Fixed Rate Hikes

Dear AEP: Ohioans work hard to afford our bills and conserve electricity- don’t make it harder with big hikes in customer charges
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Dear AEP: Ohioans work hard to afford our bills and conserve electricity- don’t make it harder with big hikes in customer charges

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 of Ohio (PUCO) goes along with new proposals from the state’s leading utility […]

The AEP building in Columbus, Ohio. 
Photo by
Mark Cameron / Creative Commons
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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 […]

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

Rachael Belz executive director of Ohio Citizen Action
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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 proposing a rate increase for Ohio residents
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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 […]

Bucyrus City Hall Council Chambers. 22 members of the public attended the April 10th hearing, 7 personally testified against the AEP rate hike.
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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 […]