LA PSC to investigate utility's response to hurricane

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's energy regulators are preparing documents to launch an outside investigation into the performance of utility companies before and after Hurricane Gustav.

The Public Service Commission says more than 100,000 electricity customers are still without power, down from 1.3 million outages the day after the storm. Gustav struck on September 1st.

The PSC on Wednesday instructed its staffers to prepare for hiring an independent consultant to look into how the utilities protected their assets before the storm and how well they responded to outages and the storm's destruction. The commission is expected to approve sending out bids on the contract at its next meeting, in October.

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