AEP and FirstEnergy have filed their answer to the formal challenge that Keryn and Ali filed contesting $2.5 million of charges for bogus “public education” costs that the power companies want to charge rate payers through the PATH cost recovery process at FERC.
Keryn has a post about the answer, and a link to it, over at StopPATHWV. I have not read the answer yet, but Keryn reports that AEP/FE provide no real rebuttal of claims that PATH’s “public education” costs were really public relations and lobbying designed to benefit only their companies’ shareholders.
Keryn plucked the following gem out from the answer, as the excuse AEP/FE claim for having to spend so much on their “public education”:
In the wake of highly orchestrated and vocal opposition to the Project, PATH had a responsibility as the Project’s developer to educate government officials, civic, community and business leaders, and the public at large, about the reliability benefits of improved transmission infrastructure in general, and the PATH Project in particular. [emphasis mine]
The word “orchestrated” implies that some nefarious behind-the-scenes manipulators were controlling the behavior of opponents of the project. That would be news to the thousands of property owners and rate payers who stood up to fight the PATH project in three states over the last three years.
As for AEP/FE having a “responsibility” to “educate” anyone, I will put the information on The Power Line up against any propaganda coming out of Columbus, OH and Greensburg, PA, headquarters of PATH’s owners over the last three years. I have been told countless times by “government officials, civic, community and business leaders, and the public at large” that information here on The Power Line is the most accurate and complete information about the PATH project and reliability issues that they could find anywhere.
“Highly orchestrated” we definitely aren’t. I would not even characterize us as “opposition.” We know what real electric system reliability is and we are all for that. The only opposition to reliability we have seen is AEP/FE and PJM Interconnection clinging desperately to their obsolete PATH project.
I do have to admit that we are pretty vocal.