Standing from left to right: Bryan Sonnega, Casey Worth, Christina Calderon, Dan Kerschner, Cory Stewart, Mike Blood, and JC Satt. Front row: Jordan Opst, Jacob VanWagoner, Annie Kreutzber, and Noah Yasi.
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Citizen Action

6,677 letters to stop the utility bailouts in Ohio

Cincinnati Canvass Cleveland Canvass CINCINNATI and CLEVELAND — As of May16, 6,677 Ohio Citizen Action members have sent handwritten letters urging the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and Governor John Kasich to stop the financial bailout of Ohio’s outdated, least efficient coal plants. FirstEnergy, American Electric Power and Duke Energy […]

AEP revises request for coal-plant income guarantee
AEP / Coal

AEP revises request for coal-plant income guarantee

COLUMBUS — “The filing with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, made late on Friday, is an addition to one made last October, taking into account what has happened since then in the electricity market and with PUCO rulings. The October proposal addressed four coal-fired power plants: W.H. Zimmer, J.M. […]

AEP had sought a guaranteed rates for some of its older plants, including one near Conesville, Ohio.
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP now wants quick decision on latest power purchase agreement proposal

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. isn’t resting in its quest to guarantee the financial stability of its Ohio coal-fired power plants. The company now is asking state regulators to render a decision – and fast – on an expansive power purchase agreement so it can decide if it […]

Net metering going under the microscope in Ohio
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Net metering going under the microscope in Ohio

COLUMBUS  — “Net metering provides a way for utility customers to feed electricity they might produce with renewable or advanced energy technologies back into the grid. Under Ohio law, customers are supposed to pay only for their net electricity use and get credit for any excess ‘identical in rate structure‘ […]

Solar group, AEP at odds over costs of connecting to grid
AEP / Energy

Solar group, AEP at odds over costs of connecting to grid

Alliance for Solar Choice launches campaign against utility’s stance COLUMBUS — “An advocate for rooftop solar power is taking shots at American Electric Power. The Alliance for Solar Choice is behind a website,, and a billboard truck that was in Columbus on Tuesday to promote the site. The group […]

AEP CEO Nick Akins
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP CEO on PUCO: ‘Turnover is a challenge’ but new leader knows issues

COLUMBUS — “AEP and the state’s other electric utilities are in the midst of major state-level decisions as they face issues stemming from operating in Ohio’s deregulated marketplace. The PUCO, the state agency that oversees Ohio’s power industry, has experienced sizable churn at the top in the last few years. […]

American Electric Power’s Cardinal plant.
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP leaning toward selling Ohio power plants

Utility concerned about financial viability of unregulated plants COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power appears increasingly likely to sell its Ohio power plants, citing a regulatory structure that the company’s chief executive says is not conducive to investment. …Columbus-based AEP has asked the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to provide a […]

William M. Bowen is professor of public administration and urban studies at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Denying FirstEnergy’s power purchase agreement would leave Ohio’s regulators three-for-three

CLEVELAND — “The importance and value of distributed generation, renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency has, for a variety of reasons, now become more crucial than ever. Thus, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act requires something on the order of a […]

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AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Consumer electric bills riding on selection of new PUCO boss

COLUMBUS — “Gov. John Kasich has appointed Andre Porter, former Commerce Secretary, former member of the commission and a lawyer, chairman of the PUCO. As chairman, Porter will preside over FirstEnergy’s pending rate case. His predicted ascension has also generated months of speculation about the governor’s position on the FirstEnergy […]

Andre Porter
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Andre Porter confirmed to lead PUCO

COLUMBUS — “Andre Porter will in fact lead the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Tuesday afternoon that Porter, the former commerce department director, will replace PUCO Chairman Tom Johnson. Before joining the commission, he was an attorney at Schottenstein Zox & Dunn Co. LPA, and […]