The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will hold a public hearing on last month's large-scale power outages that left hundreds of thousands of people in the dark in the southeastern part of the state following a major ice storm.

Hearings will be held Monday and Wednesday, March 24 and 26 in Montgomery and Chester counties, which were hit especially hard by the outages.

The commission's Bureau of Technical Utility Services will hold the hearings as part of its review of the outages resulting from the Feb. 5 ice storms that affected southeastern Pennsylvania.

At the peak, about 968,000 Pennsylvania electric customers lost power at some point during the storm, with some remaining without power for up to nine days.

The hearings will be held:

-- 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 24 at Montgomery County Community College.

-- 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 26 at the Tredyffrin Township Building.

Commission officials say the want to hear from residents on how the electric utility communicated information about the outages and projected restoration times.