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Thomas Suddes commentary: Ohioans brace for ‘post-election’ season

COLUMBUS — “While everyone’s watching Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton (or, most likely, football), some state issues are being quietly shaped in Columbus, waiting for the traditional, and traditionally frenzied, post-election (‘lame-duck’) session of the General Assembly. One issue that might (or might not) be addressed is Ohio’s two-year freeze […]

FirstEnergy had a rough first three quarters in 2015, but finished the year, overall strong. (Courtesy of FirstEnergy)
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Consumers’ Counsel says FE rates illegal, asks Supreme Court to toss them out

COLUMBUS — “Consumers who thought federal authorities had saved them from a FirstEnergy surcharge to subsidize two of the company’s old power plants should think again, says the state’s consumer watchdog. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel points out in an appeal it filed with the Ohio Supreme Court this week that […]

Energy

Consumers could pay to clean up old natural-gas plants

COLUMBUS — “Natural-gas utilities want to change the law to make clear that consumers rather than shareholders can be charged cleanup costs for about 90 abandoned natural-gas plants in the state, according to an amendment that might get tucked into the state budget. Some of the gas plants date to […]

AEP / Energy

Electricity marketers pitch alternatives to AEP’s rates

AEP customers have alternative rate offers, but marketers’ pitches require study COLUMBUS — “Solicitors want to take customers away from the rate-regulated utility, American Electric Power. They are making pitches in person, on the phone and through the mail. Each of the offers claims to provide savings, but the reality […]

A diminished Ohio Office of Consumers’ Counsel has a new leader
Energy

A diminished Ohio Office of Consumers’ Counsel has a new leader

CLEVELAND — “The bad idea of gutting the consumer advocacy agency originated with Gov. John Kasich, who argued that some of its functions duplicated those of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Kasich’s misjudgment, and his slash-and-burn tactics, should be reversed forthwith. Money for the OCC came from fees paid […]

Bruce J. Weston named Consumers’ Counsel
Energy

Bruce J. Weston named Consumers’ Counsel

COLUMBUS — “Bruce J. Weston has been selected to serve as the next Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC), only the fourth in the agency’s 35-year history, the OCC Governing Board announced today. He has been serving as the Interim Consumers’ Counsel at OCC since October 2011. …Weston began his legal career […]

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel: PUCO should deny AEP request to increase capacity charges, collect deferred costs
AEP / Energy

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel: PUCO should deny AEP request to increase capacity charges, collect deferred costs

COLUMBUS — “AEP’s new proposal for higher capacity charges is based on its claims that the Company will be financially harmed by the PUCO’s decision to reject the settlement. But AEP’s recent financial results in Ohio reveal a different story. In February 2011, the Supreme Court of Ohio held in […]

AEP

Increase in fee is sought by AEP

Without higher charge, company fears fiscal crisis COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power is asking state regulators to allow the company to increase a fee it charges customers who switch from the utility’s service to an alternative electricity provider. Without this charge, which would apply to both residential and business customers, […]

PUCO chief wants AEP rate change this month
AEP / Energy

PUCO chief wants AEP rate change this month

COLUMBUS — “The timetable will be short and the deliberations private as Ohio utility regulators race to address complaints about American Electric Power rates. This follows an uncustomary statement from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on Friday in which its chairman said he will take action to reduce rate […]

AEP / Energy

PUCO ‘addressing’ AEP rate hike

COLUMBUS — “While the agency pledges to help small businesses, those in all-electric households are raising concerns about their costs. The new AEP rates do not include a discount to residents who heat with electricity. Previously, AEP charged its base-generation rate for only the first 800 kilowatt-hours of usage in […]