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Contact: Marty Berkowitz (614) 387-2962

OCC statement following PUCO’s decision to affirm AEP’s rate increase


COLUMBUS, OH – Jan. 30, 2013 – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today denied applications for rehearing filed by the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) and others. In the decision, the PUCO affirmed its Aug. 8, 2012 decision approving American Electric Power’s rate plan.


The following statement can be attributed to Amy Kurt, OCC’s Director of Public Affairs, following today’s decision. 


“Ohioans should be benefiting right now from the current low market prices for electricity.  Unfortunately, the AEP rate plan is denying consumers that immediate benefit.”


The Ohio Supreme Court hears appeals from PUCO cases.


Consumers can access more information about this case by visiting the case docket on the PUCO’s website,


The AEP rate plan is listed as case number 11-0346 in the PUCO’s docketing system.


Consumers can also learn more about PUCO case by viewing previous OCC news releases on this topic at:  and


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