American Electric Power (AEP) may soon follow “the industry trend of selling off unregulated power plants,” according to a recent Utility Dive article. The article reports that AEP has hired Goldman Sachs & Co. to “assess what to do with its merchant generation fleet.” Other utility companies, including Duke Energy, have in recent years abandoned the unregulated electricity markets by unloading their merchant power plant businesses, in a return to their core business “as rate-regulated utilities.” AEP has seven plants in its merchant portfolio, five coal and two natural gas, representing 7,923 MW of capacity all located in the PJM Interconnection; the company “could sell any and all of [them].” For more, read the full article.