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July 22, 2018
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Supreme Court rules Meigs customers won't pay for AEP plant
(WOUB) - The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that
American Electric Power cannot pass on to customers the cost of building a new power plant in Meigs County.

The high court says doing so would violate the 1999 law that restructured the regulation of utilities.

The court made the unanimous ruling yesterday.

It said AEP cannot charge for the construction of the plant through its regulated distribution operations -- since power from the new plant would fall within the generation portion of the
company's operations that the Legislature allowed to be deregulated under the 1999 law.

AEP had argued that construction would fall under the distribution category of "provider of last resort."

The ruling sends the case back to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for reconsideration.
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