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Highland County solar projects pending approval
AEP / Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

Highland County solar projects pending approval

Proposed facilities could bring millions of dollars COLUMBUS — “Local and area officials gathered in Columbus on Tuesday to urge the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to approve the construction of two massive solar farms in Highland County that could potentially bring thousands of jobs and millions of dollars to […]

Proposed AEP solar plants in southern Ohio have strong backing at hearing
AEP / Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

Proposed AEP solar plants in southern Ohio have strong backing at hearing

COLUMBUS — “It was hard to find an opponent at Tuesday’s state hearing over American Electric Power’s proposal to build two solar plants in southern Ohio. More than 50 people testified at the hearing at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, and all of them glowed about the project from an […]

Ohio PUC details utility reform roadmap in PowerForward initiative
AEP / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio PUC details utility reform roadmap in PowerForward initiative

The new roadmap, product of a year-long business model investigation, aims to create a level playing field for innovation on the utility distribution system. COLUMBUS — “How is a distribution system like an iPhone? That’s not a riddle; it’s a vision Ohio regulators have formed around the future of the grid, […]

Ohio Valley Electric Corp.'s 1,304-megawatt Clifty Creek coal plant in Madison, Ind. Crowezr/Wikipedia
AEP / Coal / Energy / Solar Energy

Coal subsidy, solar project tangled in case before Ohio Supreme Court

COLUMBUS — “The fate of a pair of 1950s-era coal plants and the largest solar project ever proposed in Ohio are entangled in a single case before the state’s Supreme Court. American Electric Power agreed to build the 400-megawatt solar project in Appalachian Ohio as part of a controversial settlement […]

Ohio Valley Electric Corp.'s 1,304-megawatt Clifty Creek coal plant in Madison, Ind. Crowezr/Wikipedia
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Money pit or fuel hedge? In Midwest, it depends who’s paying

WASHINGTON, DC — “How can two companies tell a federal judge that the 60-year-old coal plants are a financial albatross and simultaneously argue to utility regulators that the plants are a good investment for consumers? And rely on the work of the same consultant? The answer depends on who’s paying […]

Victory on fixed rate hikes
AEP / Dayton Power & Light / Duke Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes / Victory

Victory on fixed rate hikes

Thanks to the 22,765 people who filed official comments opposing Duke, AEP and DP&Ls proposed fixed rate hikes In the fall of 2015, Ohio utilities began proposing increases in the fixed rate or “customer charge” of residential electric bills. This flat fee is a delivery charge that has nothing to […]

Here’s what utilities have promised to deliver on renewables, emissions
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Here’s what utilities have promised to deliver on renewables, emissions

LANSING, MI — “A Midwest Energy News review of investor-owned utilities in the region found three-quarters of them have made voluntary renewable or emission pledges that go above and beyond what’s required under state laws. All but four of the 17 companies have set voluntary goals for renewables, emissions or both. Seven utilities have […]

Ohio utilities aren’t ready to share federal tax cut with customers
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio utilities aren’t ready to share federal tax cut with customers

COLUMBUS — “The full benefits of last year’s federal tax cuts haven’t trickled down to Ohio gas and electric bills, and if it’s up to the utilities it could be a while before that happens. Ohio utility regulators, like those in virtually every state, are deliberating on what to do with millions in tax savings […]

Consumer groups maintain rate increase cases and power purchase agreements filed by the utilities are muddying the waters of Ohio's energy market.
AEP / Dayton Power & Light / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Lower Ohio electric rates based on federal tax cut won’t be easy or quick

CLEVELAND — “Don’t plan on lower electric bills anytime soon reflecting the fat tax cut Ohio’s electric utilities are already enjoying. FirstEnergy, American Electric Power, Duke Energy and Dayton Power & Light have made it clear to the PUCO that passing on their windfall tax break from 35 percent to […]

The AEP building in Columbus, Ohio. 
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AEP / Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

Ohio utility AEP never notified public about rate-case hearings

COLUMBUS — “After nearly a year and a half of deliberations with Ohio utility regulators, environmental groups, and customer advocates, American Electric Power appears to have agreement from most parties on the terms of its latest rate case. There’s just one problem: The company forgot to invite the public. The utility began working with the […]