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Ohio activist group’s name is too similar to industry-backed group

COLUMBUS — “The Consumer Energy Alliance, a Houston-based group whose members include the nuclear industry’s trade association, fossil-fuel companies and manufacturing groups, said in a release Tuesday that it sent the letter after receiving ‘an unprecedented amount of inquiries regarding its relationship to the new organization.’

‘[The] use of the CEA name has quickly resulted in confusion among the public and elected officials,’ the release stated.

Ohio Citizen Action, the advocacy group that rolled out the Ohio Consumers Energy Alliance last week, is changing the alliance’s name to the Ohio Consumers Power Alliance, said Rachael Belz, executive director of Ohio Citizen Action.

‘It’s too bad,’ Belz said in an interview. ‘However, the project is moving forward.’

Belz added that the goal of the newly renamed alliance is still to ‘engage real Ohio consumers,’ while the Consumer Energy Alliance is ‘an industry front group.'”

— Jeremy Pelzer, 

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