AEP told to stop collecting unlawful charges from customers

COLUMBUS — “The state’s utility regulator suspended certain rates yesterday that American Electric Power (AEP) was unlawfully charging after the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) and other customer groups requested the changes. The rate changes will result in lower bills for customers.

‘The OCC is pleased AEP has been required to reduce its electric rates after the Supreme Court of Ohio reversed the decision by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to raise them,’ Consumers’ Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander said. ‘While additional review is still needed, we are hoping the rate reduction the OCC and others sought and won will be realized so both residential and business customers can benefit.’

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) decision was based on a unanimous opinion from the Court which found the PUCO erred when it allowed charges for AEP’s perceived risk as a back-up electricity provider for shopping customers and carrying charges on environmental investments made prior to Jan. 1, 2009 to be passed onto customers.”

— News release, Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel

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