January 10, 2013 – A plan that was to give Ohio the largest solar array east of the Rockies is all but dead, potentially costing hundreds of jobs. American Electric Power (Baa2) is saying that actions yesterday by regulators make it difficult to see how the 49.9-megawatt project southeast of Zanesville could ever come together. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio voted 3-1 to strip the Turning Point Solar plan from a larger report about AEP’s projected power needs. The majority wrote that AEP did not prove that the project is needed, and the panel left it up to AEP to provide further justification. The Ohio Democratic Party and environmental groups seized on the decision as a job-killer and an abandonment of clean energy.