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AEP proposes increase to Customer Charge Line on electric bill
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

AEP proposes increase to Customer Charge Line on electric bill

COLUMBUS — “State energy regulators are looking over a new plan, proposed by AEP, that would allow the utility company to increase rates on customer electric bills. AEP is asking to increase a certain line item on electric bills by 120%. That ‘customer charge’ would go up about $10 more a […]

Ohio Citizen Action  member Spencer Dennis testifying at the April 17, 2017 PUCO hearing in Columbus.
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

AEP proposes 120 percent increase to fixed fees on Ohio customers’ bills

COLUMBUS — “The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) held a public hearing in Columbus Monday on AEP Ohio’s proposal to increase the customers’ fixed fees 120 percent. The fixed charge, or ‘customer charge,’ is a portion of the electric bill consumers pay regardless what volume of electricity they use. […]

AEP proposing a rate increase for Ohio residents
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

AEP proposing a rate increase for Ohio residents

COLUMBUS — “If you’re an AEP Ohio customer, your electric bill could be going up. The utility company is proposing to increase their fixed rate from $8.40 a month to $18.40 a month. …The [PUCO] will decide on whether to approve or deny the company’s request and there’s a lot […]

Bucyrus City Hall Council Chambers. 22 members of the public attended the April 10th hearing, 7 personally testified against the AEP rate hike.
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

Electric base rates could rise for AEP Ohio

BUCYRUS — “The first of four statewide hearings about potentially raising base rates of electricity highlighted Bucyrus residents’ concerns Monday. Nearly 30 people visited city hall to listen as seven others stood to testify for the commission. A court reporter recorded every word as evidence in the matter. Beth Trombold, one of five […]

The AEP building in Columbus.
AEP / Coal

As Trump vows to save coal jobs, AEP focuses on renewables

COLUMBUS — “President Donald Trump on Tuesday slashed environmental standards while surrounded by executives and workers from coal companies, including Ohio’s Murray Energy Corp. He signed the executive order to reverse his predecessor’s climate change endeavors: President Obama went too far, Trump says, and he wants to put miners back […]

AEP wants you to pay more every month before you even turn on your lights
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, […]

Ohio wind farm development has stalled with the two-year freeze on rules requiring power companies to provide more green power every year. Lawmakers have now decided to make the mandates voluntary for another two years. Gov. John Kasich has threatened to veto the bill. (Plain Dealer file photo)
AEP / Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio GOP lawmakers aim to kill wind, solar mandates, endorse competitive markets

CLEVELAND — “The Republican majority in the Ohio House is moving again to get rid of the state’s renewable energy rules. In a bill sponsored by a Cincinnati Republican and released late Tuesday, the House would make voluntary the mandates that now require power companies to generate or buy and […]

The Conesville plant in Coshocton County.
AEP / Coal

Dynegy, AEP swap Ohio power plant ownership

COLUMBUS — “AEP and Dynegy have swapped ownership of a pair of Ohio power plants. The transaction is another indicator of an Ohio electric market caught in a sea of change. Natural-gas and renewable power are replacing coal-fired generation to produce the country’s power, and Ohio’s utilities are gradually exiting […]

Ohio voters want energy choice, oppose return to monopoly utilities
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio voters want energy choice, oppose return to monopoly utilities

CLEVELAND — “Efforts by the state’s traditional monopoly power companies to persuade lawmakers to scrap competitive markets and return to a fully regulated system could run afoul of an important political player — voters. A telephone survey conducted in January by Fallon Research and Communications, of Columbus and Washington, D.C., found […]

Photo by Friscocali / Creative Commons
AEP / Energy

AEP has just four power plants left in Ohio after sale to investment firm

COLUMBUS — “AEP has closed on its previously announced sale of four power plants, three of them in Ohio and the other in Indiana. American Electric Power Company Inc. (NYSE:AEP) sold the plants for $2.1 billion to New York-based Blackstone Group LP and an ArcLight Capital Partners affiliate and operate […]