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PUCO report criticizes AEP communication, tree trimming after summer outages

BY: - January 4, 2023

The Public Utility Commission of Ohio has issued a report on a series of power outages last summer. Those outages stemmed from a massive windstorm known as a derecho followed by a heat wave with 90+ degree temperatures. Outages occurred throughout the state, but fell heaviest on communities in Columbus, many of them poor. The […]

As Ohio regulators sit on coal plant subsidy cases, costs could rack up for ratepayers

BY: - October 17, 2022

Although Ohio regulators have paused four FirstEnergy cases dealing with House Bill 6, they could still take action in cases dealing with the two 1950s-era coal plants that were subsidized by the law at the heart of Ohio’s ongoing corruption scandal. Yet the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has made no rulings in those cases […]

Ohio utilities ranked among the worst on fossil fuel use

BY: - October 6, 2022

Three Ohio electricity companies are among the worst in the United States when it comes to weaning themselves off of fossil fuels, according to a major Sierra Club report released this week. And it’s possible that a culprit is huge coal subsidies passed as part of one of the biggest bribery scandals in state history. […]

COMMENTARY

National security starts with keeping the lights on

BY: - July 18, 2022

Each time our nation suffers a blackout, it is another reminder that our national security is at risk. As temperatures soared and more than 230,000 folks in Columbus went without electricity last month, we were reminded yet again that we must act quickly to upgrade our antiquated energy and grid system. Climate-fueled disasters are now […]

State regulators to question AEP over Columbus blackouts today

BY: - July 13, 2022

State regulators will meet Wednesday to review American Electric Power’s decision to cut off electric service to 230,000 customers during a June heat wave to prevent a larger-scale blackout. A June 13 storm damaged three transmission lines — high voltage wires bringing energy from generating plants to transformers before it reaches customers — according to the […]

AEP cut 164,000 Ohioans’ power for nonpayment last year, more than any other utility

BY: - July 7, 2022

American Electric Power disconnected more of its customers for late bills than any other utility in the state last year, new regulatory filings show. Between June 2021 and May 2022, AEP Ohio disconnected nearly 164,000 customers from their electric service. That’s more than twice as many as its second place counterpart, FirstEnergy Corp., whose three […]

After forced outages AEP offers support, scant details on improvements

BY: - July 5, 2022

In Columbus Friday, Reps. Latyna Humphrey, D-Columbus and Dontavius Jarrells, D-Columbus, joined the COO of AEP and local service providers to talk about support available for residents impacted by recent power outages. But AEP President and COO Marc Reitter was vague about steps the company is taking to avoid similar outages in the future. (Correction: […]

Mysterious nonprofit with AEP ties has $3 million to unload, tax records show

BY: - March 17, 2022

Under shadow of a public corruption probe centered on the utility industry and its use of untraceable political spending, a nonprofit with close ties to American Electric Power disclosed harboring $3 million in the bank that it could unload as statewide elections loom. Open Road Path — a nonprofit run by a lawyer and lobbyist […]

DeWine reappoints utility commissioner who didn’t do much to protect FirstEnergy customers

BY: - March 7, 2022

Regulatory reform? DeWine reappoints utility commissioner who didn't do much to protect FirstEnergy customers.

DeWine re-appoints former utility lawyer as utility regulator

BY: - February 11, 2022

Gov. Mike DeWine named attorney and incumbent utility regulator Dan Conway to renew his five-year term on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. The selection of Conway from a shortlist curated by the PUCO’s nominating council undercuts DeWine’s pledge in January that he wouldn’t name appoint anyone to serve as regulator with ties to the […]

Ohioans spent $211 million subsidizing two coal plants over last two years

BY: - January 12, 2022

Electric customers across Ohio collectively spent an estimated $211 million via add-on bill charges over the last two years to cover for losses from two coal-fired power plants that continue to bleed millions annually, according to new data from state regulators. The money to the Ohio Valley Electric Corp. (OVEC) — an entity comprised of […]

House lawmakers review coal bailouts, energy efficiency proposal

BY: - November 1, 2021

Major pieces of scandal-tainted legislation remain on the books in Ohio, and House lawmakers indicate they plan to keep it that way. The Ohio House Public Utilities Committee on Wednesday reviewed two pieces of legislation aimed at different remnants of House Bill 6 from 2019. HB 6 is now mired in a bribery scandal that […]