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Why FirstEnergy Corp. wants you to use compact fluorescent light bulbs
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Why FirstEnergy Corp. wants you to use compact fluorescent light bulbs

AKRON — “On Wednesday, FirstEnergy got state approval for a three-year program to help customers reduce electricity use. The program is voluntary. FirstEnergy is offering to mail up to six compact fluorescent light bulbs to consumers who want them. All FirstEnergy customers, even those who don’t want the bulbs or […]

State regulators approve FirstEnergy’s CFL light bulbs as part of comprehensive energy efficiency plan
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State regulators approve FirstEnergy’s CFL light bulbs as part of comprehensive energy efficiency plan

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy Corp’s compact fluorescent light bulbs are back. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on Wednesday unanimously approved a redesigned version of FirstEnergy’s disastrous 2009 light bulb campaign, a plan so rejected by the public that then-Gov. Ted Strickland asked it be discontinued. The new plan makes available […]

Less spending but no savings?
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Less spending but no savings?

LIMA — “In the case of the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the fee customers pay is so small — less than $1 a year per utility — that advocates say it isn’t noticeable. Uh huh. Just like increasing the sales tax is so small that no one would notice. […]

Advocate for the customer
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Advocate for the customer

The office of the consumers’ counsel delivers a bargain for Ohio AKRON — “Looking for an example of John Kasich going too far in his budget-cutting? Consider the plight of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the governor calling for a 50 percent reduction in the office, from the current $8.5 million […]

FirstEnergy CEO Anthony Alexander responds to letter from Ohio Citizen Action’s Stephen Gabor
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FirstEnergy CEO Anthony Alexander responds to letter from Ohio Citizen Action’s Stephen Gabor

Read Stephen Gabor’s letter to Anthony Alexander

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Scientist group spotlights safety issues at Davis-Besse
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Scientist group spotlights safety issues at Davis-Besse

CARROLL TOWNSHIP — “A nonprofit science organization has handed Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station an unfortunate distinction as one of 13 nuclear facilities in the U.S. involved in significant “near-misses” last year. The Union of Concerned Scientists released its first report on safety performances at U.S nuclear power plants, focusing also […]

FirstEnergy skeptical about proposed mercury rules
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FirstEnergy skeptical about proposed mercury rules

MORGANTOWN, WV — “FirstEnergy is skeptical about proposed federal rules to regulate mercury emissions from power plants, a spokesman for the utility said. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules last week that would for the first time regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants, including limiting mercury, lead, arsenic and acid […]

Kasich’s budget would cut 95% of clean-coal agency
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Kasich’s budget would cut 95% of clean-coal agency

Office pays for coal scrubbers, research COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority boasted in a special anniversary report in August that it had been ‘clearing the air for 40 years.’ For an agency that has spent millions of dollars on ‘clean coal’ research and helped power companies and […]

Muzzling a watchdog
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Muzzling a watchdog

TOLEDO — “Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to gut the operating budget of Ohio’s consumer advocate for utility issues seems aimed less at achieving necessary economies than rewarding interests that supported his campaign. It shouldn’t happen. The proposal in the governor’s budget to cut funding for the Office of the Ohio […]