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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 […]

The flaws in the utilities’ push for residential demand charges
Commentary / Utilities

The flaws in the utilities’ push for residential demand charges

WASHINGTON, DC — “To fairly evaluate the merits of demand charges, we should understand the utilities’ conundrum. Utilities must continually invest billions of dollars to ensure enough capacity to meet the demands of all customers at all times. Utilities mostly recover these investment costs, which are largely fixed, through variable […]