Utilities

Seitz named chairman of House Public Utilities Committee
Utilities

Seitz named chairman of House Public Utilities Committee

COLUMBUS — “Bill Seitz will have a seat at the head of the table this year when debate around the future of Ohio electric policy flares up. The Cincinnati Republican, a longtime fixture on the Statehouse energy scene, will chair the House Public Utilities Committee. Rep. Rick Carfagna, R-Genoa Township, […]

Lynn Slaby, PUCO
Utilities

Lynn Slaby will not seek another term at the PUCO

COLUMBUS — “Lynn Slaby will not seek another five-year term on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, meaning the face of the regulatory agency will soon be drastically different. Slaby told Ohio Gov. John Kasich of his decision in a letter on Monday. His choice means there will be two […]

Credit: Tom Knox
Utilities

PUCO seeking applicants for 2 open seats

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s utility regulatory body is looking to fill two open seats – one expected and another that just became available. The nominating council for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, which has five commissioners, seeks someone to fill Commissioner Lynn Slaby’s seat and another to take over for […]

AEP's Conesville Power Station Credit: Delta Whiskey, Creative Commons
AEP / Utilities

AEP Ohio rate plan excludes merchant generation

COLUMBUS — “AEP Ohio proposed a new retail rate plan that would more than triple residential customers’ fixed charges and shift more costs to customers that do not purchase their power through a competitive supplier. But the company’s request for a six-year extension of its ‘Electric Security Plan’ (ESP) lacks […]

AEP revises proposed rates to include tech features, like charging stations
AEP / Utilities

AEP revises proposed rates to include tech features, like charging stations

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power is revising an eight-year rate proposal to include new technology programs, such as electric–vehicle charging stations. A typical household would see a monthly bill increase of $1.58, the company said. This is a new version of a plan the utility submitted in May as part […]

DP&L pushes law that would let state raise rates
Energy / Utilities

DP&L pushes law that would let state raise rates

DAYTON — “Dayton Power and Light is lobbying state legislators to amend existing law that would allow the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to raise electric rates if a utility’s financial integrity is at stake. If passed, the PUCO could raise or modify rates ‘if the (PUCO) finds that the […]

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)
FirstEnergy / Utilities

NOPEC signs three-year discount power deal with NextEra Energy

SOLON — “The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, or NOPEC, has approved a three year contract with NextEra Energy Services Ohio, a subsidiary of Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources, to supply power to some 500,000 Northeast Ohio consumers and small businesses. NOPEC made this decision 10 days after current supplier FirstEnergy […]

FirstEnergy could sell or close additional boilers at its last coal-fired power plant in Ohio, the W.H. Sammis plant on the Ohio River, if it cannot persuade the state to return to regulating electric companies and setting power prices. The company's old coal and nuclear power plants cannot always make power as cheaply as new gas-fired plants, which are now dominating wholesale market prices. (credit: Plain Dealer file)
FirstEnergy / Utilities

FirstEnergy to sell or close power plants if Ohio, Pennsylvania do not return to regulated rates

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy has decided to get out of the competitive electricity business, and will sell or close its big coal and nuclear power plants within 18 months unless Ohio and Pennsylvania return to regulating them and setting prices or create a regulation-like structure for them. ‘We are not going […]

FirstEnergy, NOPEC locked in court battle; 500,000 customers will be affected
FirstEnergy / Utilities

FirstEnergy, NOPEC locked in court battle; 500,000 customers will be affected

AKRON — “The sweetheart marriage that FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. offered the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council six years ago has soured, and today NOPEC and the power supplier are at one another’s throats. The parties are battling before Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Tammy O’Brien over fallout from failed negotiations to change their […]

A Cheshire, OH resident sits on her porch to talk about the town’s buyout. Credit: Katherine Patterson/Chicken & Egg Pictures
AEP / Utilities

Documentary examines life in Cheshire after AEP buyout

CHESHIRE — “The story of a small town along the Ohio River being bought out by a large electric utility is now being told on the big screen. The documentary examines the buyout and the residents effected by pollution. The film is aptly titled ‘Cheshire, Ohio‘ and it explores what’s […]