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

Critics say Ohio utility’s proposed fixed charge increase will slow efficiency, clean energy

COLUMBUS — “Proposed rate changes for American Electric Power’s Ohio utility customers could unduly burden the grid by discouraging energy efficiency and distributed generation, according to critics. At issue is AEP’s proposal to increase fixed charges for its Ohio utility customers by more than twice the current rate—from $8.40 per […]

A cloud of toxic coal ash is seen blowing like a sandstorm straight at the homes on the Moapa River Reservation (credit: Moapa Band of Paiutes).
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Polluters ask Trump administration to cut safeguards for nation’s No. 2 toxic pollution threat

WASHINGTON, DC — “Dangerous piles of industrial waste laced with lead, arsenic, mercury and other toxics will continue to threaten communities all over America if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants a legal petition that industrial polluters filed today. The polluters’ Petition for Reconsideration seeks to do away with most […]

IEEFA extra: Why coal bailouts won’t work
Coal / Energy

IEEFA extra: Why coal bailouts won’t work

CLEVELAND — “‘Anyone who watches the energy markets knows the coal industry is in serious trouble. The political rhetoric around the energy markets is higher than it’s been for years, if not decades. The truth of the matter is that nothing can reverse the market forces that are pushing coal […]

For the second month in a row, natural gas beat coal as the main source of U.S. electricity generation, accounting for 35.2 percent of supplies in August, a government report showed.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Coal-heavy utilities are changing course as the new energy economy unfolds

NEW YORK, NY — “The marketplace is bruising FirstEnergy Corp.’s competitive businesses and forcing it to pull back and zero-in on its regulated delivery systems where all of its returns are approved by utility commissioners. Other coal-heavy utilities are taking a different tack, however, and investing in the green energy […]

Critics of AEP plan to raise billing fee see harm to low-income customers
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

Critics of AEP plan to raise billing fee see harm to low-income customers

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power wants to raise its billing fee by $10 per month, a proposal that critics say would hit low-income consumers hardest and would discourage clean-energy technologies. The opponents had the floor to themselves Tuesday at a public hearing before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. All […]

Today’s energy jobs are in solar, not coal
Coal / Energy

Today’s energy jobs are in solar, not coal

NEW YORK, NY – “President Trump has promised to revive the coal industry and double down on fossil fuels, creating “so many energy jobs,” but he has not focused on the increasingly important role of renewable power in America’s energy economy. Last year, the solar industry employed many more Americans […]

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”
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

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
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

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
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 […]