HEFTY PRICE TAG June Windstorm Cost Large Utilities $172 Million
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 21, 2012 10:00 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 21, 2012 12:51 PM EDT
, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
The June windstorm that knocked out power to thousands of West Virginians also had a hefty price tag for the largest power providers, costing them a combined $172 million.
Eleven utilities filed the reports Monday, outlining the damage costs with the Public Service Commission. They detail the extent of the damage from the June 29 storm.
The Charleston Daily Mail reports Appalachian Power and First Energy subsidiaries Mon Power and Potomac Edison replaced or repaired a combined 2,700 power poles, more than 300 miles of wire and 1,600 transformers after the windstorm.
Frontier Communications said it had 20 generators stolen following the storm.
The windstorm and subsequent storms left three people dead and more than 680,000 customers without electricity across the state.
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