Ohio utility accord cuts AEP rate increase request

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Posted: Dec 15, 2011 11:04 AM
Ohio utility accord cuts AEP rate increase request

Ohio regulators on Wednesday approved a $300 million base-rate increase for American Electric Power Co. to generate electricity, about half of what the Columbus-based company had asked for.

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio spokesman Matt Butler says it's unclear what effect that will have on customers' monthly bills until AEP comes out with a new rate schedule.

In a separate Wednesday agreement, PUCO approved AEP price increases for power delivery. Columbus Southern Power customers would see a $2 per month increase while Ohio Power customers would see that up $1.

The pair of agreements are part of a lead up to a more competitive market. Starting June 2015, power companies will bid on who gets to generate electricity. Butler says similar auctions in Ohio have saved customers money.