For Immediate Release
Contact: Jason Gilham
614 | 466 7750
PUCO outlines schedule for AEP remand proceeding
COLUMBUS, OHIO (May 25, 2011) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today set a procedural schedule to consider the AEP-Ohio provider of last resort (POLR) and environmental carrying cost issues remanded by the Ohio Supreme Court. The proceeding will provide AEP and intervenors in the case an opportunity to present testimony and offer additional evidence regarding the issues.
The procedural schedule is as follows:
- June 6, 2011: Testimony due from AEP
- June 23, 2011: Testimony due from intervenors
- June 29, 2011: Final discovery request
- July 7, 2011: Prehearing conference held at 10 a.m. at the PUCO offices, 180 E. Broad St., Columbus
- July 12, 2011: Hearing held at 10 a.m. at the PUCO offices, 180 E. Broad St., Columbus
Pending its final decision on remand, the Commission directed AEP to file proposed revised tariffs that would make the POLR and environmental carrying cost charges subject to refund. Upon conclusion of the remand proceedings, the Commission may determine that the environmental or POLR charges should be refunded to AEP customers.
On May 4, 2011, following a Supreme Court ruling that reversed and remanded parts of the Commission’s approval of AEP’s electric security plan, the PUCO directed AEP to file proposed revised tariffs removing POLR charges and certain environmental carrying costs. The Commission also directed the company to make the appropriate filing to seek recovery of a non-cost-based POLR charge or a POLR charge based upon costs, or to seek recovery of environmental carrying cost charges pursuant to the Court’s remand.
On May 11, 2011, AEP filed proposed revised tariffs, under protest, and requested that the Commission establish a procedural schedule for the remand proceeding. The company also filed their application to recover the POLR and environmental carrying cost charges as directed by the Commission.
A copy of today’s Commission entry will be made available at www.PUCO.ohio.gov. Click on the link to the Docketing Information System (DIS) and enter the case number 08-917-EL-SSO.
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