In Ashley Craig’s November 17 story, “Packed house voices opposition to AEP rate increase,” AEP spokesman, Steve Ferguson, defends the company’s 13.8% rate hike proposal. He said, “We know the economic challenges our customers are facing and we’re doing our part to keep costs down.” There is such irony in this statement, which is completely incongruous with reality.
I am so sick of watching the unnecessary television commercials, which AEP and Allegheny Power air nonstop, about their proposed boondoggle, the PATH power line. How could anyone think squandering more than 6 million dollars of ratepayers’ hard-earned money on such frivolous expenditures is keeping costs down? And now, AEP is asking ratepayers to pay more, at a time when people are having difficulty simply paying their utility bills.
This egregious multimillion dollar PR campaign has been added onto our monthly bills, since March 2008. The power companies are collecting reimbursement for these commercials every time we pay our power bills. The struggling citizens of our state have been and will continue to be footing the bill for this wasteful spending spree. AEP is saying they are keeping costs down, yet they continue to spend millions of dollars on an unnecessary “Public awareness campaign.” And now, they want more money from us?
Note: The above letter submitted to the Charleston Daily Mail was edited until it no longer bore any resemblance to its original form. I'd say their editor needs to go back to school to learn how to edit and have the remaining piece make sense, but this isn't the first time culling of facts that portray the power companies in a poor light has turned a well-written letter into a senseless, rambling shadow of its former self. Shame on you, Daily Mail!