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EPA revises policy on power plants, fish
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EPA revises policy on power plants, fish

TOLEDO — “The Obama Administration’s long-anticipated plan to curb fish kills at power plants is up for public review, a regulatory update that could affect operations at FirstEnergy Corp.’s Bay Shore power plant in Oregon and DTE Energy’s coal-fired power plant in Monroe, among others. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, […]

How the Bayshore power plant is a massive, fish-killing machine
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How the Bayshore power plant is a massive, fish-killing machine

TOLEDO — “Catching three perch at a time was a thrill as I grew up. We filled the cooler in an hour or two. We caught the fish in Maumee Bay and far western Lake Erie. What fun it was. That was back in the mid 1950’s. Catching one good […]

Utilities’ foe faces uncertain future
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Utilities’ foe faces uncertain future

Customers’ watchdog may get 51% budget cut COLUMBUS — “Ohio utility customers might soon find out what happens when a watchdog loses its bite. Gov. John Kasich has proposed a 51 percent budget cut for the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the state’s advocate for the people who pay […]

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel prepares for budget battle
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Ohio Consumers’ Counsel prepares for budget battle

CLEVELAND — “Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander says she and her staff have saved consumers $54 million in the last two years by objecting to and paring down utility rate increases. But Gov. John Kasich says the consumers’ counsel duplicates a lot of what the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio […]

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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Children’s drawings for FirstEnergy