Utilities

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Renewable Energy / Utilities

Analysis: Ratepayer’s foot the bill for utilities’ push against rooftop solar

ST. PAUL, MN — “A recent story in the New York Times raised new attention to the role of the Edison Electric Institute in pushing policies hostile to distributed solar. Not mentioned in that article, however, is that ratepayers are a significant source of funding for this industry trade association. Utilities pay dues […]

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Utilities

Ohio Senate budget bill lets PUCO charge power customers higher rate to keep up utility credit ratings

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s utility regulator could consider a utility’s credit rating when establishing base rates paid by customers, an apparent nod to FirstEnergy Solutions, the unregulated subsidiary of Akron electric utility FirstEnergy Corp. ‘Ratepayers in all six (electric utility) service areas could pay higher electricity charges under this,’ according to […]

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Utilities / Wind Energy

Ohio budget amendments: another utility ‘bailout’ and a rollback of wind setbacks

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s budget bill reported out of the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday comes with an amendment that would expressly authorize extra charges to ratepayers to support utilities’ financial health. Meanwhile, another amendment would relax the tripled wind turbine setbacks that were included at the last minute in a 2014 […]

The Oregon Clean Energy Center, an 860-megawatt gas turbine power plant east of Toledo, is expected to begin commercial operations within weeks. Private developers raised the $800 million to build the plant, which will sell its power into wholesale electric markets. Oregon's developers are building a similar plant in Lordstown and are seeking permits to build a second plant at each location. Utility legislation pending before the Ohio legislature to subsidize old nuclear and coal power plants could derail those plans. (Oregon Clean Energy Center)
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy / Utilities

Electric bill increases guaranteed in Ohio if certain legislation passes

CLEVELAND — “A power struggle has erupted in the Statehouse pitting Ohio’s traditional electric utilities against new independent power producers, as well as consumer, environmental and business groups wary of rate increases. The outcome will have an impact not only on what consumers will pay for power in the future, but […]

Subsidies at issue as AEP, FirstEnergy, and Dynegy snipe at each other during debate on Ohio’s energy future
Utilities

Subsidies at issue as AEP, FirstEnergy, and Dynegy snipe at each other during debate on Ohio’s energy future

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s energy industry is facing seismic shifts and the policy fights playing out before legislators and regulators led to a lively debate among representatives of the state’s top utilities at a packed energy conference in Columbus last week. Executives from the state’s four investor-owned electric utilities and the […]

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Research & Reports / Utilities

Report raises questions about Ohio utilities’ renewable energy credits

COLUMBUS — “Shortcomings in the way that regulators report on compliance with Ohio’s clean energy standards make it difficult to determine why utilities paid average prices that were about 70 percent more for each renewable energy credit than competitive suppliers spent in 2015. The Sierra Club lodged that complaint and […]

The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, or NOPEC, has negotiated a contract with a NextEra Energy wholesale power company to supply about 500,0000 Northeast Ohio electric customers in 13 counties. NextEra, based in Florida, will replace FirstEnergy Solutions on Jan. 1. NOPEC is a consortium of more than 100 communities. (credit: Plain Dealer file)
Energy / remonopolization / Utilities

Deregulation shaved $15 billion from Ohio electric bills, lawmakers to meet Friday to re-regulate

CLEVELAND — “Consumers, businesses and industries saved $15 billion on electricity between 2011 and last year and are on course to save the same amount by 2020, the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, or NOPEC, said today. The claim is based on joint research and statistical analysis completed for NOPEC by […]

An analysis of Ohio consumer electric bills since 2009 by Ohio State University economists has found that consumers are paying higher electric bills today than they did before de-regulation. The study follows an earlier OSU-Cleveland State University study found that the auction-based standard service offer and the ability of consumers to switch to independent competitive suppliers saved on the price of power itself. But state regulators, following a change in the law in 2008, have allowed electric utilities to jack up delivery rates by adding special rate "riders," the new study has determined. (Ohio State University)
Research & Reports / Utilities

Electric bills $1 billion higher: OSU analysts urge state to require traditional utilities to sell power plants

COLUMBUS — “Ohio should require its traditional electric utilities to sell off their power plants, a team of Ohio State University analysts has concluded and is urging lawmakers to consider requiring that. ‘Our recommendation is that the state should do it [deregulation] right,’ said Noah Dormady, an energy and environmental economist […]

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Energy / Utilities

Ohio ratepayer advocate outlines legislative priorities to lawmakers

COLUMBUS — “Changes to state energy law nine years ago have ‘allowed more ways for utilities to propose rate increases for customers to pay,’ Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Bruce Weston told state lawmakers on Tuesday. Appearing before the Public Utilities Committee of the state House of Representatives, Weston proceeded to outline […]

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Energy / Utilities

Study: lack of competition to blame for Ohio electricity cost increases

COLUMBUS — “With Ohio’s energy and energy efficiency standards again under attack, a new policy paper from Ohio State University attributes the lion’s share of electricity cost increases since 2008 to utilities and provisions that insulate them from full competition. None of Ohio’s transmission and distribution utilities have moved to […]