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Todd Snitchler (L) and Steven Lesser (R) photo: RTO Insider
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ex-Ohio regulators debate AEP, FirstEnergy PPAs

Ott, Hughes, Thomas Talk Capacity Market WILLIAMSBURG, VA — “Two former Ohio regulators debated FirstEnergy’s and American Electric Power’s controversial power purchase agreements in the opening session of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners Annual Education Conference last week. Steven Lesser, who served on the Public Utilities Commission of […]

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station at Oak Harbor, Ohio, would have a guaranteed buyer for all its output if the PUCO approves a FirstEnergy plan. Photo by Kathiann M. Kowalski.
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Advocates weigh in with federal regulators on FirstEnergy plan

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy has claimed that consumers would eventually come out ahead, based on its assumption that gas prices will increase significantly over the next eight years. However, a May 2016 report by the Energy Information Administration projects that natural gas prices will remain below $5 per million British thermal […]

Use PicMyEnergy Mix to show the energy sources YOU prefer
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Use PicMyEnergy Mix to show the energy sources YOU prefer

CLEVELAND — When you buy a product or service you can mostly get what you want, right? For instance, with a new car purchase you can prioritize things like gas mileage, safety or other features in accordance with your values and needs. Now what about your home’s electricity — is […]

AEP confronts coal ‘risks’ with cleaner options
AEP / Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

AEP confronts coal ‘risks’ with cleaner options

CHARLESTON, WV — American Electric Power, one of the nation’s largest power distributors, has historically relied on coal, but increasing pressure from a variety of sources is driving the utility to broaden its horizons. AEP cites a number of risk factors: environmental regulations, such as the Clean Power Plan; a […]

AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Will Ohio’s energy industry be re-regulated?

COLUMBUS — “AEP and FirstEnergy customers were on a path where they were going to see increases on their electric bills. Those increases would’ve propped up coal plants that don’t perform well in the market. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — or FERC — stepped in and blocked the […]

Cathy Cowan Becker looks at electric bill in her Grove City home. Photo: Andy Chow
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

From the power plant to your electric bill: Federal ruling sets stage for big decisions

COLUMBUS — “What Cathy [Cowan Becker] and the 4.7 million other Ohio customers that pay for electricity might not realize yet is that the future of their electric bills and the energy industry are approaching a monumental moment. And a decision from federal regulators regarding coal plants may have set […]

AEP Ohio seeks developers for large-scale solar energy projects
AEP / Coal

AEP Ohio seeks developers for large-scale solar energy projects

COLUMBUS —”AEP committed to building 900 megawatts of wind and solar powered projects in the state as part of a December agreement with the Sierra Club. The environmental group dropped its once-heated opposition to AEP’s income-guarantee plan in large part because of the provision. The Columbus company’s Gahanna subsidiary, AEP […]

AEP used the Sierra Club's logo in a TV advertisement it produced to garner support for the proposal, and the Sierra Club urged its backers to write letters of support for the plan.
AEP / Energy

AEP wants to pursue 900MW of renewable power in Ohio – with caveats

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. still plans to pursue a big chunk of new renewable energy projects in Ohio – as long as state regulators clarify some issues. One of the central planks of the utility’s proposal to guarantee income for some of its coal-fired power plants in […]

Ohio failed to protect customers and markets, so federal regulators came to the rescue
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio failed to protect customers and markets, so federal regulators came to the rescue

COLUMBUS — “The PUCO, by approving the bailouts, abjectly failed to uphold its mission. By stating the subsidies would stabilize prices and protect jobs at these plants, the PUCO tried to justify its decision. Although true, this does not justify saddling customers with $6 billion in above-market costs. Moreover, it […]

PUCO Chairman Andre Porter
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

All eyes on AEP, FirstEnergy with Ohio PPAs in doubt

Companies to seek ‘reregulation’; PUCO Chair Porter resigns COLUMBUS — “On Friday, Andre T. Porter, the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, announced his resignation, little more than a year after taking the position and less than a month after shepherding through the controversial PPAs. Porter’s announcement came two […]