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  • #503495
    Caleb
    Caleb
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    Time for AEP to step up to the plate an increase the percentage we get from renewables?

    #503496

    Lu
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    News said:
    America’s 20 Worst Corporate Air Polluters
    ENERGY | 6/10/2013 @ 4:18PM

    It’s no surprise that the biggest emitters of carbon dioxide in the United States are coal-burning power generators. The Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst has released a new list, based on 2011 data, of the top 100 emitters of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

    The top three polluters are American Electric Power, Duke Energy and Southern Company. AEP emits the equivalent of 130 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, accounting for about 2% of the annual total, with Duke at 127 million tons and Southern Co. at 118 million.

    READ MORE: http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2013/06/10/americas-20-worst-corporate-air-polluters/

    And for this we’re charged some of the highest electric rates in the nation. US average is 11.6 cents per kwh. AEP is currently 15.6 cents. Not sure how PUCO justifies those rates for dirty power.

    #503497

    bob.os
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    Lu said:
    And for this we’re charged some of the highest electric rates in the nation. US average is 11.6 cents per kwh. AEP is currently 15.6 cents. Not sure how PUCO justifies those rates for dirty power.

    Dirty, unreliable power. AEP does it wrong on all fronts.

    #503498

    Twixlen
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    Lu said:
    And for this we’re charged some of the highest electric rates in the nation. US average is 11.6 cents per kwh. AEP is currently 15.6 cents. Not sure how PUCO justifies those rates for dirty power.

    I have no deep love for AEP, but it happens that I had just checked my bill, and I’m currently rated out at 8.7cents/kwh… are you sure you’re with AEP, the utility, and haven’t changed to their retail arm?

    #503499

    NerosNeptune
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    when looking up rate info I found this page which mentions AEP Energy (a different company technically? They use the same AEP logo so I’m not sure what the difference is) has an option for 100% wind generated power at pretty much the same cost as everyone else.

    http://www.puco.ohio.gov/puco/index.cfm/apples-to-apples/aep-electric-apples-to-apples-chart/

    #503500

    Lu
    Participant

    Twixlen said:
    I have no deep love for AEP, but it happens that I had just checked my bill, and I’m currently rated out at 8.7cents/kwh… are you sure you’re with AEP, the utility, and haven’t changed to their retail arm?

    The 8.7 cents/kwh rate you cite is only for generation and transmission. It doesn’t include distribution, the “customer charge,” or the “retailer stability rider.” When you add in those, AEP’s total rate is 15.6 cents. The national average of 11.6 cents includes distribution and other fees.

    #503501

    Twixlen
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    NerosNeptune said:
    when looking up rate info I found this page which mentions AEP Energy (a different company technically? They use the same AEP logo so I’m not sure what the difference is) has an option for 100% wind generated power at pretty much the same cost as everyone else.

    http://www.puco.ohio.gov/puco/index.cfm/apples-to-apples/aep-electric-apples-to-apples-chart/

    You know you don’t actually get wind power, right? You basically pay for the right to say you have wind power that AEP Retail is required to have a certain percentage of due to law.

    #503502

    Rockmastermike
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    Lu said:
    The 8.7 cents/kwh rate you cite is only for generation and transmission. It doesn’t include distribution, the “customer charge,” or the “retailer stability rider.” When you add in those, AEP’s total rate is 15.6 cents. The national average of 11.6 cents includes distribution and other fees.

    Adding up it all up:
    – Including AEP’s bullshit “retail stability rider” (i.e. the “we’re losing customers but we are still a monopoly and can lobby the PUCO for anything we want so screw you even if you “switch” fee).

    – the “customer charge” which is apparently a charge for being forced to be a customer of their sub-par distribution service ( http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2013/04/03/aep-system-passes-and-fails-in-state-reliability-test.html )

    – and the “phase-in recovery rider” which is the fee to fix the damage to their poorly maintained infrastructure from storms so it doesn’t cut into their excessive profits ( http://www.cantonrep.com/newsnow/x1233656032/Court-rules-against-AEP-upholds-excess-profits-law ), which on my bill is admittedly only 6 cents….

    The total comes out to 12.8 cents/kwh and I’m only paying 6.5cents for generation. I would be perfectly willing to pay above the national average if we were receiving above the national average of reliability. But we’re not.

    I’m not even going to go into the horror story that happened across the street here during AEP’s pole replacement activity. I dont feel at liberty to give much information but they screwed up royally and badly damaged a local small business.

    The PUCO needs to reign these guys in and actually do something about the reliability issues instead of just ignoring the situation (example: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2012/07/19/columbus-10-investigates-review-of-fallen-power-lines-that-trapped-drivers-slow-to-start.html )

    geez. sorry for the rant, but the situation is appalling.

    #503503

    Rockmastermike
    Participant

    To add to what I posted yesterday, The PUCO has also allowed a perverse disincentive for homeowners to not save electricity.

    With the the way the rate structure is set up, because the ‘customer charge’ is flat and is a significant percentage of the total bill, if a homeowner saves a few killowatt-hours the price per kilowatt-hour increases regardless of who the ‘generation’ supplier is.

    For a real world example, using a second party generation service billing at the rate of 6.5c/kwh a monthly bill for 832 kwh comes to a total of 12.9 cents/kwh after all fees are added. A bill for 547 kwh comes to a total of 13.2 cents/kwh.

    The PUCO is truly the best utility regulator lobbyist money can buy.

    #503504

    Twixlen
    Participant

    Rockmastermike said:

    The PUCO is truly the best utility regulator lobbyist money can buy.

    Factual statement.

    Also, deregulation is as good an idea as feeding cows hamburger.

    #503505

    Rockmastermike
    Participant

    Twixlen said:

    Also, deregulation is as good an idea as feeding cows hamburger.

    factual statement.

    #503506
    Caleb
    Caleb
    Participant

    I remember when I did this project in 6th grade we had to present like a green presentation and I choose AEP and renamed it AGP (American Green Power)… haha, boy I was way off :D

    #503507

    News
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    AEP TO CLOSE COAL-FIRED POWER PLANT NEAR BEVERLY, OHIO
    By Dan Gearino
    Courtesy of the Associated Press

    American Electric Power is planning to close a coal-fired power plant near Beverly, Ohio, that had been slated for conversion to run on natural gas. The Columbus-based utility said this morning that Muskingum River unit 5, with capacity of 585 megawatts, will stop operating in 2015

    READ MORE: http://www.columbusceo.com/content/stories/apexchange/2013/07/11/aep-to-close-coal-fired-power-plant-near-beverly-ohio.html

    #503508
    Caleb
    Caleb
    Participant

    New AEP building planned for Goodale Boulvard in Grandview Heights
    By: Brent Warren
    ColumbusUnderground.com

    American Electric Power plans to demolish a 75-year-old building on its Goodale Boulevard property in Grandview and replace it with a 33,000 square foot building that will include office space for 58 employees. The original building, which is 21,000 square feet and sits at 1333 Goodale, is currently home to five employees who oversee a fleet of trucks and equipment, which are all stored in the six acre parking lot that surrounds the building.

    READ MORE HERE.

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