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AEP Hopes New PUCO Chair Gives Solar Farm "A Fair Shot"

Feb 8, 2019

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The panel of state regulators that reviews utility rates will soon have a new leader who has a history of opposing renewable energy issues. This is causing concerns for supporters of a proposed solar farm from AEP. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow talked to AEP about the new appointment.

 

Sam Randazzo’s appointment to chair the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio sent up red flags to supporters of AEP’s 400 megawatt solar farm.

 

Randazzo’s former group, Industrial Energy Users-Ohio, is against the proposal.

 

AEP Ohio Vice President Marc Reitter says Randazzo is smart and experienced, and Reitter hopes he gives their proposal a fair shot.

 

Reitter: “He’ll evaluate the record and I think he’ll find that these projects offer economic hope to a part of the state that I think has been left behind. And I think he’ll find merit in that.”

 

AEP says there’s a need for this solar farm in Highland County based on fuel diversity, carbon reduction, and economic development for Appalachia.