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FirstEnergy seeks changes to PUCO-approved plan to subsidize older power plants

AKRON — “Less than a month after the approval, on April 27, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission put the brakes on the deal. It rescinded waivers it had previously extended to FirstEnergy, which allowed the company to engage in transactions to purchase power from its own affiliates. FERC said it […]

Toxic chemicals on rise in Lake Erie fish, scientists say
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Toxic chemicals on rise in Lake Erie fish, scientists say

BUFFALO, NY —”Flame-retardant chemicals could show up in greater concentrations in Lake Erie’s small-mouth bass, and scientists say an invasive species could be to blame. Researchers at the State University of New York-Buffalo found that concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, are likely to increase by nearly 50 percent […]

FirstEnergy defends rate plan ahead of pending state ruling
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FirstEnergy defends rate plan ahead of pending state ruling

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs Bill Ridmann said their independent review showed customers’ bills will initially increase a few dollars a month, but will eventually drop, for an eight year savings of about $560 million. But a report from the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council claimed customers […]

Carl Evert Jr.
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Carl Evert Jr. 1923 – 2016

CINCINNATI — It is with deep sadness that Ohio Citizen Action mourns the passing of Carl Evert, Jr.  on Thursday, March 18th.  Carl was a devoted husband of 66 years, father, professor of electrical engineering, consultant, staunch environmentalist and tireless neighborhood and city improvements advocate. We recognized Dr. Carl and […]

2015 year end fundraiser smashes goal
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2015 year end fundraiser smashes goal

CLEVELAND- – Thanks to the support of hundreds of Ohioans we raised $24,472 during our year-end appeal, smashing our goal of $20,000. We will put these contributions to good use in 2016 fighting to: stop the consumer bailout of coal and nuclear plants that might otherwise close; reinstate energy efficiency […]

Mr. Kasich’s leadership
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Mr. Kasich’s leadership

TOLEDO — “Northwest Ohioans do not need to be reminded that a harmful algae bloom in western Lake Erie generated a toxin that poisoned Toledo’s water supply for three days in the summer of 2014, depriving nearly 500,000 consumers of their usual source of drinking water. A new study by […]

A tiny tree frog provides clues to environmental changes that threaten all amphibians
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A tiny tree frog provides clues to environmental changes that threaten all amphibians

CLEVELAND — “The declining state of amphibians in a world of climate change, pollution and shrinking habitats has been widely documented. But some species of frogs and salamanders are faring worse than others. One of the most threatened species is the Blanchard’s cricket frog, a tiny tree frog of ponds […]

FirstEnergy profit guarantee would be 8 years under new proposed settlement
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FirstEnergy profit guarantee would be 8 years under new proposed settlement

Litigation ahead for plan that critics call ‘coal bailout’ COLUMBUS — “A newly disclosed settlement proposal in a long-running FirstEnergy says the company would receive an eight-year profit guarantee for certain Ohio power plants. The Akron-based utility reached the agreement with the Public Utilities of Ohio staff and more than […]

Help us raise $20K by December 31
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Help us raise $20K by December 31

As your member-supported government and industry watchdog, we rely on you to help us fight for a cleaner, safer energy future. So far we have raised $ towards our $ target! Please help us meet or beat our goal of $20,000 by December 31.  Please make your tax-deductible contribution to  […]

FirstEnergy shopping early Black Friday deal at the PUCO, you’ll pay more
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FirstEnergy shopping early Black Friday deal at the PUCO, you’ll pay more

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy has been doing some serious early Black Friday shopping, squeezing a deal out of state regulators to have customers pay hundreds of millions of dollars extra over the next eight years to subsidize two of its Ohio power plants that cannot compete with natural gas-fired plants. Company […]