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AEP Ohio says it will maintain its energy-efficiency programs despite a new state law easing requirements. One way AEP encourages savings is paying a bounty for old, less-efficient refrigerators.
AEP / Energy

AEP keeping it ‘green’

Most investor-owned utilities in Ohio don’t plan any changes to energy-efficiency programs despite new law COLUMBUS — “‘Green’-energy efforts in Ohio might not be in suspended animation after all. All but one of Ohio’s regulated electricity utilities plan to continue with their green-energy programs despite a new state law that […]

Fracking driving demand for power, boosting AEP
AEP / Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking driving demand for power, boosting AEP

COLUMBUS — “Gigawatt hour use for the Columbus-based utility’s biggest energy users grew 29.9 percent in 2014’s first-quarter compared with a year ago, the company said in its earnings release Friday. Meanwhile, non-shale-county industrial sales fell 0.4 percent. ‘We are seeing quite a bit of growth related to shale gas […]

AEP expects to retire 585-megawatt coal-fueled unit in Ohio
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP expects to retire 585-megawatt coal-fueled unit in Ohio

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) announced today that it expects to retire its 585-megawatt (MW) coal-fueled Muskingum River Plant Unit 5 in Beverly, Ohio, in 2015. AEP reached an agreement with other parties in February to modify the company’s 2007 New Source Review Consent Decree and give AEP […]

EPA plan caps water pollutants from power plants
AEP / Coal / Energy

EPA plan caps water pollutants from power plants

COLUMBUS — “‘The question comes down to “Can power plants meet these limits consistently?” It could be hard for some of these facilities,’ said Paul Chu, a project manager for the Electric Power Research Institute, which is supported by the power industry. Power plants pollute streams and lakes from several […]

AEP to pay $8.5 million, stop burning coal at three power plants
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP to pay $8.5 million, stop burning coal at three power plants

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power will pay $8.5 million and stop burning coal at three power plants, part of a revision of a previous settlement with environmental groups, states and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The 30-page agreement, made public this morning, is a revision of an agreement from 2007. […]

Power company loses some of its appetite for coal
AEP / Coal / Energy

Power company loses some of its appetite for coal

WASHINGTON, DC — “American Electric Power, or A.E.P., the nation’s biggest consumer of coal, announced that it would shut its coal-burning boilers at the Big Sandy electric power plant near Louisa, Ky., a 1,100-megawatt facility that since the early 1960s has been burning coal that was mined locally. Big Sandy […]

Electricity suppliers might pass along AEP fee
AEP / Energy

Electricity suppliers might pass along AEP fee

COLUMBUS — “Evidence is starting to emerge about how electricity suppliers will react if state regulators grant American Electric Power’s request to modify a fee paid by competitors. DPL Energy already is passing the costs on to customers, according to a filing by grocery chain Aldi Inc. with the Public […]

Coal-plant plunge threatens billions in pollution spend
AEP / Coal / Energy

Coal-plant plunge threatens billions in pollution spend

CHICAGO, IL — “The coal-fired power industry in the U.S. is facing the biggest plunge in asset values in a decade, risking billions of dollars in pollution-control spending by utilities such as Exelon Corp. (EXC) and American Electric Power Co. (AEP) An indication of how much new emissions rules and […]

AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Fight over AEP electric bills hits Ohio airwaves

COLUMBUS — “In a year notable for its barrage of presidential TV ads, a pair of Ohio utilities unaccustomed to high-profile spats is also taking to the airwaves in a dispute over future electric bills. The rivalry involves Columbus-based American Electric Power’s request to raise rates as it recovers costs […]

Coal power plants may be razed or sold once closed
AEP / Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Coal power plants may be razed or sold once closed

COLUMBUS — “The shutdowns will eliminate toxic compounds, including mercury, along with pollutants that cause smog and soot. But what will become of these plants after the lights go out? There are other environmental hazards at coal-fired plants, including asbestos, contaminated soil in coal yards, ash lagoons and landfills, and […]