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FirstEnergy’s latest strategy for a bailout is still a bad idea
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FirstEnergy’s latest strategy for a bailout is still a bad idea

CLEVELAND — “I discussed FirstEnergy’s strategy with Ned Hill, noted economist and dean of Cleveland State’s College of Urban Affairs. He described it as building a ‘redistributive coalition,’ which is comprised of a relatively small group of beneficiaries from a collective action who join forces to advocate a self-interested public […]

FirstEnergy has proposed a new rate plan that would help secure the future of the Davis-Besse plant in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
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Hearing draws varied crowd on rate plan for Davis-Besse

TOLEDO — “According to Scott Gerfen, Ohio Consumers Counsel spokesman, FirstEnergy has already received billions of dollars for its transition to deregulated power plants under Ohio’s 1999 law that lifted market restrictions. Michael Shields, a researcher for Policy Matters Ohio, said FirstEnergy shouldn’t be rewarded for failing to diversify its […]

Ohioans stand up in force to oppose bailing out old, dirty power plants
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Ohioans stand up in force to oppose bailing out old, dirty power plants

CLEVELAND — “Our state and regional leaders should be helping us build a healthy and prosperous future for our families as we transition away from the dirty fuels of the past. They should take advantage of the growing clean energy industry, investing in local economic development and providing programs that […]

Teresa McHugh and Katriel Israel from Ohio Sierra Club and Rachael Belz of Ohio Citizen Action at the PUCO hearing in Cleveland, January 20, 2015.
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FirstEnergy rate plan pummeled during PUCO hearing as 80 demand to testify

CLEVELAND — “A sharply critical crowd of about 200 FirstEnergy customers and critics poured into Cleveland City Council chambers Tuesday night to vent rage about the company’s latest rate proposal, and at times, its actions over the last decade. The five-hour marathon hearing before representatives of the Public Utilities Commission […]

About two dozen people showed up near the West Side Market Saturday to draw attention to the public meeting at Cleveland City Hall Tuesday.
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Ohio’s anti-green suicide

COLUMBUS — “Swing state Ohio is plunging ever deeper into the fossil/nuke abyss. Its Public Utilities Commission may soon gouge the public for $3 billion (BILLION!) to subsidize two filthy 50-year-old coal burners and America’s most dangerous nuke. Approval would seal Ohio’s death notice. None of those coal/nuke burners can compete […]

Residents don’t deserve higher energy rates
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Residents don’t deserve higher energy rates

COLUMBUS — “Allowing FirstEnergy to raise its rates would be unjust to people struggling to make ends meet. As a senior at Ohio State University, I understand the burden of debt. But where is my bailout? If I am expected to be responsible for the debt I accrued in the pursuit […]

About two dozen people showed up near the West Side Market Saturday to draw attention to the public meeting at Cleveland City Hall Tuesday.
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FirstEnergy wants PUCO guarantees on nuclear and coal prices

A public meeting in Cleveland will look at FirstEnergy rate plan CLEVELAND — “The last of three public meetings on FirstEnergy’s new rate plan happens Tuesday. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on the proposal that has drawn criticism from some business groups, as well as environmentalists. Akron-based FirstEnergy runs the Illuminating […]

Speak out! Public hearing on FirstEnergy bailout in Cleveland
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Speak out! Public hearing on FirstEnergy bailout in Cleveland

CLEVELAND — FirstEnergy wants the PUCO to guarantee profits for the utility’s share in the Kyger Creek Power Plant, located near Gallipolis, Ohio; the Clifty Creek Power Plant near Madison, Indiana; the Cardinal coal plant in Brilliant, Ohio; the Conesville power plant in Conesville, Ohio; the WH Zimmer coal plant […]

ea Mathis testifies in opposition at a Public Utilities Commission of Ohio public hearing on FirstEnergy Corp.'s Electric Security Plan application at the Ocasek Government Center on Monday in Akron. (Michael Chritton/Akron Beacon Journal)
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PUCO hearing in Akron on FirstEnergy’s electric security plan draws about 100

AKRON — “A crowd of about 100 turned out in downtown Akron on Monday night to voice their opinions on a FirstEnergy Corp. proposal that critics say would raise customer electric rates by $3 billion to pay for the increasing cost of operating older and less-efficient power plants. …The utility […]

AARP opposes First Energy request for subsidy
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AARP opposes First Energy request for subsidy

WASHINGTON, DC — “AARP Ohio opposes an unnecessary and costly First Energy proposal, now pending before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), which would force customers to subsidize some of its power plants through a surcharge on their electric bills. The added fee would cost customers an estimated $3 […]