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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 […]

FirstEnergy’s stock prices have slipped, compared to other energy and industrial companies. Courtesy IEEFA.
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Report: FirstEnergy’s coal focus ‘not a winning strategy’

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy’s effort to get Ohio consumers to subsidize noncompetitive power plants is short-sighted and won’t guarantee long-term financial health, according to a new report. That’s because FirstEnergy continues to center its business around coal, instead of adapting to competition, changing markets and newer technologies, says the report, released last week […]

Dan Sawmiller, Sierra Club
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Sierra Club: Ohio utilities’ plan to have customers subsidize coal plants ‘doesn’t hold up

COLUMBUS — “I think what we’ve got here, throughout the state, is utility companies throwing spaghetti against the wall and trying to see what will stick. None have benefits for customers. Utilities have a public campaign saying this is all about customers, volatility, economic development. It just doesn’t hold up. They’re […]

AEP's Conesville Power Plant
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AEP Ohio files for long-term PPAs for 4 coal-fired power plants

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — “Under the agreement, AEP Ohio would be entitled to the capacity, energy and ancillary service output of AEP’s ownership share of Cardinal unit 1, Conesville units 4-6, J.M. Stuart units 1-4 and W.H. Zimmer unit 1. The proposal involves about 2,700 MW of generation from the units. […]

Report: What’s Wrong With FirstEnergy
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Report: What’s Wrong With FirstEnergy

CLEVELAND — “Our report, ‘FirstEnergy: A Major Utility Seeks a Subsidized Turnaround,’ describes a company trying to fight its way out of self-inflicted straits by saddling ratepayers with higher prices and by blocking the development of alternative forms of energy. It also describes how the leadership of the company has […]

The arctic blast of last January has now blown into a common pleas courtroom in a struggle over "polar vortex" surcharges on industrial and commercial electric bills.
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Polar Vortex charges land FirstEnergy Solutions in court

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy’s insistence that commercial and industrial customers pay its ‘polar vortex’ expenses has landed the company in court. About a dozen industrial and commercial customers have filed a complaint in Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court against FirstEnergy Solutions over surcharges — ranging from nearly $9,000 to more than $290,000 […]

FirstEnergy is abolishing is energy efficiency programs for consumers and businesses, paving the way, say critics, for more expensive power to flow through transmission substations like this one in Avon Lake.
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Energy efficiency programs will end for FirstEnergy customers

AKRON — “FirstEnergy is abolishing most of its Ohio consumer and business energy efficiency programs by the end of the year — on the grounds that the elimination will lower monthly electric bills. The company will continue similar programs in Pennsylvania and in other states where FirstEnergy also operates local power […]

Energy efficiency should be “customer driven,” says FirstEnergy executive, defending the company’s efforts to dismantle state efficiency rules
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Energy efficiency should be “customer driven,” says FirstEnergy executive, defending the company’s efforts to dismantle state efficiency rules

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy is poised to amend its energy efficiency programs to allow large customers to opt out of them. The amendment, which could be filed with state regulators as early as today, would probably not affect consumers, but it is the first of a series of changes expected to […]

No solutions: Four problems FirstEnergy Solutions could not answer
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No solutions: Four problems FirstEnergy Solutions could not answer

CLEVELAND — “In 2008, contracting for third-party electric generation became a viable option for FirstEnergy-Ohio commercial and industrial customers. At the time, any customer could contract with any electric generation provider it wanted, so long as the provider was FES. Competitors to FES were few and far between. That changed […]

A new poll finds a majority of Ohio electricity customers favor renewable-energy sources and don't want to have to pay to bail out aging coal plants. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/morguefile
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Poll: Most Ohioans say “no” to coal plant bailouts

COLUMBUS — “The utility companies say the proposal would stabilize rates for customers, but Fisher and others argue it would keep electric bills higher than they should be and prevent Ohio from reducing dangerous emissions of carbon, soot, smog and mercury pollution. As they conduct door-to-door canvases educating Ohioans about […]