Thursday, March 31, 2016
Contact: Tyler M. Duvelius
Christian Coalition of Ohio expresses concerns regarding PPA decisions
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Today, the Christian Coalition of Ohio expressed their concerns with PUCO’s approval of the FirstEnergy and AEP power purchase agreements. The Christian Coalition of Ohio believes these agreements will negatively impact millions of Ohio ratepayers.
“This is a step in the wrong direction for Ohio,” said Tyler Duvelius, State Energy Director for the Christian Coalition of Ohio. “These agreements will place financial burden on families, small businesses, and churches throughout our state as their energy bills will unnecessarily increase.”
FirstEnergy’s deal will increase its ratepayer’s energy bills by $3.25 per month. While AEP’s agreement will cost ratepayers at least $200 million over the next several years. These costs are exceedingly high after an Energy Mandate Study Committee report concluded that an alternative energy rider would cost rate payers somewhere between 27 cents and $1.31 per month. This means Ohioans stand to pay about 3 times as much per month to prop up outdated and inefficient energy plants.
The Christian Coalition of Ohio was, however, encouraged by AEP’s commitment to work toward cleaner and cheaper alternative energy sources, including wind and solar energy. Duvelius noted that such alternative energy sources lead to innovative, 21st Century jobs for all Ohioans.
He added, “Governor Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly have created a pro-business environment here in Ohio. As conservatives, we must continue our innovative approach to job creation and push Ohio to lead the country in energy production via common-sense alternative energy reforms.” In addition to the economic benefits of alternative energy reform, the Christian Coalition of Ohio recognizes America’s need to make itself more safe by becoming energy independent.
Duvelius ended by saying, “Christians in Ohio recognize that alternative energy reform is a political issue consistent with the teachings of the Bible and our Christian beliefs. We consider clean energy reform vital to the future of the Ohio economy and to our national security interests.”