Columbus may sell electric utility, add streetlight fee

When Columbus taxpayers were spending millions to bail out the city-owned electric utility in the late 1990s, city leaders said keeping the power grid remained a good deal. Full Story
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DrC Ohio

Columbus, OH

#1 Apr 4, 2011
If sold I'd imagine AEP would jack up the rates anyway-like they did with the residential customers a few years back. Has the city already switched over to energy efficient street lights? If not, they should make that investment. It would save some money for the city. Given the city just passed the tax increase, any additional fee in the next year (or two) would be political suicide.
Publius

Columbus, OH

#2 Apr 4, 2011
Is this a "sweetheart" deal arranged to pay back AEP for its support of the recent Columbus City Income Tax increase ?????
HowRad

Dry Ridge, KY

#3 Apr 4, 2011
"Depending on what that fee turns out to be, I might not recommend it," she said. "It's difficult to recommend a fee for services people are getting for free right now."
The free ride mentality has got to stop
Mina

Columbus, OH

#4 Apr 4, 2011
If I have to pay to power the "City's Streetlight" on my street, then the darn thing can go dark as far as I'm concerned. They'll get no money from me.
Nana

Columbus, OH

#5 Apr 4, 2011
Is there any more that the state, city and county would like me to pay while I am not getting any rasises for the past two years and possible not for another two years???
Nana

Columbus, OH

#6 Apr 4, 2011
Also, do I have to pay for other peoples street lights when we have none in our neighborhood???
VooVoo2

Washington Court House, OH

#7 Apr 4, 2011
I live in the downtown area and my electric bill has increased tremendousy. I do not get as much help from HEAP as I use to. I can not afford to pay Colubus City or AEP anymore. I am a senior citizen. Columbus City is my utility agent. I was offered a 10% decrease on my electric bill but I don't see it. If AEP took over will it help my electric bill to go down? Why doesn't the COC have a plan like AEP were Senior's only have to pay $8.00.
topper

Marysville, OH

#8 Apr 4, 2011
how about all the neighborhoods with NO street lights??
Why do some neighborhoods get fancy, bright lights, and others get old style dim lights..
In addition to your income taxes[which were just raised] You pay extra for:
Squad Runs
The Zoo
Metro Parks [some of which are actually in Columbus/Franklin County]
COTA
And soon to come.....Trash???...Streetligh ts????
beanie

Columbus, OH

#9 Apr 4, 2011
Mina wrote:
If I have to pay to power the "City's Streetlight" on my street, then the darn thing can go dark as far as I'm concerned. They'll get no money from me.
Wanna bet ??
herman

Columbus, OH

#10 Apr 4, 2011
This is a no brainer - if the division is losing money - then raise the rates, or sell the division.

I remember from the 90's and city residents getting electricity from AEP, had to subsidize the residental AND business electric customers of the City of Columbus. That is right - people who lived way out of the City of Columbus Division of Electricity service area helped to pay for the electricity of profit earning businesses.

THAT IS SO WRONG !!! Why should I pay for someone's elses electricity ??
watcher

Columbus, OH

#11 Apr 4, 2011
Another city of Columbus fiasco. The city should not be involved in utilities, housing etc for its residents. That is not the role of city govt. What a mess as usual. Who is gonna pay? You know who is gonna pay. Coleman has to go!
Money Hogs

Columbus, OH

#12 Apr 4, 2011
My AEP monthly bill is outrageous. I'd love to get off of the power grid entirely. Someday, I hope to have a natural gas powered fuel cell in my home.
Night Train

Columbus, OH

#13 Apr 4, 2011
Just a thought, but why aren't city streetlights solar powered?
Homer

Newark, OH

#14 Apr 4, 2011
You should look at AEP's rates before you open you pie hole. AEP has some of the lowest rates in the country, even after the increase in rates. It would be great for AEP to take over this infrastructure. The only increase you would see would be depended on what the city tries to tax you with, which I am sure would be an increase but it would not be coming from AEP.
DrC Ohio wrote:
If sold I'd imagine AEP would jack up the rates anyway-like they did with the residential customers a few years back. Has the city already switched over to energy efficient street lights? If not, they should make that investment. It would save some money for the city. Given the city just passed the tax increase, any additional fee in the next year (or two) would be political suicide.
rls

Columbus, OH

#15 Apr 4, 2011
Some times I think that these people have lost their minds. Yes it would be another tax increase. To sell off the electric div. and charge a fee. How else would a person take the idea of adding more to our water rates not be an increase. These people need to get reeducated in the same schools that we got our education at.
rls

Columbus, OH

#16 Apr 4, 2011
Money Hogs wrote:
My AEP monthly bill is outrageous. I'd love to get off of the power grid entirely. Someday, I hope to have a natural gas powered fuel cell in my home.
This is the smartest thing I have heard of in a long time. If you look at the unit that is made by Honda they are on the 3rd. or 4th generation, and we still can't buy one. Its the rich trying to control everything and sucking all the blood out of us.
REALLY

Columbus, OH

#17 Apr 4, 2011
Seems to me that Ms. Arsh (an engineer) has no business in this position. How in the world are her recommends good for the city of Columbus and it's residents. Sewer and water rates, including trash removal are already inching higher and now to consider an additional $46 is unreasonable. Fire her, and get this division to do the job it is suppose to do. Leaving city streets without lights is an invitation to more crime.
BytheNumbers

Columbus, OH

#18 Apr 4, 2011
And what would be wrong with having the utilities customers' pay higher rates to make it profitable? Why does the Coleman administration consistently look for a way to spread costs and concentrate benefits? It makes no sense to even consider charging every household in Columbus a fee to pay for streetlights downtown. Good financial management requires costs should be aligned with benefits.
Name of the Week

Westerville, OH

#19 Apr 4, 2011
>>The fee is among several options that Arsh wants an engineering firm to study this year. It could be lower, she said, if the cost of lighting Downtown and major streets was spread across the region, possibly by tacking a fee onto utility bills in the suburbs that contract with Columbus for sewer and water.<<

So every time I take a d u m p in Westerville city limits I will be paying to light Livingston Avenue? One more tax increase on residents that don't live in Columbus AND cannot vote in the same.
Civics101

Columbus, OH

#20 Apr 4, 2011
HowRad wrote:
"Depending on what that fee turns out to be, I might not recommend it," she said. "It's difficult to recommend a fee for services people are getting for free right now."
The free ride mentality has got to stop
It is NOT a free ride, it is running an public enterprise like a business. Teabaggers and anti-tax zealots actually should love this setup. The City sells electricity it buys off grid as an enterprise, puts a smaller markup on it than AEP and sells it mostly to commercial businesses as well as to itself at a lower rate than AEP would charge it. The profit in turn pays for streetlights. If closes its electricity business, then it is shutting off a NON-TAX, revenue generating source of income which means to pay for operating and expanding streetlights it will impose a TAX! It also reduces the utility costs at its own power hungry centers - Water & Sewer plants as well as City buildings.

The question is will AEP pay enough to eliminate this small competitor & pickup this customer base to pay off debt and fund streetlights? Once AEP buys it from the City, won't it charge the City more for its operating power needs than when City was buying it wholesale? Is this just a political payback or is it a good business deal?

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