AEP / Energy

AEP wants you to pay more every month before you even turn on your lights

COLUMBUS — American Electric Power (AEP) recently rolled out a proposal to increase upfront, mandatory residential fixed fees, called the “customer charge”, from a current $8.40 to $13.40 per month, and another increase in 2018 to $18.40 per month —  a whopping 119% increase. This means instead of paying $100.80, customers would pay $220.80 annually, which for many people is like adding a 13th electric bill.

In states like Wisconsin, this approach has led to higher costs, particularly for low-use and – at times – low-income customers, by reducing customers’ ability to control their bill. It eliminates the incentive to conserve energy and purchase more energy efficient appliances because it’s a flat charge you have to pay every month no matter how much energy you use.

In a desperate effort to cover costs in a rapidly changing energy landscape, utilities have proposed these fixed rate charges all over the nation. If they hadn’t banked on coal remaining cheap, they wouldn’t be in the position they’re in.

The good news is, national resistance to these proposals began in 2014 and is gaining  momentum. We need to stop this in Ohio right now. All Ohio residential customers must speak out against fixed rate charges, or we’ll see more utilities turn to them to compensate for their bad business decisions to delay the transition to cleaner energy and more efficient energy use.

Please speak out at one of these AEP Fixed Rate Hearings

Monday, April 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Bucyrus City Hall

Council Chambers

500 S. Sandusky Avenue

Bucyrus, Ohio 448220


Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Washington State Community College

Arts & Science Building

Harvey Graham Auditorium

710 Colegate Drive

Marietta, Ohio 45750


Monday, April 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Ohio History Center

800 East 17th Avenue

Cardinal Classroom

Columbus, Ohio 43211


Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.

PUCO offices

80 East Broad Street

Hearing Room 11-B

Columbus, Ohio 43215

Those who testify at the local public hearings will have their comments added to the case record.

Consumers may also submit comments online at or by mail addressed to 180 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215. Correspondence should include the case number 16-1852-EL-SSO.

An evidentiary hearing is scheduled to commence on June 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the PUCO offices in Columbus.