American Electric Power of Ohio, FirstEnergy Corp., and Duke Energy Ohio’s recently proposed power purchase agreement (PPA) riders (for more on this, see our September 8, 2014 blog post) are drawing comments from all sides of the issue, according to a recent Gongwer report. PJM Interconnection oversees the regional power grid; its independent market monitor, Monitoring Analytics, LLC, “takes the position that subsidies should not be permitted to interfere with the competitiveness of PJM markets and PJM’s competition-based market design.” Senate Public Utilities Committee Chairman Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) said the PPA proposals “are worth considering as a way to prevent additional plants from shutting down,” but they “should not permit unlimited risks or benefits for consumers as they are currently proposed.” PUCO staff has recommended against AEP and Duke’s proposed PPAs, and former PUCO Chairman Todd Snitcher said “the key questions for regulators was whether the PPA proposals are necessary to ensure system reliability and help cope with pending power plant retirements.” According to the article, “[t]he PUCO is not expected to rule on any of the proposals until after the Nov. 4 election.”