AEP Customers Raise Concerns Related to Continuous Electricity Rate Hikes
Service continues to worsen as costs rise
A coalition of activists delivered a petition with more than 1,000 signatures to AEP on Monday urging the company not to raise electricity rates. Activists from Ohio and Indiana gathered outside the company headquarters in downtown Columbus, sharing their concerns for the electricity prices that continue to rise.
Those in attendance included members of The Black Environmental Leaders Action Fund & Black Environmental Leaders Association, Columbus Stand Up, 350, Ohio Working Families Party, Green Worker Alliance and Sierra Club. Gina Beard, a mother of two from Grove City, joined forces with the activists, saying she cannot afford another rate increase. Beard said her groceries went bad after a power outage last week that lasted nearly 13 hours in her neighborhood.
"I don't understand why we would be getting rate hikes when our power is constantly turned off and our infrastructure is so terrible it leaves us at risk," Beard said. "It's unacceptable; it's unacceptable for something that's so preventable."
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