AEP Files for 17% Rate Increase for Its WV Companies, Residential Customers Hit with a 23.2% Rise

Yesterday, Ohio-based holding company AEP filed for a 17% base rate increase at the WV PSC for its APCo and Wheeling Power subsidiaries.  Here is the initial document that the company filed.  The additional testimony with the details was not available yesterday, but about 20% of the increase will come from cost recovery from the new right of way maintenance program required by the PSC last year.

Another State Rebuilding Its Electricity System the Right Way

Massachusetts has now joined New York in developing a comprehensive plan to rebuild its electrical system and its economy.  Here’s the story.

The state is “remaking the electric grid as it might have been designed by Steve Jobs:  elegant, customer-friendly, and with functionality that was previously unimaginable,” said Paul Gromer, CEO of Peregrine Energy Group and former Massachusetts state energy commissioner.

Federal 7th Circuit Rejects FERC/PJM Non-Reform of Transmission Cost Allocation

Federal court cases drag on forever.  Remember the 7th Circuit Appeals Court decision in 2009 throwing out PJM’s FERC-approved recovery of costs from all PJM rate payers for transmission lines that benefit only eastern PJM customers?  In that decision, the 7th Circuit remanded the case to FERC, ordering FERC and PJM to fix their cost recovery scheme so that only people who benefit from transmission lines like PATH would pay for them.

Cost Recovery for Non-Transmission Alternatives, No Easy Answers

Last week, I attended a two-day seminar given by Scott Hempling, one of the most knowledgeable experts on the legal aspects of US grid management.  I have been trying to figure out how to work what I learned (and it was a lot) from Mr. Hempling into a post on The Power Line.  Then a friend sent me a link to this post by the great John Farrell, one of the US’s leading experts on decentralized power.

Ejecting the Power Line Foxes from the Electric Customer Henhouse

The neighbors of the proposed Badger-Coulee high-voltage line in Wisconsin are like those in many other parts of

Forget Utility 2.0, Let’s Talk Energy Ownership 2.0

The transformation taking place in the electricity system is enormous, but twofold. But most commentators – including the former FERC chair – miss half the opportunity when they fixate on the inevitable technological rather than the more fundamental economic transformation.

WV FirstEnergy Rate Payers Hit with New $7.5 Million Increase

Back on May 29, the WV PSC told FirstEnergy’s WV subsidiaries that they could raise electric rates to pay for a new system of reading meters every month.  Well, now we know what that will cost – $7.5 million per year.  And WV rate payers will pay every penny.

Webinar: Minnesota’s Value of Solar

What is “the value of solar” electricity? How can it be used in energy policy? And how does it differ from other policies that govern the deployment of distributed solar power?

Listen in to this 30-minute webinar presentation (and 30-minute Q&A) to learn about Minnesota’s recently enacted value of solar policy, how it may work for solar in Minnesota if and when the state’s investor-owned utilities adopt it, and the implications for a robust and transparent value of solar methodology to help resolve conflicts in nearly 20 states.


Did AEP Just File for Another Rate Payer Subsidy to the WV Coal Industry?

On Wednesday, I read this AP story on the Charleston Gazette Web site.

An American Electric Power subsidiary is asking state regulators to approve a transmission line that the company wants to build in Boone and Raleigh counties.

AEP West Virginia Transmission Company, Inc. filed an application for the Bim Tap Project on Tuesday with the West Virginia Public Service Commission.

California’s AB 2145 Undermines Clean Energy, Local Economies, and Majority Rule

A powerful law in six states gives communities the power to choose their energy suppliers and direct their energy dollars toward local energy production. Two of the most prominent examples of this policy in action are in California, Marin Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power, and they’re offering electric customers better pricing with much more renewable energy than the incumbent utility.