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AEP: Don't make customers pay for your mistakes!
  • Petitioned Pablo A. Vegas

This petition was delivered to:

AEP Ohio President & COO
Pablo A. Vegas
American Electric Power CEO
Nicholas Atkins
AEP Board President, fmr. CEO
Michael Morris
PUCO Chairman
Todd Snitchler

AEP: Don't make customers pay for your mistakes!

    1. Jonas Heineman
    2. Petition by

      Jonas Heineman

      Columbus, OH

Despite record profits of $1.9 billion last year, American Electric Power (AEP) wants customers to pay for "cleanup costs" of the recent storms that left half a million people without power. AEP Ohio already did this, to the tune of $25 million in 2004 and another $27 million in 2008, but has failed to act on their own internal recommendations to modernize aging equipment. 

I started this petition because my grandma lives in Ohio on a fixed income, and it's unconscionable that a CEO who made $8.65 million last year would ask her to pay for his mistakes. What's even more outrageous is that AEP Ohio knew they needed to replace old lines and poles and clearly had the cash to make it happen, or bury power lines as customers have been asking them to for years. The "cleanup costs" passed on to customers from 2004, 2008, and 2012 combined are less than 4% of AEP Ohio's profits for 2011 alone!

AEP plans to ask the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to let them pass these costs on to you. But they haven't asked yet - so please join me and my grandma in telling both AEP and the PUCO that Ohio residents will not pay for their mistakes. We can't expect AEP to change the weather, but we can expect them to prepare for it - just like we all do when we know a storm is coming - and to put people before profits.

Tell AEP executives Michael G. Morris and Nicholas K. Akins that Ohioans won't stand for corporate greed disguised as disaster cleanup, and tell the PUCO not to let them get away with it for the third time in eight years.

P.S. - If you'd like to tell these people how you feel, here's who to call:

* AEP Director of Public Policy, Terri Flora @ (614) 883-7999
* PUCO Chairman, Todd Snitchler @ (800) 686-7826

* Senate Public Utilities Committee Chair, Shannon Jones @ (614) 466-9737
* House Public Utilities Committee Chair, Peter Stautberg @ (614) 644-6886

Recent signatures

    News

    1. BIG WIN! Ohio Supreme Court orders AEP to return $42 million!

      Jonas Heineman
      Petition Organizer

      Excerpt from Dan Gearino's coverage, which is now on the front page of their website: "In a 6-1 decision, the court disagreed with AEP’s argument that a 2008 state law was too vague to be enforceable...AEP “is incorrect, and we hold that the statute is constitutional,” said the majority opinion."

      Court rules against AEP in 'excessive profits' case

      The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld regulators' decision that American Electric Power had profits that were excessive enough to trigger a penalty. In a 6-1 decision, the court disagreed with AEP's argument that a 2008 state law was too vague to be enforceable.

    2. New competitor undercuts AEP's price

      Jonas Heineman
      Petition Organizer

      The price, 5.99 cents per kilowatt-hour, is the lowest of any listed on the “Apples to Apples” comparison chart published by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

      To switch now, click here: www.dom.com/products, or call (855) 215-3908.

      New competitor undercuts AEP's price

      By Dan Gearino The Columbus Dispatch Tuesday November 20, 2012 5:54 AM One of the country's largest energy companies is now seeking customers in central Ohio, providing a high-profile competitor for the local utility, American Electric Power.

    3. Lone Commissioner who voted against rate hike resigns from PUCO

      Jonas Heineman
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2012/11/16/democratic-member-of-puco-will-resign.html

      "Roberto has been the sole dissenting vote on several high-profile issues this year. She voted against a rate increase for American Electric Power in August, arguing that the plan did not meet the requirements of state law because it would lead to rates that were higher than the equivalent rates on the open market.

      She also dissented on a July vote dealing with the “capacity charge” that competing companies must pay to do business in AEP territory. The other four commissioners supported a plan that would delay the charge and then make customers pay, as opposed to making electricity providers pay. She wrote that the majority solution was “an unnecessary, ineffective, and costly intervention into the market that I cannot support.”

      Roberto, 50, has been an advocate for energy efficiency, leading several of the commission’s initiatives in this area."

      Democratic member of PUCO will resign

      By Dan Gearino The Columbus Dispatch Friday November 16, 2012 5:53 AM Cheryl Roberto will resign from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, she said yesterday, opening up a seat on the five-member panel that oversees electricity, natural gas and other utility services. Roberto, a Democrat, was previously director of Columbus' city-owned electric utility.

    4. Reached 7,000 signatures
    5. The PUCO decides tomorrow - be there to deliver the petition!

      Jonas Heineman
      Petition Organizer

      The PUCO will issue their decision tomorrow at a public meeting, will you join us to deliver your signature and represent the thousands of other signers who can't be there? RSVP or ask questions by messaging me directly through my Change.org user profile. Thanks! - Jonas

      Wednesday August 8th, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
      Public Utilities Commission of Ohio - 11th Floor
      180 East Broad Street / Columbus, OH 43215

      (Directions to the PUCO in the link below.)

    6. Struggling Ormet blames AEP rate increases for layoffs

      Jonas Heineman
      Petition Organizer

      Aluminum smelter Ormet could be forced to eliminate 837 of 1020 jobs if the PUCO approves a rate increase in August. “Our life is on the line,” said Mike Tanchuk, the president and CEO.
      [Story: Dan Gearino, Columbus Dispatch. Photo: Michael Harvilla, AP]

    7. Reached 6,000 signatures
    8. Your signatures are the story! NBC-4 news covers the AEP / PUCO petition.

      Jonas Heineman
      Petition Organizer

      It's working - over 3,800 people signed the petition before this evening news segment, which ran yesterday at 5:00 and again at 6:00 across central Ohio. Since then, another 1,500 people have signed, and the signatures keep rolling in. The pressure that you've applied is forcing AEP to answer tough questions, and the evasive answers they're giving are only making more people upset. Watch for yourself, and share the story with friends. Thanks again, let's keep building this momentum.

    9. Reached 5,000 signatures
    10. Unbelievable...a 5% rate hike on top of cleanup costs?!?

      Jonas Heineman
      Petition Organizer

      AEP has applied to the PUCO for a 5% rate hike - on top of the cleanup costs that they're asking customers to pay for! Talk about adding insult to injury. We've just reached 500 signers and are quickly closing in on 1000 - please continue to share this petition on your friends' Facebook walls and on Twitter, post links on news pages and anywhere you see this being discussed.

    11. Reached 500 signatures
    12. 350 signers!

      Jonas Heineman
      Petition Organizer

      100 yesterday, 250 today...the momentum is building, and it's all because of you sharing on social networks. Media outlets are covering the problem but not the solution, so let's keep the pressure on and give them something to talk about! Thank you for signing and sharing. - Jonas

      P.S. -- Keep posting those comments, your personal stories are powerful motivators.

    13. AEP Ohio slips in customer satisfaction survey

      Jonas Heineman
      Petition Organizer

      AEP Ohio was already slipping in customer satisfaction, according to a survey conducted before the recent storm. What do they think would happen to that score if they pass the buck to customers for cleanup costs? Maybe the problem is that they don't really care.

    14. Reached 250 signatures
    15. 100 signers!

      Jonas Heineman
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks for making this an impressive first day, everyone! If you'd like to learn more about what exactly is going on, I encourage you to visit Plunderbund.com for a quick read and link to coverage on 10TV.

    16. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • STEPHEN LEE COLUMBUS, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      I am on fixed income and can't afford to pay more money; when AEP should be taking care of this problem and not passing it on to the people in Ohio. I am tired of corporate greed and the top 2%.

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    • Brett Golightly LONGVIEW, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      ALL THIS and THEY STILL WANNA raise their prices next year?!?!?!??! Not to mention HARASSING their dedicated customers... UNETHICAL, UNPROFESSIONAL, and IMMORAL

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    • danny cochran POUNDING MILL, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      we can't pay these high prices.

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    • Thomas Dugan CONKLIN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      simply unfair

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    • Dennis Gaubatz UVALDE, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Maybe they should take it out of the executive salaries and bonuses, instead of the homeowner. Can you imagine a grocery store charging customers for a broken refrigerator?

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