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Victory! Governor Kasich line-item vetoes the Tangible Personal Property Tax giveaway to utilities
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Victory! Governor Kasich line-item vetoes the Tangible Personal Property Tax giveaway to utilities

COLUMBUS — With just hours to go before the deadline last night, Governor John Kasich signed the 2016-2017 budget into law, minus the last-minute amendment that would have transferred a key utility property tax on to consumers. Ohio Citizen Action members and friends were heard. More than 500 phone calls […]

Budget plan would shift Ohio power-plant tax to others
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Budget plan would shift Ohio power-plant tax to others

Property tax would now be owed by electricity deliverers, who would pass cost on to consumers COLUMBUS — “Here’s how it would work: The tax now paid by owners of power plants would be shifted to owners of electricity-delivery systems, including separate subsidiaries of AEP and other utilities. The plants […]

The Sierra Club’s Jen Miller addresses about 100 people in Columbus at a June 15 rally organized by the Sierra Club’s Ohio Chapter and Ohio Citizen Action to protest FirstEnergy’s plan.
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FirstEnergy “bailout” case: Are new additions “special deals?”

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy continues to fight against full disclosure of details in its bid to have Ohio ratepayers guarantee sales for three less profitable coal plants plus the Davis-Besse nuclear plant, even as it adds new rate proposals. FirstEnergy says the new provisions are separate from its proposed power purchase […]

FirstEnergy‘s Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
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FirstEnergy next into fight over controversial power purchase agreements

COLUMBUS — “For FirstEnergy, $5 billion is riding on its proposal. That’s the difference in projected costs being debated by FirstEnergy and its opponents. The company estimates its customers ultimately will save $2 billion in its plan, but an analysis by the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel projects a $3 billion shortfall […]

On June 15 about 100 demonstrators gathered in Columbus, Ohio to ask the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to deny FirstEnergy's request for a rate hike to support its aging coal plants.
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Green energy advocates: Coal is unsustainable in more ways than one

COLUMBUS — “Environmentalists have said for years that coal and other fossil fuels are not sustainable sources of energy. Now advocates of green energy are arguing that coal has also become economically unsustainable. Coal has reportedly become a bad investment, even in countries with large coal reserves. FirstEnergy Corp. began […]

“No Coal Bailout” protest in Columbus
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“No Coal Bailout” protest in Columbus

COLUMBUS — Over a hundred people turned up in front of the Public Utility Commission Office (PUCO) to protest against the request by FirstEnergy  for a bailout of their outdated coal plants and their Davis-Besse nuclear plant. Ratepayers showed up with signs lined up in front of the building on […]

Rally to oppose Ohio dirty energy bailouts
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Rally to oppose Ohio dirty energy bailouts

COLUMBUS — “Thanks to the 7,367 letters from Ohio Citizen Action members like you, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) rejected AEP’s request to raise rates to bailout out the Kyger Creek and Cliffty Creek coal plants. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel estimates this request would have increased rates for […]

A view of the Hatfield’s Ferry Power Station in Monongahela Township before it closed in October 2013. First Energy wants to use a landfill located near the power plant to store coal ash and scrubber byproducts from the Bruce Mansfield Power Station in Beaver County. Bob Niedbala/Observer-Reporter
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Environmental groups want state to reject FirstEnergy’s coal ash disposal plan

AKRON — “Three environmental groups are urging the state to reject FirstEnergy Generation LLC’s plan to ship coal ash produced by its Bruce Mansfield power plant in Shippingport, Beaver County,to at a now-closed ash landfill the company owns in Greene County, saying it would divert the ash from one landfill […]

PUCO Chairman Andre Porter
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New PUCO head puts off ruling on income guarantees for power plants

COLUMBUS — “The new chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio had a chance on Thursday to rule on income guarantees for certain power plants, but he decided to leave the matter open, with no timetable for resolution. Andre Porter was sworn in last month and faces a docket […]

Debunking FirstEnergy’s bailout arguments
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Debunking FirstEnergy’s bailout arguments

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy, the giant Ohio-based company that owns power plants and transmission lines in several midwestern and northeastern states, is running out of arguments for its proposed bailout. The Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO), which is currently considering the proposal by FirstEnergy for substantial, customer-funded subsidies to bail […]