Archive for April 12th, 2017

Bucyrus City Hall Council Chambers. 22 members of the public attended the April 10th hearing, 7 personally testified against the AEP rate hike.
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

Electric base rates could rise for AEP Ohio

BUCYRUS — “The first of four statewide hearings about potentially raising base rates of electricity highlighted Bucyrus residents’ concerns Monday. Nearly 30 people visited city hall to listen as seven others stood to testify for the commission. A court reporter recorded every word as evidence in the matter. Beth Trombold, one of five […]

Official statement on SB 128 by Rachael Belz,  Ohio Citizen Action Executive Director
Energy / FirstEnergy

Official statement on SB 128 by Rachael Belz, Ohio Citizen Action Executive Director

FirstEnergy would have us believe their desire for a Zero Emission Credit (ZEC) program in Ohio, as proposed in SB 128,  is about incentivizing low-carbon energy generation. If that were true, they would have made more significant investments in renewable energy projects and not dispatched legions of lobbyists to Columbus […]

Credit: Neal Wellons (Creative Commons)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Ohio nuclear bill could clash with federal law, conceals info from public

COLUMBUS — “A bill to subsidize FirstEnergy’s Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants presents potential conflicts under Ohio and federal law. Senate Bill 128 would implement FirstEnergy’s zero-emission nuclear, or ZEN, program to have its Ohio utilities’ two million distribution customers pay above-market prices for as much as $57 per year […]

Rachael Belz, executive director, Ohio Citizen Action
Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

What Ohioans are saying about fixed charge hikes proposed by electric companies

Commentary from Ohio Citizen Action Executive Director Rachael Belz Who wants to talk about household bills, right? It’s not exactly the most fun topic, but for the past few months, we’ve been out in neighborhoods across Ohio knocking on doors to talk with residents about just that subject – more […]

Electricity rate change to swell bills

Electricity rate change to swell bills

MARIETTA — “Local utility bills for small consumers may soon see a significant upfront increase due to changes in American Electric Power Ohio’s proposed service plan. ‘If this goes through, as early as this summer customers could see a huge increase on their bills,’ said Rachael Belz, executive director of […]