posted on Jun, 9 2012 @ 07:41 AM
reply to post by LightningStrikesHere
I live in Ohio, and have some experience with FirstEnergy, AEP, and PUCO. FirstEnergy is attempting to take over electric energy in the Ohio
Valley, and beyond.
FirstEnergy Corp. : Today's PUCO Order on Inflated AEP Ohio Capacity Charge Will Restrict Shopping, Cause Customers to Pay
FirstEnergy, AEP spar in wake of Ohio energy deregulation
As the effects of deregulation take root in Ohio, American Electric Power Co. and FirstEnergy Corp. have entered into a battle to sell power to
commercial, industrial and residential customers throughout the state, with billions of dollars in sales at stake.
Energy Deregulation News reports that both companies, regarded as powerhouses in Ohio, have historically been said to manipulate the Public Utilities
Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and the General Assembly to remain favorable to the companies when it comes to setting business electricity rates throughout
However, since deregulation, the two companies have taken their gripes to PUCO, both alleging the other is encroaching on their territory.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, AEP recently went before PUCO asking for a rate increase that exceeds levels set by state law. The PUCO testimony
concluded that the plan proposed by AEP would be more expensive than an electricity rate determined by market prices – clashing with a provision in
Here is how they got us for $450:
My wife got a phone call from a FirstEnergy representative, telling her she could save big money on her electric bill, as AEP was raising rates. She
asked if they could sent paperwork so we could all look it over, to which they agreed. We never got anything. The next time we received our monthly
electric bill, it reflected our usual transmission charges from AEP, but then it had a $200 surcharge from FirstEnergy. I called than and began to
scream about contract violations, as I have a binding contract with AEP. They said now they, FirstEnergy, own my contract, and that we signed up by
phone. FirstEnergy told us if we wanted to opt out, all we had to do is pay the $450, to them, not to AEP, who gets paid second, and a $250 "opt out
fee." I called PUCO,
as was on the phone for a hour as their lawyer explained to be how FirstEnergy
hijacked our account, and how FirstEnergy had lobbied to change the laws so they could do this legally.
At this time I have an account with AEP, but AEP has no choice as yet to prevent any alternative energy supplier like FirstEnergy to take over our
account, with as little as a phone call. There is another company named Border Energy
that is in on this. We of
the Ohio Valley are suffering under unfair laws and corporate raiders, (Carpet Baggers) whine the Legislature regroups and tries to do something about
We have a nice litany for any alternative energy company that calls now.