For $20 Million, a Coal Utility Bought an Ohio Town and a Clear Conscience

  1. In recent years, more businesspeople and former executives have been embracing the grape life, buying European hobby vineyards and bottling their own private-label brands. Few pursue winemaking for profit; instead, many say they're seeking an escape 
  2. riverside village became briefly famous in 2002, when American Electric Power, the utility that operates two large coal-fired power plants here, bought it for $20 million—a deal the company preferred over dealing with residents' ongoing complaints
  3. That creates a problem for utilities that have to keep their gas or coal plants fired up all night – and all day, in case the sun goes behind a cloud. This is at the root of the current legal fight over net metering, the practice of forcing utilities