After objections from Ohio’s consumer advocate agency about a failure to provide required public notice, regulators have scheduled a fifth public hearing in American Electric Power’s pending rate case for February 12.
Proposed rate changes for American Electric Power’s Ohio utility customers could unduly burden the grid by discouraging energy efficiency and distributed generation, according to critics.
Efforts by Ohio utilities to guarantee income for affiliated coal and nuclear operations are part of a broader trend, according to a new report by legal analysts.
In response to an increasing number of customers installing solar power or opting for energy efficiency measures, American Electric Power has asked Ohio regulators to increase the share of distribution charges that all its utility customers must pay.
Environmental and consumer advocates joined with energy companies last week in asking federal regulators to reject FirstEnergy’s revised plan to impose a mandatory surcharge on all of its utility distribution customers in Ohio.
New court cases and filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could derail FirstEnergy and American Electric Power’s plans to guarantee sales to affiliated power plants, even if Ohio regulators approve the deals.
As Ohio regulators prepare to resume testimony on FirstEnergy’s bid to have all utility customers guarantee sales for certain power plants, another competitor says it can offer a better deal.
Environmental groups have mixed reactions to American Electric Power’s proposed settlement to guarantee sales for six coal-fired power plants for eight years.
While Ohioans will soon see separate line items for renewable energy and efficiency, other fees will remain lumped into overall distribution charges.
A case going before the Ohio Supreme Court could have a major impact on distributed generation in the state.