The puddles of water in front of my refrigerator indicate we’ve hit the 48 hour mark. Three days without power at my house in Clintonville now and still no sign of any power company vehicles.

According to AEP’s latest estimates, power to Columbus won’t be restored completely until Sunday evening. Seven days after the storm.

I really hope PUCO takes this into account when they decide whether to approve the 45% rate increase AEP is trying to impose on customers in Ohio.

I’d like to see them tie a service level agreement to the rate hike that would require AEP to have 99% up time with penalties for not meeting that service level. After 24 hours customers should be reimbursed for food. After 48 hours they should start paying for hotel rooms and travel.

I’m no expert on electrical power but it seems like a few downed trees shouldn’t shut down power to two million people. (then again, I wouldn’t have thought a problem with a power facility in Eastlake, OH could shut down service to all of NYC either.)

Speaking of downed trees, here are some more images from my neighborhood…

  • Paul

    99% uptime sounds good but in reality, that means 87.66 hours of “allowed” downtime per calendar year.

    That’s just over 3 and a half days.

  • Good point, Paul. So lets give them 99.9885845% – or about 1 hour a year.

  • Paul

    But what if it’s during the Daily Show and Colbert!?!

    It’s time to look into a generator, I think.

  • well- they’ll replay both later in the evening. so no worries.

    I ran out as soon as the power went out. Target had their generator running. It was dark in the store but the registers were still running.

    I was able to get a really cool LED latern- thinking it would get me through the night.

    Had I known the power would be out for a week I would have gone to Lowes instead and picked up a generator.

    For about $400 you can get a 3500 watt generator that will run your lights, tv and refrigerator.

    It would totally have been worth it.

  • dirtgirl

    Yeah, especially because we’re paying for a week in a hotel at about $150 a night.

    -Joe’s wife

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