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Ohio Consumers Power Alliance launches to elevate the under-represented consumer voice

COLUMBUS — “Today, thousands of energy consumers and ratepayers from across Ohio joined together to launch Ohio Consumers Power Alliance, a non-partisan, statewide consumer advocacy alliance focused on keeping rates low by diversifying Ohio’s energy portfolio.

“Consumers have opinions about our state’s energy but are seldom heard over the noise of utility lobbyists and industry leaders,” said Rachael Belz, Director, Ohio Consumers Power Alliance. “Our role is to be the megaphone for the voice of consumers.”

The Alliance will elevate and amplify the under-represented consumer voice in the continuing debate over Ohio’s energy future. With the upcoming introduction of energy legislation that could impact consumers’ bottom line, the Alliance is committed to providing their members with information about energy policy activity within the legislature and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and offering opportunities to share their thoughts with their elected officials and other decision-makers.

‘The Alliance is opposed to bailing out Ohio’s old, uneconomical nuclear plants by assessing a fee from every electric consumer in Ohio,’ said Belz. ‘This does not move Ohio forward.’

Organizers for the Alliance have been talking with Ohioans about the proposed legislation that would require all consumers to chip in to pay for FirstEnergy’s struggling nuclear plants.

‘Do you really think it is a good idea to ask all Ohio electricity users to pour in money like that for twenty or more years to support failing systems?’ asked Catrina K. in Stow Ohio. ‘Nuclear plants and coal plants have a negative cost return, as the monies required to maintain them is not recouped by the energy they produce.’

The Alliance will continue recruiting members from every corner of Ohio and will engage decision-makers through true grassroots activities such as letters, phone calls and visits.

‘We formed this group because for far too long the needs of the consumers have been largely ignored when it comes to energy matters,’ said Belz. ‘Decisions about energy and electric costs have been made by legislators and the special interests who are supporting those legislators It is now time for consumers to have a way to voice their opinions on these critical matters.’

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— press release, Tracy Sabetta, Ohio Consumers Energy Alliance