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Dayton Power & Light

Dayton Power & Light says a power line short caused the evacuation of the Reibold Building in downtown Dayton this morning. The short caused a loss of power and smoke filled the building's basement level, which set off fire alarms.

 

The Reibold building houses Public Health, Dayton and Montgomery County and Job and Family Services. About 350 employees were sent home for the day while crews worked to repair the damaged power line.

 

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The state of Ohio has been investigating its competitive energy market for a year now, and the state reports electric competition is growing, which means more options for consumers.

Energy choice itself doesn’t look like much: the lights go on, the lights go off, and you pay your monthly bill the same way. But in the past, a utility company—the name that’s on most people’s electric bills—also owned the actual power plant. Electric choice, which was passed in Ohio over ten years ago, is gradually moving the market away from that system.

Ohio officials say more than 200,000 residents around the state are still without power days after two weekend thunderstorms left many in the dark.

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency released new figures Wednesday afternoon that add several thousand customers from Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives to the tally.  The bulk of the outages still belong to customers of American Electric Power.

Dayton Power & Light is reporting just a handful of outages in the listening area now and plan to have it all back online by this evening.