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AEP used the Sierra Club's logo in a TV advertisement it produced to garner support for the proposal, and the Sierra Club urged its backers to write letters of support for the plan.
AEP / Energy

AEP wants to pursue 900MW of renewable power in Ohio – with caveats

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. still plans to pursue a big chunk of new renewable energy projects in Ohio – as long as state regulators clarify some issues. One of the central planks of the utility’s proposal to guarantee income for some of its coal-fired power plants in […]

Ohio failed to protect customers and markets, so federal regulators came to the rescue
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio failed to protect customers and markets, so federal regulators came to the rescue

COLUMBUS — “The PUCO, by approving the bailouts, abjectly failed to uphold its mission. By stating the subsidies would stabilize prices and protect jobs at these plants, the PUCO tried to justify its decision. Although true, this does not justify saddling customers with $6 billion in above-market costs. Moreover, it […]

FirstEnergy's downtown Akron headquarters.

FirstEnergy seeks changes to PUCO-approved plan to subsidize older power plants

AKRON — “Less than a month after the approval, on April 27, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission put the brakes on the deal. It rescinded waivers it had previously extended to FirstEnergy, which allowed the company to engage in transactions to purchase power from its own affiliates. FERC said it […]

Adam Ganson
Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action alumni Adam Ganson

CINCINNATI —Adam was in town visiting family for Passover from Israel, where he now co-directs an urban agriculture non-profit called Earth’s Promise. He visited us at our table for Earth Day O-T-R and posed for this photo postcard, urging Governor Kasich to get Ohio’s energy policy back on track. It’s […]

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station at Oak Harbor, Ohio, would have a guaranteed buyer for all its output if the PUCO approves a FirstEnergy plan. Photo by Kathiann M. Kowalski.
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy abandons its ‘power purchase agreements,’ but not its plan for customers to pay more

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy now wants Ohio regulators to forget about the ‘power purchase agreements’ they approved to save the company’s old power plants — but at the same time allow the company to keep the monthly customer surcharges that the PPAs were designed to produce. In a move that appears to […]

PUCO Chairman Andre Porter
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

All eyes on AEP, FirstEnergy with Ohio PPAs in doubt

Companies to seek ‘reregulation’; PUCO Chair Porter resigns COLUMBUS — “On Friday, Andre T. Porter, the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, announced his resignation, little more than a year after taking the position and less than a month after shepherding through the controversial PPAs. Porter’s announcement came two […]

Nick Akins, the top executive at American Electric Power
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Returning to electricity regulation in Ohio would be hard road

COLUMBUS — “For people who have never thought about “re-regulation” of electricity companies, imagine dental surgery without an anesthetic. This gives an idea of what some of the reaction was like when Nick Akins, the top executive at American Electric Power, said last week that Ohio needs to consider restoring […]

Unfreeze, don’t re-freeze, Ohio’s alternative-energy standards: editorial
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Unfreeze, don’t re-freeze, Ohio’s alternative-energy standards: editorial

CLEVELAND — “Terrible ideas periodically surface in the Ohio General Assembly. Another did Monday— which might as well be called the Utility Fossil Fuel Protection Act. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. William J Seitz, a suburban Cincinnati Republican, would extend, through 2019, Ohio’s freeze on renewable-energy and efficiency standards that […]

Photo by Friscocali / Creative Commons
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy / Freeze on Clean Energy

With ‘bailouts’ under federal scrutiny, Ohio utilities look to legislature

COLUMBUS — “It’s unclear what form AEP’s suggested re-regulation mechanism would take. However, it’s likely such a move would garner significant criticism from industry competitors, as well as consumer advocates and others. There have already been some attempts at political intervention. For example, FERC dockets for both the AEP and […]

FirstEnergy's downtown Akron headquarters.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy ‘disappointed’ as federal agency blocks income guarantees for power plants

CLEVELAND — “FERC has not yet ruled against FirstEnergy. What it has done is rescinded its previous waiver of restrictions of intra-company transactions, which it had to do in order to review the current PUCO-approved plan. But the language of its ruling could indicate that FERC is more concerned with […]