How about the ol' selling your uncompetitive coal plants into West Virginia's regulated system trick? This was AEP's idea to save their bacon when FirstEnergy stole a whole bunch of their Ohio customers. But FirstEnergy has never seen a good idea that they aren't too proud to copy, so FirstEnergy soon found itself short on generation too! Wow, serendipity!
And how about that rate case TV commercial beat down between the two companies last year? Freak show!
Now it's AEP's turn to copycat FirstEnergy's sports team sponsorship idea by becoming "the official energy sponsor" of Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.
In typical fashion though, AEP improves on FirstEnergy's ham-handed public relations disaster of epic proportions. AEP actually does supply the electricity to the sports venue it sponsors! (FirstEnergy Stadium's electricity is supplied by Cleveland Public Power, not FirstEnergy - cue the irony!) AEP says, "We want all fans throughout Chicagoland to know they have a choice in who supplies their electricity."
Let's hope that none of AEP's executives goes all Chatty Cathy with the media to demonstrate the way these deals get made between the filthy rich, but maybe AEP has a little more class than the buffoons at FirstEnergy.