Blog post by Daniel Hribar
On Wednesday, December 17th, Columbus-based American Electric Power (AEP) will be having a requested public hearing in front of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to present additional oral arguments in support of its plan to effectively bailout two of its dirty, aging coal plants. Since August, the dirty energy giant has been awaiting a ruling from PUCO for its plan to be approved. AEP will need an estimated $117 million, which it would acquire at the expense of its customers by increasing monthly utility bills. If approved, PUCO would be going against the recommendations of its own staff, whose job it is to ensure that the competition between utility companies is fair and that consumers are not being ripped off.
Since early August, Sierra Club has been posting ads both online and around the city of Columbus in an attempt to oppose the coal bailout and save consumers money. Now, with public opinion swayed strongly in opposition of AEP’s plan, the company is trying one last ditch effort to argue in favor of its case and to sweet talk PUCO into giving it the green-light. The hearing on the 17th will be open to the public, and with strong support from grassroots environmental groups and ordinary citizens alike, AEP’s dirty energy bailout can be crushed for good. Please join Sierra Club in opposing AEP at this hearing, and show the company that the people of Ohio will not stand for higher taxes to pay for more pollution.