PSC: Utility bills might not reflect storm outages

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia utility regulators are warning electric customers that their next bill will likely be based on estimated usage because of destructive June 29 storms that had crews scrambling to restore power to hundreds of thousands of customers.

Utilities such as Appalachian Power and Potomac Edison had to take meter readers off their regular duties to assist crews restoring power.

Officials with the Public Service Commission say that means an estimated bill will not reflect a customer's lack of power during the storms.

The commission says the next bill a customer receives after that will be based on an actual meter reading, so the charges will balance out.

At the height of the outages, some 680,000 people were without power. Many were without power for more than a week.

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