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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 […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear plant on Lake Erie east of Toledo.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Existing cracks in Davis-Besse’s shield building grew

Cracks monitored since September CARROLL TWP — “Cracks in Davis-Besse’s shield building from 2011 grew. First Energy, operator of Davis-Besse, found in September that eight cracks in three locations of the plant’s shield building had grown. In a July 3 letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Davis-Besse reported the cracks […]

Stand up to Duke Energy – Attend a public hearing to stop the bailout
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Stand up to Duke Energy – Attend a public hearing to stop the bailout

Duke Energy, along with Ohio’s other electric utilities, are trying right now behind the scenes to bailout a number of Ohio’s oldest, dirtiest, and least economic coal plants.  What’s worse, they want you and I to pay for it. It’s not right. It’s not fair.  And even if you’re not […]

What’s the problem?
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What’s the problem?

Ohio is at a crossroads about the future of energy use in our state. As ratepayers we need to speak out now. Three of Ohio’s four largest utilities — companies that rarely agree on anything — are teaming up in an attempt to dial back on deregulation. Stop the bailout […]

The ArcelorMittal Steel plant in Cleveland, where officials recently self-reported a green-energy shortfall and voluntarily paid a fine to state regulators. (Plain Dealer Files)
Energy / FirstEnergy

More reasons why FirstEnergy should disclose its energy-efficiency data: editorial

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy does share its data inside the collaborative meetings; what it wants kept sealed are the lips of collaborative attendees when they’re outside those periodic gatherings. The Ohio Environmental Council and the Environmental Law and Policy Center oppose FirstEnergy’s request and are asking the PUCO to let the information […]

FirstEnergy Corp. wants its customers to guarantee profitability of its largest coal-fired power plant in Ohio for the next 15 years. The company argues that after the first three years, Sammis would actually make money for customers because wholesale prices would increase. Critics disagree.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Plans to make you pay more to keep coal-fired power plants running is a ‘bailout,’ and other key findings of new poll

COLUMBUS — “Ohioans want more renewable energy and strongly oppose rate increases to help old, coal-fired power plants continue to operate, a new survey has found. The Sierra Club and Public Citizen, a consumer group, commissioned the random telephone survey of 526 people served either by American Electric Power of […]

FirstEnergy Corp.'s unregulated subsidiary, FirstEnergy Solutions, is retreating from retail sales and returning to generating and selling power wholesale into the regional grid. FES won't be missed, say its competitors, who saw its low fixed-price contracts as unsustainable.
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy’s free-wheeling retail company offered fixed rates that ruined the market, frustrated competitors

AKRON — “About 70 FirstEnergy Solutions sales and sales-support positions will be cut next week, leaving the company’s commercial and industrial customers scratching their heads, and competitors scrambling to grab new customers as their contracts with the Akron-based company run out. Competitors — about 30 of them in Ohio alone — […]