Power use in homes dropping, AEP says | The Columbus Dispatch

American Electric Power's residential customers are apparently responding to higher gasoline prices by adjusting the thermostat. Full Story
First Prev
of 2
Next Last
Ben Dover

Roselle, IL

#2 Apr 27, 2011
"Power use in homes dropping, AEP says"...

...so we need to charge more because we are losing money.
Spooey

Westlake, OH

#3 Apr 27, 2011
Power use is dropping and so are AEP income dollars. The solution, raise rates. It matters not what we are asked to conserve, gas, water, electric, etc the need for the almighty dollar will always dictate higher rates. Why conserve? For some tree hugger?
Ohio Patriot

Columbus, OH

#4 Apr 27, 2011
I too have reduced my use of electricity as much as possible with more insulation, etc. My main motivation is not economic but to reduce environmental destruction through the coal AEP uses and the greenhouse gasses they release in abundance. AEP remains a terribly destructive force on our environment & minimizing that destruction is a mission of great importance to me. I wish I had a real option to use a more responsible company.
mckeestown

Lancaster, OH

#5 Apr 27, 2011
Another idiot who speaks without knowing what he is talking about. On one hand usage is down because gas prices are high and then he says usage is down because of the pressure on househod budgets. Gas prices are only a part of budget problems. Prices are rising everywhere on must have staples that we can't reduce usage of.
Do Tell

Columbus, OH

#6 Apr 27, 2011
Ohio Patriot wrote:
I too have reduced my use of electricity as much as possible with more insulation, etc. My main motivation is not economic but to reduce environmental destruction through the coal AEP uses and the greenhouse gasses they release in abundance. AEP remains a terribly destructive force on our environment & minimizing that destruction is a mission of great importance to me. I wish I had a real option to use a more responsible company.
Well move to West virginia and live off the land, because it isnt going to stop....it will only get worse.AEP will continue to stick it to its customers
R U Kidding

Columbus, OH

#7 Apr 27, 2011
Maybe electric use is down because neither the furnance nor the air conditioning is constantly running during the milder weather? I find it hard to believe people are sitting in their homes with all their electronic devices powered off and reading books by candlelight.
Jeremy

Grove City, OH

#8 Apr 27, 2011
Ohio Patriot wrote:
I too have reduced my use of electricity as much as possible with more insulation, etc. My main motivation is not economic but to reduce environmental destruction through the coal AEP uses and the greenhouse gasses they release in abundance. AEP remains a terribly destructive force on our environment & minimizing that destruction is a mission of great importance to me. I wish I had a real option to use a more responsible company.
I understand the desire to get your electric from a "more responsible" company - but answer this...would you be willing to double or possibly triple your monthly electic bill to do so? Check out the electric rates in some of the New England states (they use a lot of natural gas to generate their electric)as compared to AEP's rates. The average residential customer in Connecticut pays over 18 cents per Kilowatt hour. The average, residential AEP customer in Ohio pays closer to 7cents or so. I'm on a co-op utility (which we all know is higher than anybody) and my last bill was about 9cents per KWh. This info is all available via a simple google search.
Sammy

Grove City, OH

#9 Apr 27, 2011
Wow, you can tell that the libs are out in full force today...big business = bad (even though they employ thousands whose dollars keep the small businesses open) and big government = good.
Businesses are in business to make money. They do not survive by giving their products away.
As long as the EPA keeps passing regulations that force the utilities to comply with their clean air standards - the rates will continue to go up.
Companies don't operate the way you do - they don't survive month to month - paycheck to paycheck - they have to put money aside and invest in the future and be prepared to shell out hundreds of millions when the EPA/Government passes a new law.
Derp

Dublin, OH

#10 Apr 27, 2011
Correlation does not imply causation.

The Indians are in the best start in years. Maybe this is the cause?
not suprised

Columbus, OH

#11 Apr 27, 2011
Hmmm...could it be that people just want to save money? Also, didn't AEP get in trouble a few months back because they were charging outrageous rates? Whatever happened with that?
Just Saying

Dublin, OH

#12 Apr 27, 2011
Ohio Patriot wrote:
I too have reduced my use of electricity as much as possible with more insulation, etc. My main motivation is not economic but to reduce environmental destruction through the coal AEP uses and the greenhouse gasses they release in abundance. AEP remains a terribly destructive force on our environment & minimizing that destruction is a mission of great importance to me. I wish I had a real option to use a more responsible company.
Soooo, does that mean you're not in the market for an electric car?
Just Saying

Dublin, OH

#13 Apr 27, 2011
mckeestown wrote:
Another idiot who speaks without knowing what he is talking about. On one hand usage is down because gas prices are high and then he says usage is down because of the pressure on househod budgets. Gas prices are only a part of budget problems. Prices are rising everywhere on must have staples that we can't reduce usage of.
I was at a chain grocery store yesterday -$9 and some change for a large box of Reynolds Wrap. I drove the 1 mile to the Dollar Tree and got a smaller one for a buck.
Educated One

Columbus, OH

#14 Apr 27, 2011
AEP cannot simply raise rates - they have to present a case to PUCO who will decide if rates should increase or not. Plus, rates increase when they submit costs for rate recovery (like environmental regulation costs, etc. So every time the EPA tells them to catch this and do that, those costs are submitted to PUCO (and other states they do business in) for recovery through rate increases. It is a cost of doing business. If you don't like it - tell PUCO to reject rate recovery or tell the EPA to stop with this phantom greenhouse phenomenon. AEP has spent over $10 billion cleaning up the air - and the Ohio EPA says our cental OH air is still bad. You all realize that power plants are only 1 contributor (albeit a large one) to these greenhouse gases. We should all go back to no electricity, no cars or public transportation - then our air will be great and we can stop complaining about AEP. Who's with me? I thought so. So keep using your iPhone, while you sit in traffic in your tank SUV and throw your cigarette butts out the window.
think big picture

Columbus, OH

#15 Apr 27, 2011
Another reason to keep the Ohio Consumers Counsel budget intact: to keep an eye on AEP and other utilities who want us to pay them more because we use less electricity. it is crazy. But the public utility commission will rubber stamp any AEP rate increase request if left unchecked
joyousonex

AOL

#16 Apr 27, 2011
Well I can see it now, we conserve electricity and AEP will demand a rate increase.
Uh Oh

Columbus, OH

#17 Apr 27, 2011
Get ready for another rate increase due to the falling usage.
Yum Yum Sauce

Columbus, OH

#18 Apr 27, 2011
In related news, AEP will now surely seek across the board increases in the cost of electricity since they'll only make 7 billion in profits, instead of 8. This news was followed by a "booya" and "you all are suckers" in an AEP press release.
REALLY

Johnstown, OH

#19 Apr 27, 2011
not suprised wrote:
Hmmm...could it be that people just want to save money? Also, didn't AEP get in trouble a few months back because they were charging outrageous rates? Whatever happened with that?
To answer your question briefly, no, they weren't.

The long version, AEP has the lowest rates in the state of OH. Please do your research. Feel free to check it. Any of the other major electric companies, Dayton Power & Light, Toledo Edison, First Energy, Duke, all charge significantly more than AEP. Also, there are several rural co-operatives through-out the state that are even higher.
Just Saying

Dublin, OH

#20 Apr 27, 2011
Educated One wrote:
AEP cannot simply raise rates - they have to present a case to PUCO who will decide if rates should increase or not. Plus, rates increase when they submit costs for rate recovery (like environmental regulation costs, etc. So every time the EPA tells them to catch this and do that, those costs are submitted to PUCO (and other states they do business in) for recovery through rate increases. It is a cost of doing business. If you don't like it - tell PUCO to reject rate recovery or tell the EPA to stop with this phantom greenhouse phenomenon. AEP has spent over $10 billion cleaning up the air - and the Ohio EPA says our cental OH air is still bad. You all realize that power plants are only 1 contributor (albeit a large one) to these greenhouse gases. We should all go back to no electricity, no cars or public transportation - then our air will be great and we can stop complaining about AEP. Who's with me? I thought so. So keep using your iPhone, while you sit in traffic in your tank SUV and throw your cigarette butts out the window.
I dunno about all of that, but I am a little ticked that they got away with backdating cost increases.
Justice

Columbus, OH

#21 Apr 27, 2011
Spooey wrote:
Power use is dropping and so are AEP income dollars. The solution, raise rates. It matters not what we are asked to conserve, gas, water, electric, etc the need for the almighty dollar will always dictate higher rates. Why conserve? For some tree hugger?
You deserve every rate hike you get. Your short-sighted ways are responsible for our nation's decline in innovation and contribute to the price we all pay in repairing crumbling, out-of-date infrastructure with more of the same.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 2
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

American Electric Power Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Utility bills more costly in wake of polar vortex (Feb '14) Feb '14 Jerry K 27
Logan teen charged in AEP transformer vandalism (Nov '09) Feb '14 Love AEP 41
AEP outage information now available online (Dec '13) Dec '13 RUTH LOWE 1
Petrochemical challenges lead to opportunities ... (Aug '13) Aug '13 Dan Toms 1
Europe, Africa and America are key to oil and g... (Aug '13) Aug '13 Dan Toms 1
AEP Top-up card info. (Aug '13) Aug '13 amy ai 1
How can refineries ensure survival? (Jul '13) Jul '13 Dan Toms 1

American Electric Power People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE