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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 […]

A solar array at Consolidated Electric Cooperative in Delaware. (Credit: Tom Knox/Columbus Business First)
Renewable Energy / Utilities

Ohio renewable energy bill could hurt AEP’s wind and solar projects

COLUMBUS — “A plan to scrap Ohio’s renewable energy standards could impact a Columbus utility’s plan to develop large wind and solar projects. A provision allows customers who shop for their power to not pay the utility costs it passes on from providing new power generation, including from renewables. While […]

FirstEnergy's nuclear subsidy proposal cannot be found on the company's website.
FirstEnergy / Utilities

FirstEnergy rate increase for nuclear still shadowy but opponents lining up

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy’s plan to convince Ohio lawmakers they should save the company’s nuclear reactors by funneling more money from customers to the company has still not seen the legislative light of day. But for certain, the company has shopped its proposal to key lawmakers with a full-color, professional-looking, authoritative […]

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

Natural gas industry gains steam

Coal, nuclear plants are no longer competitive in Ohio TOLEDO —  “During his address to Congress last week, President Trump repeated his campaign promises about restoring the U.S. coal industry to its former prominence. But an electronic map that can pinpoint every Ohio power plant fueled by either natural gas […]

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Energy / Utilities

Predictions 2017: 8 sector insiders on what’s next for power markets and regulation

WASHINGTON, DC — “2016 roiled the power sector as a reality TV star ascended to the nation’s highest office. Donald Trump’s election could disrupt some ongoing trends in the electrical industry, including decarbonization goals set under the Paris Climate Accord and President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. And coal generation could […]