Power Company Could Still Have to Pay Up for Storm Outages

Power Company Could Still Have to Pay Up for Storm Outages

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah Power may still have to pay customers who lost power during a 2003 winter storm despite a ruling that the outages were caused by the weather.

The Utah Public Service Commission ruled yesterday that a "major event" led to the outages during the holiday season. But that doesn't necessarily mean the utility is off the financial hook.

Two lawyers have asked the commission to approve a class-action petition for up to 100 (m) million more dollars from the utility.

They say Utah Power shouldn't be able to use the major event declaration as a way to limit its liability.

Utah Power voluntarily gave 1-point-8 (m) million dollars to people who had to replace spoiled food and suffered other financial losses because of the outage. The utility is not sure it is liable for more.

A spokesman says Utah Power will study the commission ruling.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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