Nick McWilliams reporting – With the Christmas weekend winter storm leading to massive electrical usage, Dover Light and Power avoided major charges.

During some of the lowest temperatures the state of Ohio has ever seen, regional electrical entities have opened investigations of grid performance during record-setting demand for electricity.

Interim Mayor Shane Gunnoe told council that due to the high demand, prices for electricity from the grid skyrocketed, leading to the city’s light and power plant to ramp up production.

“In response, the city of Dover ran our leaking power units at the light plant that we keep for situations like this, and took us nearly completely off the regional transmission system. Thank you to the employees of the Dover electric generating department for keeping the lights on during the storm with affordable power.”

Gunnoe adds that peaking megawatt hours went from $50 to $4,000 during the period between December 23rd and 24th.

Nationwide, as a result of the increases demand, thousands were left without power at various times during the storm, along with Ohio, as the electric grid struggled in some areas to keep up with the dropping temperatures.

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