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AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Foes of utility profit guarantees brew up ad campaign

COLUMBUS — “An overpriced cup of coffee is being used to illustrate a complex utility-regulation issue in a new television ad by a group that opposes profit guarantees for American Electric Power and FirstEnergy. The ad serves as the launch of a campaign sponsored by the Alliance for Energy Choice, […]

AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Renewable energy charges to show up on AEP bills

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. customers will soon see the costs of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs on their bills. An Ohio law that froze the state’s alternative energy standards included a requirement that power companies include the cost of such programs on customers’ bills. Ratepayers have […]

AEP and FirstEnergy say the guarantees are needed to maintain a reliable power grid.
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Power-grid operator concerned about profit guarantees for plants

COLUMBUS — “The operator of Ohio’s electricity grid has some big concerns about profit-guarantee proposals for American Electric Power and FirstEnergy, but is treading carefully in its comments. PJM Interconnection filed a brief on the AEP proposal on Monday, urging Ohio utility regulators to be aware of that subsidizing one […]

Ohio voters against FirstEnergy, AEP power deals, worry about utility bills
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio voters against FirstEnergy, AEP power deals, worry about utility bills

COLUMBUS — “Huge majorities of Ohio voters are adamantly opposed to paying higher monthly electric bills bankrolling FirstEnergy and American Electric Power power plants, newly released polling shows. …Ohio AARP and the newly formed Alliance for Energy Choice jointly issued findings from separate polls Friday revealing the depth of consumer concerns […]

Coal, power industries appeal to Supreme Court to halt Clean Power Plan
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Coal, power industries appeal to Supreme Court to halt Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, DC — “Several more U.S. Supreme Court appeals over the Clean Power Plan have been launched by utilities, coal companies, rural electric cooperatives, business interest groups and others in the hope that the high court will reverse a lower court’s refusal to stay the carbon rule. The Clean Power […]

Federal challenges could sink Ohio utilities’ income guarantee plans
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Federal challenges could sink Ohio utilities’ income guarantee plans

WASHINGTON, DC — “New court cases and filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could derail FirstEnergy and American Electric Power’s plans to guarantee sales to affiliated power plants, even if Ohio regulators approve the deals. On January 27, the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel joined with competing electric […]

FirstEnergy & AEP power deals violate FERC rules, say competitors, Consumers’ Counsel agrees
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy & AEP power deals violate FERC rules, say competitors, Consumers’ Counsel agrees

COLUMBUS — “The Consumers’ Counsel complaint also argued that if the FERC reviews the deals as the independents are asking it to do, the federal commission would find the cozy in-house agreements do not meet the competitive standards the commission established in previous cases. And the Consumers’ Counsel included a […]

States opposed to the Clean Power Plan.
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

CLEAN POWER PLAN: States sidestep convention in bid for Supreme Court action

WASHINGTON, DC — “States opposed to the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan made good on a recent threat to take their battle to the Supreme Court. A coalition of 25 states and four state agencies yesterday urged Chief Justice John Roberts to issue an emergency stay blocking implementation of the […]

Bill Ridmann, FirstEnergy Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

PUCO finishes hearings on utilities’ coal plant income gaurantee

COLUMBUS — “Hearings have ended and now it’s up to state regulators to decide if the so-called coal plant bailout for two electric utilities should be approved. FirstEnergy and AEP say adding a charge to customers’ monthly bills in order to guarantee income for struggling coal plants will stabilize costs and ensure […]

FirstEnergy Corp. wants its customers to guarantee profitability of its largest coal-fired power plant in Ohio for the next 15 years. The company argues that after the first three years, Sammis would actually make money for customers because wholesale prices would increase. Critics disagree.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

As hearings conclude, FirstEnergy subsidy proposal remains in doubt

FirstEnergy says it wants to preserve Ohio jobs, but critics say its proposal would upend state and regional power markets COLUMBUS — “On the table is an eight-year settlement designed to keep two power plants operating: the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor and the W.H. Sammis coal-fired plant […]