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Ohio voters want energy choice, oppose return to monopoly utilities
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Ohio voters want energy choice, oppose return to monopoly utilities

CLEVELAND — “Efforts by the state’s traditional monopoly power companies to persuade lawmakers to scrap competitive markets and return to a fully regulated system could run afoul of an important political player — voters. A telephone survey conducted in January by Fallon Research and Communications, of Columbus and Washington, D.C., found […]

2016 Year in Review
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2016 Year in Review

Coal and Energy Our efforts since the 2014 “freeze” on Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards ramped up this year in anticipation of December 31. If legislators failed to pass a reasonable alternative to the original standards, they were set to be reinstated at year’s end. Ohio Citizen Action […]

FirstEnergy may ask Ohio lawmakers to create new regulations awarding "zero emission credits," or ZERCs, to its nuclear power plants, Davis-Besse east of Toledo and Perry east of Cleveland, in recognition that they do not contribute to air pollution.
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Ohio electric deregulation on the chopping block?

CLEVELAND — “The big power plants that FirstEnergy and Columbus-based American Electric Power have operated for decades just cannot make electricity as cheaply — or as profitably —  as the new gas turbines, and at times, wind farms. The companies have been looking for a way to escape the perils […]

Consumer groups maintain rate increase cases and power purchase agreements filed by the utilities are muddying the waters of Ohio's energy market.
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FirstEnergy, American Electric Power to approach renewable energy differently

CLEVELAND — “Now that Ohio’s renewable energy standards have snapped back in place by virtue of Gov. John Kasich’s veto of Substitute House Bill 554, FirstEnergy Corp. of Akron will be required to boost the percentage of renewable energy it distributes to retail customers. A freeze of the mandates in […]

2016 Year In Review – Energy Issues
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2016 Year In Review – Energy Issues

COLUMBUS — “Ohio has a big coal industry, but also has a lot of land for wind energy development. And state officials seems to be floating in the middle as far as energy policy goes. The energy issue pulled the state in two different directions. Two of the state’s biggest […]

Wind turbines generate electricity on a farm straddling Paulding and Van Wert counties in northwest Ohio.
AEP / FirstEnergy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Kasich vetoes bill that would have made renewable energy voluntary, opens the door to comprehensive energy reform

COLUMBUS — “Kasich had repeatedly pledged during his presidential bid that Ohio would support wind and solar, that he would not allow more conservative lawmakers to extend the two-year freeze, and that making the standards voluntary was unacceptable. In his message to lawmakers accompanying the veto, Kasich wrote that HB […]

The first vote today followed a 14-minute appeal Kasich made from the House dais at the start of the session. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, a Republican from Clarksville, said he invited the governor.
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Kasich vetoes bill delaying renewable energy mandates

COLUMBUS — “Gov. John Kasich today made good on his threat to veto a legislative effort to again delay enforcement of Ohio’s requirement that utilities find more of their electricity from renewable sources. …By 2027, FirstEnergy, American Electric Power, and other utilities must find 12.5 percent of their power from […]

FirstEnergy headquarters in Akron.
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Newsmaker of the Year: FirstEnergy

CLEVELAND — “Whoever said that electric utility regulation is boring wasn’t anticipating the year that FirstEnergy just had. True, in real time it might have been less than engrossing to anyone who is not an energy wonk. But, taken as a whole, FirstEnergy had a big-stakes year that went back […]

Davis-Besse welcomes any Trump aid
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Davis-Besse welcomes any Trump aid

OAK HARBOR — “News reports circulated Friday that President-elect Donald Trump’s advisers are seeking help from the U.S. Department of Energy on ways they might stave off more premature closures of nuclear plants struggling because of intense competition from natural gas and renewable energy. The move comes one day after […]

Northeast Ohio consumers to get more clean energy under new aggregation deal
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Northeast Ohio consumers to get more clean energy under new aggregation deal

CLEVELAND — “A new deal for roughly half a million ratepayers in Northeast Ohio will provide more clean energy in the wake of FirstEnergy’s decision to back out of a community aggregation agreement. Starting in January, the new arrangement between the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council and NextEra Ohio Services calls […]