It must have been the retired hippie who became an activist for a town threatened by a transmission project that was later determined to be unnecessary. But it was definitely the artist who negotiated a $4.2M transmission rate refund from "behemoth" energy company American Electric Power.
RTO Insider is running a story today that may be the finish line for Martha's media victory lap.
Against All Odds: Ratepayer Wins $4.2M Refund from AEP chronicles Martha as remarkable, and I'd have to agree. She waded through hell and high water, and jumped every hurdle erected in her path, to right the wrongs in AEP's transmission rate filings. And she persevered to victory. She's one in more than 18 million... the only ratepayer in the Southwest Power Pool who took the time and invested the effort to challenge AEP's rates.
While RTO Insider's coverage may be the final story, it's not my favorite. While attempting to wade into the technical weeds, the reporter got some things wrong (but, hey, at least Ali's name got spelled right this time!)
A story in a retired hippie and artist newspaper, The Eureka Springs Independent, did a great job with accurate coverage. Local woman wins $4.2 million settlement for power users says Martha will now "relax into the Eureka Springs tempo for the time being."
Looking forward to joining her later this summer! I'll bring my tie-dye duds and my sketch pad... and a case of Raging Bitch!
Congratulations, Martha, it's been a gift to meet you and call you friend.