Ohio Citizen Action welcomes new Cleveland Canvass Director Hannah Spring Hannah Spring
Ohio clean energy groups will seek recusals from PUCO nominee Members of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio meet in March 2018. photo: PUCO
U.S. Solar jobs fell with Trump’s tariffs, but these states are adding more U.S. Solar jobs fell with Trump’s tariffs, but these states are adding more
Ohio governor taps wind critic Randazzo as utility commission chair Credit: Tom Knox
Featured Story Ohio Citizen Action testimony to PUCO, Dec 4, 2018

Ohio Citizen Action testimony to PUCO, Dec 4, 2018

COLUMBUS — Good morning, I’m Rachael Belz, Executive Director of Ohio Citizen Action. I’m here today to provide testimony in favor of American Electric Power’s application 18-501-EL-FOR to add renewable generating facilities to their energy portfolio. Ohio Citizen Action had worked on both consumer and environmental community issues in Ohio […]

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Looking for more than just a job?

  You’ll find it at Ohio Citizen Action. This is the chance to roll up your sleeves and make a difference. You’ll get to know the environmental issues and the people they affect in our area. Here, you can really put your values into action by earning a living and […]

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Your donations provide support for research, community organizing, and lobbying for campaigns including giving Ohioans the right-to-know and the right to say no about hydrofracking in our state, moving Ohio away from its reliance on dirty coal-fired power plants, and “good neighbor campaigns” in which neighbors of polluting facilities have […]

Victory Consumers score a victory on Dayton Power & Light fixed rate charge

Consumers score a victory on Dayton Power & Light fixed rate charge

COLUMBUS — Dayton Power & Light customers will not have to pay a $13 monthly fixed rate or customer charge on their bills, thanks to a settlement reached among the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and consumer and environmental advocates on June 22. The charge will increase to $7 per month, but […]

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Hannah Spring
Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action welcomes new Cleveland Canvass Director Hannah Spring

Hannah Spring started canvassing February 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan for Clean Water Action. Her first campaign involved working on the lead and copper rule in Michigan, which resulted in the strongest lead regulations in the country. Hannah says, “The rule states that in the next 20 years all the […]

Members of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio meet in March 2018. photo: PUCO
Energy / Renewable Energy

Ohio clean energy groups will seek recusals from PUCO nominee

Industry group lobbyist Sam Randazzo has represented several groups before the regulatory board COLUMBUS — “Randazzo himself raised the question of recusals when he opposed Democrat Howard Petricoff for a seat on the PUCO in 2016. Petricoff had represented wind industry clients, as well as some companies that favor a shift to […]

U.S. Solar jobs fell with Trump’s tariffs, but these states are adding more
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U.S. Solar jobs fell with Trump’s tariffs, but these states are adding more

Overall, U.S. solar job numbers fell in 2018 as President Trump’s tariffs on panel imports kicked in, but several states still saw significant growth WASHINGTON, DC — “Illinois stands out in the 2018 edition of the National Solar Jobs Census, with gains that were second only to Florida in a year […]

AEP Ohio Weighs in on Pick for PUCO Chairman
AEP / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

AEP Ohio Weighs in on Pick for PUCO Chairman

COLUMBUS — “Sam Randazzo’s appointment to chair the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio sent up red flags to supporters of AEP’s 400 megawatt solar farm. Randazzo’s former group, Industrial Energy Users-Ohio, is against the proposal. AEP Ohio Vice President Marc Reitter said Randazzo is smart and experienced, and Reitter hopes he gives their proposal a fair shot. ‘He’ll […]

Credit: Tom Knox
Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio governor taps wind critic Randazzo as utility commission chair

COLUMBUS — “Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, R, on Monday, named energy attorney and lobbyist Samuel Randazzo as the new chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO), sparking criticism from renewable energy advocates and environmentalists. Randazzo, a former lobbyist for industrial energy consumers, has worked against wind development in Ohio […]

Ohioans deserve an end to PUCO shill game
Renewable Energy

Ohioans deserve an end to PUCO shill game

  Lawmakers created the PUCO Nominating Council for a reason, and understanding that reason helps to understand the current conflict-of-interest controversy surrounding PUCO nominee Sam Randazzo, a long-time former lobbyist and general counsel for Industrial Energy Users-Ohio. Ohio Citizen Action actively opposes Mr. Randazzo joining the Commission on the grounds […]

DeWine picks Columbus lawyer as new PUCO chairman, drawing praise and criticism
Renewable Energy

DeWine picks Columbus lawyer as new PUCO chairman, drawing praise and criticism

COLUMBUS — “Gov. Mike DeWine has picked a Columbus attorney with a long history in the state’s energy business to lead the the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. DeWine announced on Monday that Samuel Randazzo will be chairman of the five-member commission, replacing Asim Haque as chairman, who announced Monday he was stepping down March 1 to […]

Sarah Taylor, Windustrious Cleveland
Wind Energy

Wind advocate responds to Randazzo PUCO appointment

To Michael Hall, Governor DeWine’s Director of Policy. Dear Michael, It was very disturbing to read that Samuel Randazzo has now been appointed by Governor DeWine to Chair PUCO, just four days after his name had been submitted as a candidate for Commissioner for PUCO.  Samuel Randazzo’s totally inappropriate background for such […]

Justice Department, Ohio AG warn FirstEnergy Solutions and FirstEnergy on environmental obligations
Coal / FirstEnergy

Justice Department, Ohio AG warn FirstEnergy Solutions and FirstEnergy on environmental obligations

CLEVELAND — “The U.S. Department of Justice fired a warning shot this week across the bow of FirstEnergy Solutions and its path toward restructuring itself free of past debt and other obligations. The warning did not leave out parent company FirstEnergy, which negotiated a deal with FES and creditors last summer […]

Governor Mike DeWine
Coal

Group raises questions about Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s connection to polluting industries

article originally published June 2, 2016 WASHINGTON, DC  — “Several times now, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has joined other Republican state attorneys general in suing the Obama administration in efforts to derail federal environmental rules. At the same time, DeWine — a possible contender for Ohio governor in 2018 […]