Energy

Energy efficiency was projected to cut electric consumption, power companies told the state
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Energy efficiency was projected to cut electric consumption, power companies told the state

CLEVELAND — “Ohio’s electric companies were on course to help their customers cut overall power use by as much as 33 percent in coming years before lawmakers froze state energy efficiency mandates. Filed and forgotten at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, the analyses and projections were drawn up by […]

Ohio coal plants want regulators to keep them alive
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio coal plants want regulators to keep them alive

First Energy, a utility in Akron, is making a risky bet on the past — “Until recently, FirstEnergy, a utility in Akron, favored rate deregulation. FirstEnergy, which serves 6 million customers from western Ohio to the Jersey shore, relies on coal-fired power plants that once offered some of the cheapest […]

A proposal by FirstEnergy would essentially guarantee a buyer for power from its Sammis power plant near Stratton, Ohio, and other facililties. (Photo by Chris Dilts via Creative Commons)
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy ‘bailout’ hearing in Ohio starts Monday

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy acknowledges that customers will pay more in for the first few years, but claims that the proposed power purchase agreement (PPA) will save customers $2 billion over its 15-year term. The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel has said the plan will more likely cost ratepayers $3 […]

Whose energy security?
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Whose energy security?

TOLEDO — “For both environmental and economic reasons, FirstEnergy should be working to phase out the Sammis plant. Instead, it is asking PUCO to guarantee not only operating costs but also profits at the plant. That would increase bills for as many as 1.9 million Toledo Edison, Ohio Edison, and […]

Andre Porter
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy / Uncategorized

PUCO chief: Energy’s challenges brought me back

COLUMBUS — “Porter is generally viewed by Ohio energy observers as fair and not easily pushed over – the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association described his remarks last week to Columbus Business First urging utilities to “stop scaring Ohioans” as an ‘ unusually blunt message to the utilities.’ Porter wouldn’t delve into […]

As utilities embrace change, FirstEnergy’s strategy is resistance and protectionism
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

As utilities embrace change, FirstEnergy’s strategy is resistance and protectionism

Environmental Defense Fund’s Dick Munson decries FirstEnergy’s fight against the future of energy NEW YORK, NY — “For the record, FirstEnergy is among a small group of outliers. Most utilities are already embracing change, and many are truly pushing for a modern system. But FirstEnergy’s behavior is remarkably backward and […]

FirstEnergy Corp. is asking for a 15-year "power purchase agreement" committing the Illuminating Co., Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison to buy all of the power generated by the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant and the coal-fired R.W. Sammis plant on the Ohio River at whatever it costs to generate.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Cheap electricity? No. But there will be enough power to get us through future heat waves, arctic blasts

AKRON — “Consumers from here to the East Coast can have confidence there will be enough power during future summer heat waves and winter’s most arctic weather, says the company responsible for managing the high-voltage grid in Ohio and 12 other states. But you most likely will have to pay more […]

FirstEnergy is staying focused on its upcoming power purchase agreement hearing. In December, energy regulators heard from a packed room of Ohio power companies, businesses and environmental groups during a PUCO hearing a similar request by AEP.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy focused on proposed power plan, not PUCO chief’s call to ‘stop trying to scare Ohioans’

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy Corp. is keeping mum about sharp comments from Ohio’s top regulator. The utility’s focus is not on switching Ohio’s electric power industry back to regulation, the Akron utility said in response to Andre Porter‘s comments in a Tuesday Columbus Business First story. Instead, it’s squarely focused on […]

Andre Porter
Coal / Energy

‘Stop trying to scare Ohioans,’ PUCO chief tells power companies

COLUMBUS — “Andre Porter, chosen in April by Gov. John Kasich to lead the influential state agency, agreed with comments made by Ohio’s electric utility executives from Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) and Columbus’ American Electric Power Company Inc. (NYSE:AEP) that it’s important to ensure power reliability. But Porter isn’t sounding […]

FirstEnergy backs away from free market, wants you to buy its more expensive power
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy backs away from free market, wants you to buy its more expensive power

AKRON — “FirstEnergy’s next rate case is going to a full-scale hearing at the end of this month — without the recommendations of state experts who should have already analyzed it. The centerpiece of the case is a never-before-seen 15-year “power purchase agreement” between FirstEnergy’s three traditional Ohio utilities — the […]