American Electric Power Co. Inc. (AEP) wants Ohio regulators to
deny Ormet Corp.s request that it be forced to continue
providing electricity to the aluminum producer during its
The move comes after
Hannibal, Ohio-based Ormet failed to pay its September bill,
which was due Oct. 23, the Columbus, Ohio-based utility said in
a motion filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
AEP said it has the
right to disconnect Ormets power Oct. 30 but is willing
to delay disconnection until Nov. 1 to give PUCO time to
consider Ormets emergency request.
But AEP also said that
it believes PUCO lacks jurisdiction to change Ormets
power agreement with the utility, and blasted what it considers
an improper attempt by Ormet to receive a new, open-ended
agreement that would see Ormet provided with power for an
"The commission cannot
order AEP to continue to serve Ormet without being paid for its
service," the company said in the filing.
One exception might be
if Ormet were to convert its Chapter 11 bankruptcy
reorganization case into a Chapter 7 liquidation, AEP said. "In
that situation, it might be possible to treat the Chapter 7
trustee as a new customer," the company said.