American Electric Power (AEP), FirstEnergy and Duke Energy, three of Ohio’s four largest utilities, “are asking state regulators to guarantee profits on a select number of power plants that might otherwise be decommissioned,” according to a recent Columbus Dispatch article. The request would allow the utilities to have a mix of plants with regulated pricing and plants whose prices would rise and fall with the market. If approved, the change would not affect AEP’s and FirstEnergy’s plans to shut down several coal-fired plants that are already scheduled for closure, but could save other plants that are at risk of closing at a later time. The utility companies “say this would lead to more-stable prices and help retain the jobs and electricity from plants that might otherwise close,” according to the article, but “[e]nvironmentalists and consumer groups oppose the plan.” For more, read the full article