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Make AEP pay now, PUCO told | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 25 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Apr 27, 2011, titled Make AEP pay now, PUCO told | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

If the choice is pay me now or pay me later, American Electric Power customers should get immediate rate relief, the Ohio Consumers' Counsel told state regulators today.

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#22 Apr 28, 2011
Retiredman wrote:
We have to tell PUCO/PUKE-O what to do?
I thought they were the watchdogs for these price gouging utilities.
Must be a banner year for bribes for PUKE-O executives.
It works like this..
The customer is screwed . First for profit companies notice hire lawyers to work the system of laws the big companies buy by bribing the union workers and the politicians(aka johns). And since for profit companies seem to be letting greed take over and run wild while not caring who they hurt, who goes with out power, or that teir CEO/top execs make such nice million dollars plus profits and company owners make billions never to have to worr y about electric prices food cost, medical cost, gas cost and nor do they really care since $.15 a gallon of gas to $4.35 gallon doesn't even scratch their pocket book/ big bank accounts.

Sure govrnment is supposed to help and unions are supposed to be on our side for the people, but unfortunately often enough or to often anyhow they take bribes and go with the money. Can this be proven? No seldom it is, only when they are caught with their hand in the "cookie jar" does a little some thing happen, and then the next person that gets in does about the same thing..

Is this fixable? Yees by having transparency and documents/paper work online easily accesed on votes, and have the union people/rep easily booted by a consumer vote/majority.

DOesn't fix company greed, not much can be done there greed is selfishness a lousy trait and when it takes over and lets a person not care who htey hurt who they lie to or who they disturb, then it's an issue that needs to be brought out into public humiliated, and found some way alternative around using thier product or service to put them out of buisness.

Chillicothe, OH

#23 Apr 28, 2011
they will always find a way to steal money from people

Fort Mill, SC

#24 Apr 28, 2011
Too bad PUCO doesn't look into the relationship between AEP, First Energy and The Boich Group. I'm sue Ohioans would love to know they are paying more for electricity so the Boich' can get a cut on every ton of coal that AEP and FE buy.

Grove City, OH

#25 Apr 28, 2011
Since everyone is in agreement that AEP and Columbia Gas are evil extortionists and would readily switch to a cheaper alternative (since what we're paying is in excess to cover corporate fraud) then you could make out like a bandit starting a new power or gas company, right?

If that's the case then why isn't anyone - anyone - doing it?

Right - it's not the case.

Columbus, OH

#26 Apr 28, 2011
Hilliard resident wrote:
So the Ohio law permits neither retroactive rate increases nor refunds for previous increases, and the $63 million cannot be recovered from AEP. The real issue is that the PUCO previously, and quite erroneously, permitted the implementation of a retroactive rate increase in the first place. At best, the PUCO was negligent in their conduct, and at worst, they may have knowingly allowed an inappropriate increase, which would be tantamount to perpetrating FRAUD on residents of the State of Ohio. In this case, I would ask "To what purpose"? The PUCO should be liable for refunding the $63M to the affected customers. In addition, there should be a thorough investigation by the Ohio Inspector General to determine just what form of conduct occurred. If it was negligence, there is quite clearly a competence issue within this agency and appropriate disciplinary action should be taken. If it extends beyond negligence, then appropriate charges should be brought against anyone involved, be they at the PUCO or at AEP!
If the PUCO erroneously permitted the implementation of a retroactive rate increase, what was the Ohio Consumers' Counsel doing at that point? Why did OCC not point it out to PUCO that the permission to implement retroactive rate increase was wrong. The point is that OCC always, always allows everything that PUCO allows. Now that their budget is slashed they are making a cast out of this just to stir people to make it look like they are on the side of the consumers. They are NOT. This is the same OCC that charged 988 million in excess of national average from from Ohioans (Columbus Dispatch - dated May 3rd, 2009) for natural gas and gave it to Columbia Gas, the big business. This is the same OCC (Ohio Consumers' Counsel) who has given enormous profits and dividends to AEP executives all these years. OCC is just playing a drama now making it look like they are on the side of the consumers. They are definitely not on our side. Once they get their full budget, they will go back to being themselves - which is fleecing Ohio Consumers by accepting everything that PUCO orders or just fight outwardly but actually get us nothing. This is the same OCC that allowed the distribution of two CFLs for $21.00 and allowed FirstEnergy to fleece us more for the supposedly less usage as well. Enough of dramas!

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