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Rachael Belz executive director of Ohio Citizen Action
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

Rachael Belz: Should utilities be allowed to hike their fixed rate? No

Raising electric fees is a bad deal for Ohioans COLUMBUS — “Using more electricity means your monthly utility bill goes up. And using less means your bill goes down, right? That’s what you’d expect, but that’s not what Ohio households will experience if the state’s Public Utilities Commission goes along […]

AEP shifting charges to match “true cost of delivery”
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AEP shifting charges to match “true cost of delivery”

COLUMBUS — “One of the state’s largest utility companies is proposing a change to the way they charge customers for their power. Some groups are crying foul, but AEP Ohio says other changes will offset those costs. AEP is increasing the fixed rate, or so-called customer charge, to ratepayer’s electric […]

Ohio utility bills may see increase
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Ohio utility bills may see increase

MARIETTA — “Local utility bills for small consumers may soon see a significant upfront increase due to changes in American Electric Power Ohio’s proposed service plan. ‘If this goes through, as early as this summer customers could see a huge increase on their bills,’ said Rachael Belz, executive director of […]

AEP proposes increase to Customer Charge Line on electric bill
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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.
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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 is proposing to increase their fixed rate from $8.40 a month to $18.40 a month. (WSYX/WTTE)
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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 […]

The Gallatin Fossil Plant, a coal-burning power plant run by the Tennessee Valley Authority in Gallatin, Tenn. Coal ash from the plant has been seeping into groundwater and the river, two recent lawsuits say, possibly threatening drinking water for a million people (credit: Joe Buglewicz/The New York Times).
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2 Tennessee cases bring coal’s hidden hazard to light

GALLATIN, TN — “The hulking Gallatin Fossil Plant sits on a scenic bend of the Cumberland River about 30 miles upstream from Nashville. In addition to generating electricity, the plant, built in the early 1950s by the Tennessee Valley Authority, produces more than 200,000 tons of coal residue a year. […]

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 […]

Kentucky regulators agreed coal ash rules were bad — In 2010
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Kentucky regulators agreed coal ash rules were bad — In 2010

FRANKFORT, KY — “The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection is moving forward with new regulations that weaken the state’s prior review of coal ash landfills. If they are enacted, there will be no comprehensive permitting process for the large-scale landfills that hold coal combustion waste near power plants. Instead, utilities […]

The entire coal industry employs fewer people than Arby’s
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The entire coal industry employs fewer people than Arby’s

WASHINGTON, DC — “‘My action today is the latest in a series of steps to create American jobs and to grow American wealth,’ President Trump said earlier this week before a group of coal miners. Trump was announcing the rollback of several Obama-era environmental regulations that would have affected industries such as […]