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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 […]

The Gallatin Fossil Plant, a coal-burning power plant run by the Tennessee Valley Authority in Gallatin, Tenn. Coal ash from the plant has been seeping into groundwater and the river, two recent lawsuits say, possibly threatening drinking water for a million people (credit: Joe Buglewicz/The New York Times).
Coal Ash

2 Tennessee cases bring coal’s hidden hazard to light

GALLATIN, TN — “The hulking Gallatin Fossil Plant sits on a scenic bend of the Cumberland River about 30 miles upstream from Nashville. In addition to generating electricity, the plant, built in the early 1950s by the Tennessee Valley Authority, produces more than 200,000 tons of coal residue a year. […]

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 […]

Official statement on SB 128 by Rachael Belz,  Ohio Citizen Action Executive Director
Energy / FirstEnergy

Official statement on SB 128 by Rachael Belz, Ohio Citizen Action Executive Director

FirstEnergy would have us believe their desire for a Zero Emission Credit (ZEC) program in Ohio, as proposed in SB 128,  is about incentivizing low-carbon energy generation. If that were true, they would have made more significant investments in renewable energy projects and not dispatched legions of lobbyists to Columbus […]

Credit: Neal Wellons (Creative Commons)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Ohio nuclear bill could clash with federal law, conceals info from public

COLUMBUS — “A bill to subsidize FirstEnergy’s Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants presents potential conflicts under Ohio and federal law. Senate Bill 128 would implement FirstEnergy’s zero-emission nuclear, or ZEN, program to have its Ohio utilities’ two million distribution customers pay above-market prices for as much as $57 per year […]

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 […]

Electricity rate change to swell bills

Electricity rate change to swell bills

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 […]

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 […]

Cincinnati staff director, Maggie Center.
Ohio Citizen Action

Introducing Maggie Center, Cincinnati staff director

CINCINNATI — We are so pleased to introduce our Cincinnati staff Director Maggie Center. Maggie earned a bachelors degree in Human Development and Women’s studies from Colorado State. As part of her concentration on adolescent development she worked with at-risk teenage girls. This experience attracted her to the mission of […]

FirstEnergy's Perry nuclear plant. Photo By
Wainstead / Creative Commons
Energy / FirstEnergy

Opposition mounts to Ohio’s “Nuclear Bailout” bill

COLUMBUS — “Opposition is mounting to a plan to charge Ohioans to bail out one company’s aging nuclear power plants. Senate Bill 128 in the Ohio Legislature would add a charge to people’s electric bills to subsidize plants owned by FirstEnergy, a company that provides power to about 2 million residential […]