Fixed Rate Hikes

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
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 […]

Ohio Citizen Action  member Spencer Dennis testifying at the April 17, 2017 PUCO hearing in Columbus.
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

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 is proposing to increase their fixed rate from $8.40 a month to $18.40 a month. (WSYX/WTTE)
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

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.
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

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 […]

Rachael Belz, executive director, Ohio Citizen Action
Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

What Ohioans are saying about fixed charge hikes proposed by electric companies

Commentary from Ohio Citizen Action Executive Director Rachael Belz Who wants to talk about household bills, right? It’s not exactly the most fun topic, but for the past few months, we’ve been out in neighborhoods across Ohio knocking on doors to talk with residents about just that subject – more […]

Public hearing on AEP rate hike in Columbus
Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

Public hearing on AEP rate hike in Columbus

It isn’t fair to have to pay a lot more on your electric bill every month even if you’re not using more electricity – yet that’s exactly what AEP and other electric companies in the state want. If you’re an AEP customer, you would see your monthly fixed charge go […]

AEP's Conesville Power Station Credit: Delta Whiskey, Creative Commons
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes / Utilities

AEP Ohio rate plan excludes merchant generation

COLUMBUS — “AEP Ohio proposed a new retail rate plan that would more than triple residential customers’ fixed charges and shift more costs to customers that do not purchase their power through a competitive supplier. But the company’s request for a six-year extension of its ‘Electric Security Plan’ (ESP) lacks […]

Other states balk at hiking utility fixed fee
Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

Other states balk at hiking utility fixed fee

MILWAUKEE, WI — “As Alliant Energy Corp. seeks to more than double its fixed customer charge on monthly electric bills over the next two years, a review of rate cases around the country finds that regulators in other states are taking a dimmer view of these proposals than Wisconsin. Critics […]