As previously reported, AEP Ohio would recover net costs of the PPAs via the nonbypassable Renewable Generation Rider (RGR), which was approved on a placeholder basis in the company's most recent ESP case. AEP Ohio would liquidate the output of the facilities into the PJM applicable markets.
Generally, IGS raised competitive concerns with resources developed through utility cost recovery.
IGS offered the following policies to support solar rather than utility development
1) Improve net metering, specifically by adopting an annual netting period for net metering, rather than the current structure that only allows for monthly netting.
2) Establish distribution rate design for commercial customers that acknowledges the role that solar plays in reducing distribution system peak demand; and
3) Continue to transform the manner in which it performs wholesale settlements.
IGS and Direct both submitted testimony contesting various AEP Ohio price forecasts and the need for the solar capacity