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.
The company disclosed the error in a Dec. 28 filing. It’s unlikely to sink the rate case, but it adds an element of uncertainty just as it nears the finish line.
Ohio energy companies, state agencies and other groups are forming some unexpected alliances in their positions for and against a federal proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear power over other forms of electricity.
Ohio utilities are likely to urge an end to the state’s current competitive market for generation and take other actions in the wake of federal regulators’ decision this week to halt wholesale electric deals for affiliates’ less competitive plants.
Despite unanimous approval by Ohio regulators last week, opponents of income guarantees for two utilities’ power plants still have multiple avenues to challenge the plans.
FirstEnergy’s plan to guarantee profits for certain nuclear and coal power plants isn’t just bad for competition in the energy sector, but for Ohio overall, say challengers.
Environmental groups have mixed reactions to American Electric Power’s proposed settlement to guarantee sales for six coal-fired power plants for eight years.
Ohio regulators are considering limitations to the state’s net metering rules that could, if adopted, resolve a challenge filed with the Ohio Supreme Court last summer.
As FirstEnergy awaits a decision on its proposed electric security plan after a similar proposal was rejected by regulators last month, broader themes about Ohio’s energy future are emerging in the debate.
An Ohio utility wants state regulators to let it disconnect some delinquent customers from electric utility service without any in-person visit to their home.