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SEC Subpoenas AEP Ohio In Nuclear Bailout Bribery Investigation

The headquarters of AEP in Columbus, Ohio.
Ryan Hitchcock
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WOSU
The headquarters of AEP in Columbus, Ohio.

AEP Ohio said the Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into benefits from HB6, the energy bill at the center of a bribery scandal.

The statement from ​Columbus-based AEP to investors says the SEC is seeking various documents related to ​how House Bill 6 ​benefited the company. 

​The sweeping energy bill not only bailed out two nuclear power plants, but created hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies for two coal plants partly owned by AEP.

"Although we cannot predict the outcome of the SEC’s inquiry, we do not believe the results of this inquiry will have a material impact on our financial condition, results of operations, or cash flows," the AEP written statement said. "AEP continues to believe that our participation in the HB6 process was at all times lawful and ethical."

Federal prosecutors ​allege FirstEnergy, which provides power to six million people in five states, funneled millions of dollars to a group controlled by former House Speaker Larry Householder, in return for passing HB6. 

Once the bribery allegations were announced, AEP conducted an internal investigation and said it has no reason to believe the company was "involved in any wrongful conduct."

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