AEP Ohio modifies electric security plan

Columbus, Ohio, March 6, 2012 — AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power, notified the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio of its intention to file a modified electric security plan by the end of March 2012.

At that time, AEP Ohio will file modifications to its pending application filed January 2011 as allowed following the commission's February 23 revocation of its previous approval of the company's stipulated agreement.

AEP also would like swift resolution regarding the company's ability to corporately separate and transfer its generation assets in Ohio.

AEP Ohio filed a motion for relief and a request for an expedited ruling on Feb. 27 with the PUCO to determine an interim capacity charge that competitive retail generation suppliers would pay AEP Ohio for use of its generation assets.

In the filing, the company argued that providing all of its generating capacity to competing retail energy suppliers at a deeply discounted rate would have an immediate adverse financial impact on AEP Ohio.

Although details of the new filing have yet to be finalized, the proposed ESP will address a range of issues including provisions for distribution service, alternative energy resource requirements, energy efficiency resource requirements and other matters. The primary focus of the filing will be retail pricing for AEP Ohio's standard service offering designed to provide a fair and stable transition to a fully competitive framework that benefits all Ohioans.

In yesterday's filing, AEP Ohio has requested that the commission conduct an expedited proceeding to consider the revised ESP proposal once filed. The company is asking the PUCO to adopt a procedural schedule that would provide a decision within 60 days so that new rates would become effective June 1, 2012.

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