COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State regulators have determined Columbus Southern Power had “excessive earnings” for 2010 under Ohio law and should return $6.9 million.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio issued the Wednesday ruling involving the American Electric Power operating company. The ruling cites a 2008 law that made it easier for utilities to raise rates but said their profits must not be “significantly excessive.”
A spokesman for the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel says the total to be returned to customers is about one-fifth of the $35 million recommended by that consumer advocacy agency. He says a PUCO staff witness had recommended more than $22 million.
AEP Ohio didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment after business hours Wednesday.