Ohio Watchdog: Utility Upgrade Costs Need Controls

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio -- Ohio's utility watchdog is calling for more accountability from giant utility companies as they make expensive conversions to green energy and extend cell phone, wireless and broadband coverage.

Consumer's Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander is marking five years in her role this year.

She says she expects in her second five years to see many of america's existing utility networks modernized, and she doesn't want consumers to pay more than their share.

She plans to fight for cost caps on those projects and for utilities to give a full account of how they spend money.

Migden-Ostrander took office after her predecessor, Robert Tongren, became caught up in scandal.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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