Archive for March 17th, 2017

An analysis of Ohio consumer electric bills since 2009 by Ohio State University economists has found that consumers are paying higher electric bills today than they did before de-regulation. The study follows an earlier OSU-Cleveland State University study found that the auction-based standard service offer and the ability of consumers to switch to independent competitive suppliers saved on the price of power itself. But state regulators, following a change in the law in 2008, have allowed electric utilities to jack up delivery rates by adding special rate "riders," the new study has determined. (Ohio State University)
Research & Reports / Utilities

Electric bills $1 billion higher: OSU analysts urge state to require traditional utilities to sell power plants

COLUMBUS — “Ohio should require its traditional electric utilities to sell off their power plants, a team of Ohio State University analysts has concluded and is urging lawmakers to consider requiring that. ‘Our recommendation is that the state should do it [deregulation] right,’ said Noah Dormady, an energy and environmental economist […]

DP&L will sell its ownership in three coal-fired power stations, according to a new stipulation filed with a state organization. (Credit: Thomas Gnau/Dayton Daily News)
Coal / Dayton Power & Light

DPL to sell stake in three power plants

DAYTON — “In a new state filing, Dayton Power & Light Co. puts itself on a path further from the use of coal in power generation. The company said in the filing it will commit to selling its ownership in three generation stations while setting up an economic development fund for […]

The solar project, situated on 165 acres along Carter Road, northeast of Bowling Green, is planned to accommodate 85,000 tracking solar panels and have a 20-megawatt capacity. (Credit: J.D.Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Renewable Energy

BG solar field broadcast called bright

BOWLING GREEN — “Results are sunny so far for Bowling Green’s fledgling solar installation. Utilities Director Brian O’Connell said they’re looking forward to the field’s output this summer, when demand for electrical power is higher. ‘We’re looking forward to the first summer, when we see what it will do,’ he […]

Ohio Statehouse (Wikimedia Commons)
Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio bill would allow customers to opt out of utility renewable energy charges

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s debate over renewable energy standards is poised to heat up again. Rep. Bill Seitz, who heads the House Public Utilities Committee, said the bill from last year to make renewable energy standards voluntary for two years didn’t go far enough. H.B. 114, by contrast, would introduce a voluntary renewable […]