High court lets AEP levy fee for conserving

COLUMBUS — “A plan that allowed American Electric Power to recover revenue lost by getting customers of one of its utilities to use less electricity was upheld yesterday by the Ohio Supreme Court.

A group of industrial and commercial customers that consume large amounts of electricity had challenged a decision by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to allow AEP utility Columbus Southern Power, which serves central Ohio, to assess customers for the charges between May 2010 and Jan.1.

The dispute is different from a high-court ruling made earlier this month in which the court found that charges totaling $787 million assessed by AEP from 2009 to this year were unlawful. The company has asked for more time to show that those costs were justified.”

— Mark Williams, The Columbus Dispatch

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