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Columbus might sell electricity unit to AEP | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 16 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Mar 26, 2011, titled Columbus might sell electricity unit to AEP | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Burdened by rising power costs, Columbus is considering selling its electricity operation and has talked to American Electric Power about a deal.

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Making Deals

Lansing, MI

#1 Mar 26, 2011
Another Mike Coleman deal. What is really behind this?????
taxpayer

Nashport, OH

#2 Mar 26, 2011
This doesn't look too well thought through. I hope the City slows down and considers all the costs. I would think having street lights (and power to them) is important.
mlw

Pickerington, OH

#3 Mar 26, 2011
Not a Mike Coleman deal. Just AEP cutting competition. If they buy City electric, they can charge the cities customers the going rate plus the city will have to pay the going rate for street lights. This is not a win win for the city.
Just corporate greed.
Hillary Carpetcleaner

Westerville, OH

#4 Mar 26, 2011
It would seem that the Cowlumbus city electric division is not self sufficient. If it was then it could pay all its projects??? Westerville Electric pays all its bills and is able to make capitol improvements as projected within its own budget and we (the residential customers) pay the going rate. Our rates are lower than AEP (substantially). Sounds like AEP wants to cash in and Mayor Clownman isn't interested in standing up to them at all. Maybe its because AEP pays Clownman big money in the form of Cowlumbus city taxes or a backroom re-election fee?
Black Lion

Columbus, OH

#5 Mar 26, 2011
The city should not be getting any money from the state. They need to be self sufficient and live within their own budget.
Westerville lady

Columbus, OH

#6 Mar 26, 2011
Westerville may have a lower kilowatt charge, but if one adds the entire bill and compares it to a total AEP bill, the substantial difference you speak of vansishes away.

The Columbus city grid and customer base is worth millions of dollars to any utility.
Hillary Carpetcleaner wrote:
It would seem that the Cowlumbus city electric division is not self sufficient. If it was then it could pay all its projects??? Westerville Electric pays all its bills and is able to make capitol improvements as projected within its own budget and we (the residential customers) pay the going rate. Our rates are lower than AEP (substantially). Sounds like AEP wants to cash in and Mayor Clownman isn't interested in standing up to them at all. Maybe its because AEP pays Clownman big money in the form of Cowlumbus city taxes or a backroom re-election fee?
flailing in the dark

Reynoldsburg, OH

#7 Mar 26, 2011
More of that savvy planning that didn't happen over recent decades. Coulda-Shoulda-Woulda becomes "Please buy my children mister..."
EVERYTHING MUST SELL!
John George

Zanesville, OH

#8 Mar 26, 2011
the city doesn't have the right to sell anything without voter approval. aep rips off the public on a daily basis and if it was sold, pending voter approval, then it should be sold to anyone that can afford to buy it except aep. this city is absurd to think they can screw up the casino because of greed, build a new court house they can't use, raise personal property taxes without voter approval from the dam street, raise taxes on smokers, not drinkers, without voter approval, and without taxpayer representation, cut union rights without voter approval, their just plain greedy and out of control. i say impeach all the city major players and vote in working class people that won't rip us off. i say recall all of them asap! john george columbus ohio
Thomas Jefferson

Columbus, OH

#9 Mar 27, 2011
There is no balance of power in Columbus government. No one is safeguarding what's in the best interest of Columbus' taxpayers.

Mayor - Dem
7 City Council Seats - All Dems
Auditor - Dem (deserving)
City Attorney - Dem (deserving)

Wake up and smell the coffee voters. Maybe it's time to bring checks and balances back to City government. It is an election year, seize the opportunity!!!
REAL WOW

Columbus, OH

#10 Mar 28, 2011
It shouldn't be done. No!
Read the Facts

Dublin, OH

#11 Mar 28, 2011
Hillary Carpetcleaner wrote:
It would seem that the Cowlumbus city electric division is not self sufficient. If it was then it could pay all its projects??? Westerville Electric pays all its bills and is able to make capitol improvements as projected within its own budget and we (the residential customers) pay the going rate. Our rates are lower than AEP (substantially). Sounds like AEP wants to cash in and Mayor Clownman isn't interested in standing up to them at all. Maybe its because AEP pays Clownman big money in the form of Cowlumbus city taxes or a backroom re-election fee?
Westerville is an AMP community. They collectively purchase electricity from the grid and are able to buy it at a cheaper rate.
I totally agree with you that this is a HORRIBLE idea!
Read the Facts

Dublin, OH

#12 Mar 28, 2011
This is a horrible idea. Eliminating options just create a monopoly, which is all AEP cares about. When we don't have options, that's when the costs rise and we all get screwed, especially now since the Governor wants to cut funding for the Consumer's Council, which is the only source of recourse a lot of people have. (And funny enough, the Consumer's Council is funded through fees to the utilities, NOT tax dollars.)
Westerville lady

Columbus, OH

#13 Mar 28, 2011
You don't have an option of electric providers you idiot.

You either have AEP or the city of Columbus. Who ever owns the grid is who you get.
Read the Facts wrote:
This is a horrible idea. Eliminating options just create a monopoly, which is all AEP cares about. When we don't have options, that's when the costs rise and we all get screwed, especially now since the Governor wants to cut funding for the Consumer's Council, which is the only source of recourse a lot of people have.(And funny enough, the Consumer's Council is funded through fees to the utilities, NOT tax dollars.)
Read the Facts

Dublin, OH

#14 Mar 28, 2011
Westerville lady wrote:
You don't have an option of electric providers you idiot.
You either have AEP or the city of Columbus. Who ever owns the grid is who you get.
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Instead of getting rid of the city utilities, consumers should be allowed to chose, like in portions of Cleveland.

Got sand in your lady parts or something? Grow up. Until then, keep your bad attitude to yourself and off of public forums.
Westerville lady

Columbus, OH

#15 Mar 28, 2011
Then you have to change the state law, it doesn't work that way.

Children should not be playing on chatboards, get off before your mommy catches you.
Read the Facts wrote:
<quoted text>
Instead of getting rid of the city utilities, consumers should be allowed to chose, like in portions of Cleveland.
Got sand in your lady parts or something? Grow up. Until then, keep your bad attitude to yourself and off of public forums.
Duff

Columbus, OH

#16 Mar 28, 2011
YOU CAN CHOOSE Westerville lady. Both grids exist in the same areas of Columbus, so consumers have the option.

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