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The proposed bailout for Ohio’s coal plants: A bad idea any way you look at it
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The proposed bailout for Ohio’s coal plants: A bad idea any way you look at it

CAMBRIDGE, MA — “Ohio’s three biggest electricity providers are asking the state to approve a bailout plan that would force Ohioans to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in extra charges to keep some of the nation’s oldest, dirtiest, and least efficient power plants operating. If the proposals are approved, […]

Debate over Kasich administration’s Green Energy Report
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Debate over Kasich administration’s Green Energy Report

COLUMBUS — “Democratic Representatives Mike Foley of Cleveland and Dan Ramos of Lorain are crying foul after learning about a year-old report on the status of the advanced energy industry in Ohio. The report was commissioned by the Ohio Development Services Agency—or DSA—part of Gov. John Kasich’s administration. It was […]

FirstEnergy's Ohio power companies have paid consumers $50 to turn in old, working refrigerators since 2011. The electric company contracted with Jaco Environmental to recycle the old appliances at its  Stow facility. About 95 percent of the refrigerator and freezer materials can be recycled. FirstEnergy is ending its consumer energy efficiency programs.
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PUCO approves FirstEnergy’s request to suspend popular energy efficiency programs

COLUMBUS — “State regulators on Thursday approved FirstEnergy’s request to scuttle most of its consumer energy efficiency programs at the end of the year, ending popular rebates and discounts on Energy Star appliances and lighting and rewards for turning in old appliances. FirstEnergy is the only Ohio electric company that has […]

Ohio is set to retire thousands of megawatts from coal plants in the coming years.
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Ohio could meet initial EPA clean air standard easily, study finds

COLUMBUS — “Ohio could meet the first year of new carbon standards by simply allowing planned power plant retirements, a new analysis suggests. PJM Interconnection, the regional power grid operator for parts of 13 states including Ohio, analyzed the potential economic impact of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The […]

FirstEnergy wants to end its program that funds discounts on high-tech consumer light bulbs such as this Cree LED bulb that uses only 11 watts but gives the light of an old-fashioned 60-watt bulb.
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Trying to reduce your electric bill? Don’t look to FirstEnergy for help

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy’s plan to end most of its customer energy efficiency programs by year’s end is up for a vote before the Public Utilities Commission today. Such programs reduce demand for electricity, helping to keep prices to consumers lower, say advocates that have urged the PUCO to reject FirstEnergy’s proposals. […]

Low-income Ohioans to bear brunt of weatherization cuts
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Low-income Ohioans to bear brunt of weatherization cuts

COLUMBUS — “Although all Ohio ratepayers benefit from energy-efficient home weatherization programs for low-income families, future benefits could suffer from recent changes to state law, says a new report. Investments in those programs have been producing $2.51 in savings and other benefits for every $1 they cost, reports the study […]

Are utilities or states the leaders in renewable energy and Efficiency?
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Are utilities or states the leaders in renewable energy and Efficiency?

WASHINGTON, DC — “A June 2014 study by Ceres highlighted the top electric utilities for renewable energy and efficiency. In an article discussing the findings, Utility Dive suggested that there are “wide disparities […] in the extent to which electric utilities currently deliver renewable energy and energy efficiency.” To find […]

Child’s drawing for the PUCO
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Child’s drawing for the PUCO

The Lucas family has three wishes: 1.Clean Air 2. updated technology 3. Help from FirstEnergy
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Dear PUCO: A family’s three wishes

GRID WARS: The battle to control your electricity
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GRID WARS: The battle to control your electricity

WASHINGTON, DC — “Rarely has a major U.S. industry reached a crossroads as stark as that facing today’s electric utilities. EPA’s recent proposal for regulating carbon emissions from power plants is just one part of a broader trend, as the century-old model of centralized fossil fuel burning electricity generation moves […]