But wait... FirstEnergy has a new commercial! Didn't PUCO watch the commercial before making their decision? When FirstEnergy was unable to drum up any real grassroots support for its own money-making schemes, they simply borrowed some hatred of AEP from the case docket.
FirstEnergy still doesn't get it.
There's a little clue for FirstEnergy in the comments of the Columbus Dispatch article. Do you think they can find it, or does someone have to beat them over the head with it?
What was it that made PUCO jilt AEP earlier this year when their rate increase incensed small business owners? Was it because everyone hated AEP? No, it was because everyone hated AEP's collusion with PUCO. Fear for their own safety is the only thing that spurred PUCO into action against their master. A yappy, little dog will protect the hand that feeds it until it realizes it's about to get punted in the head, at which time it will turn tail and run for its life.
If FirstEnergy wants to break up PUCO's waltz with AEP they need to whip up a little public anger accusing PUCO of, once again, being caught in a state of dishabille with AEP.