Parties ask to revisit AEP, FirstEnergy deals in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Energy and environmental groups are among those asking Ohio regulators to reconsider two deals that allow utility companies to impose short-term rate increases to subsidize some older coal-fired and nuclear power plants.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved the power purchase agreements for Akron-based FirstEnergy and Columbus-based American Electric Power in March.

Advanced and renewable energy providers, the Sierra Club, Cleveland Municipal Schools and associations representing school officials are among those wanting one or both of the votes revisited.

Monday was the deadline to ask regulators to reconsider their approval.

Neither AEP nor FirstEnergy asked to have the decisions reheard.

Federal regulators said last week that before either agreement can take effect, they must approve the deals. That process could hold up Ohio’s final rulings.