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AEP to charge customers for summer storm repairs

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About 1.5 million AEP customers lost power last summer due to a storm. About 1.5 million AEP customers lost power last summer due to a storm.

HANCOCK COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) – Storms last summer hit the area hard, and thousands of people in Hancock County went days without power.

The storm cost American Electric Power (AEP) nearly $62 million for repairs, which AEP now intends to pass along to its customers.

It comes down to about $3 extra per month for a typical household. The extra charge would be paid for one year. Some customers are angry when faced with an extra charge for poor service received.

"It's not my fault the storm came through," said David Blakley, who lost power for three days last summer. "I don't think I should have to pay for that. It just doesn't seem very fair to me."

Blakley said he already lost money because of the storm – he lost all the food from his refrigerator.

AEP is requesting a reimbursement of $61 million, to cover the cost of labor and materials. A company spokesperson said they can be reimbursed for storm fees exceeding $5 million, and having customers pay is a routine procedure.

But Jameson Botiner, owner of Waldo's Peppers, doesn't think the company should ask for that reimbursement. Botiner's restaurant lost power for a weekend during the storm, which he said cost his business $15-20 thousand.

"That really should be a part of their business plan, to deal with emergencies," he said of AEP.

A court ruling will occur in the spring to decide whether or not AEP can charge customers for the reimbursement.

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