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. 
Photo by
Mark Cameron / Creative Commons
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 […]

AEP to invest $1.8 billion in renewables over the next three years
AEP / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

AEP to invest $1.8 billion in renewables over the next three years

One of the United States’ largest power companies is looking to increase its renewable energy portfolio five-fold in value and has identified a 1.37 GW solar pipeline COLUMBUS — “If there was one definitive sign that renewable energy has gone mainstream, this may be it. Last Friday American Electric Power (AEP), […]

AEP / Dayton Power & Light / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Interested party meetings continuing on OVEC bills

COLUMBUS — “Stakeholders continue to debate a Senate bill to grant cost recovery for utility owners of the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation. But opponents, viewing the bill (SB 155) and its House companion (HB 239) as ‘bailouts’ at the expense of consumers, remain unconvinced according to one party planning to participate […]

Will the U.S. ever build another big coal plant?
AEP / Climate Change / Coal / Energy

Will the U.S. ever build another big coal plant?

The coal industry is contracting as plants retire and utilities replace them with natural gas and renewables WASHINGTON, DC — “About 16 percent of the U.S. coal fleet has retired in the past five years, but don’t expect major new coal-fired plants to fill that void. The federal government counts […]

The San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm in Riverside County, CA (Credit: Nandaro / Creative Commons).
AEP / Wind Energy

AEP eyes April 2018 as pivotal month for future of nation’s largest wind farm

COLUMBUS — “A Columbus electric utility is buying the largest single-site wind project in American history – and it’s chosen April as the do-or-die month for its future. The 800-turbine, 2,000 megawatt project being built in Oklahoma by Invenergy and General Electric’s renewable energy division is a massive undertaking that […]

Credit: Columbus Dispatch file photo
AEP / Renewable Energy

AEP renewable energy charge getting scrutiny

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. […]

The Oregon Clean Energy Center, an 860-megawatt gas turbine power plant east of Toledo, is expected to begin commercial operations within weeks. Private developers raised the $800 million to build the plant, which will sell its power into wholesale electric markets. Oregon's developers are building a similar plant in Lordstown and are seeking permits to build a second plant at each location. Utility legislation pending before the Ohio legislature to subsidize old nuclear and coal power plants could derail those plans. (Oregon Clean Energy Center)
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy / Utilities

Electric bill increases guaranteed in Ohio if certain legislation passes

CLEVELAND — “A power struggle has erupted in the Statehouse pitting Ohio’s traditional electric utilities against new independent power producers, as well as consumer, environmental and business groups wary of rate increases. The outcome will have an impact not only on what consumers will pay for power in the future, but […]