Recent unfortunate events experienced by AEP customers show how global warming, which produces destructive storms and heat waves, created conditions for widespread power losses.
Continued reliance on fossil fuels escalates these impacts.
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Solutions that reduce demand on the system and save customers money are available and they don’t have to include AEP’s draconian shutoffs to homes and businesses.
These solutions have existed for years. The failure of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to require and for AEP to implement them is irresponsible. These options include:
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That would end the customer subsidy of two uneconomic coal plants and restore the energy efficiency requirements that were discarded to finance the coal plant subsidies. Overall stress on the system is reduced when customers use less energy.
This plain common-sense fact has eluded the legislature for too long.
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Energy efficiency is the least cost solution, cheaper than any power plant. Why would we not do it?
It reduces system costs for the utility and saves customers money on their bills. If energy efficiency programs had not been terminated by the legislature, the system demand would have been less and fewer, if any, customers may have been shutoff.
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2 Get to the bottom of it
PUCO should convene a real investigation geared towards solutions.
Calling in AEP and PJM Interconnection to explain is inadequate.
Call in the state and national experts on Demand Response Programs to…
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