Tuesday, April 10, 2001

Electric supplies OK here

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — While electricity is expected to be tight in some parts of the country this summer, power supplies are expected to be adequate in Ohio.

        No blackouts or brownouts are expected, barring a protracted heat wave, said Alan Schriber, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

        He said many of Ohio's largest industrial customers have contracts that allow suppliers to interrupt their service during peak usage, and that's a good line of defense against brownouts. .

        Prices for residential customers will remain frozen for five years as part of deregulation that started Jan. 1. Even if utilities are forced to pay high prices, customers will not be affected, Mr. Schriber said.

        “Prices are not going to go up,” he said. “It might be a problem where a utility is concerned.”


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