Members of the PUCO this week voted unanimously to approve an electricity discount for several newly sited Amazon data centers (Vadata). The discount is made possible by exempting Amazon’s affiliate from certain distribution charges which has the effect of shifting costs to other customers, according to statements in the Columbus Dispatch and Columbus Business First.
The PUCO-approved deal requires a status report after five years, specifically in response to comments from OMA Energy Group and others to ensure that Vadata is living up to its commitments.
The OMA Energy Group intervened in the case and met with policymakers to remind them that one customer’s discount is another customer’s surcharge. The final approved deal includes some consumer improvements. 1/11/2018