AEP / Renewable Energy

AEP renewable energy charge getting scrutiny

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COLUMBUS — “Your bill from American Electric Power is the sum of many parts, including a charge for renewable-energy programs. That charge has doubled at the same time that the overall bill has decreased.

Called the Alternative Energy Rider, the charge is about $2 for a typical household this month. As recently as March, the charge was $1 per month.

The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel has said in regulatory filings that the increase is large enough to warrant closer inspection. But AEP has said in its own filing this month that the charge is a routine issue and the consumer advocate should not be allowed to intervene.

This argument, buried deep in the docket of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, is important not because of the amount at stake, but because bills are increasingly made up of these ‘riders,’ which are subject to change without the same level of scrutiny as a large rate increase.”

— Dan Gearino, Columbus Dispatch

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