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The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus (Credit: Ohio Department of Development).
Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio slashes standards protecting renewable energy, worrying some experts

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio House of Representatives voted last month to slash standards protecting renewable energy, spurring concern from local climate change experts. In order to pass House Bill 114, the Ohio House of Representatives asserted renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, no longer needed the assistance of […]

Rachael Belz executive director of Ohio Citizen Action
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

Rachael Belz: Should utilities be allowed to hike their fixed rate? No

Raising electric fees is a bad deal for Ohioans COLUMBUS — “Using more electricity means your monthly utility bill goes up. And using less means your bill goes down, right? That’s what you’d expect, but that’s not what Ohio households will experience if the state’s Public Utilities Commission goes along […]

Editorial: Reject this pitch for corporate welfare
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Editorial: Reject this pitch for corporate welfare

TOLEDO — “FirstEnergy thinks that the nuclear power created at its Davis-Besse and Perry plants is so valuable to Ohio energy customers that they should pay a 5-percent hike in their power bills to support them. In the state Senate, a bill introduced by Republicans John Eklund of Geauga County […]

AEP shifting charges to match “true cost of delivery”
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

AEP shifting charges to match “true cost of delivery”

COLUMBUS — “One of the state’s largest utility companies is proposing a change to the way they charge customers for their power. Some groups are crying foul, but AEP Ohio says other changes will offset those costs. AEP is increasing the fixed rate, or so-called customer charge, to ratepayer’s electric […]

Ohio utility bills may see increase
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

Ohio utility bills may see increase

MARIETTA — “Local utility bills for small consumers may soon see a significant upfront increase due to changes in American Electric Power Ohio’s proposed service plan. ‘If this goes through, as early as this summer customers could see a huge increase on their bills,’ said Rachael Belz, executive director of […]

Is your legislator a Clean Energy Voter?
Freeze on Clean Energy

Is your legislator a Clean Energy Voter?

How did your legislator vote on HB 554 and HB 114? If you’re not sure who your legislator is, click here to find out. HB 554: Freezes clean energy standards. Legislation Text  House and Senate voted 12/08/2016. It was vetoed by Governor John Kasich on 12/27/2016. HB 114: Clean-energy standards […]

AEP proposes increase to Customer Charge Line on electric bill
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

AEP proposes increase to Customer Charge Line on electric bill

COLUMBUS — “State energy regulators are looking over a new plan, proposed by AEP, that would allow the utility company to increase rates on customer electric bills. AEP is asking to increase a certain line item on electric bills by 120%. That ‘customer charge’ would go up about $10 more a […]

Firefighters battle a blaze and search for victims of an explosion at the BP plant that killed at least 15 people Wednesday, March 23, 2005, in Texas City, Texas. (Photo by Brett Coomer/Chronicle)     HOUCHRON CAPTION (09/17/2005) SECNEWS:  GRIM SCENE:  Fire crews battle a blaze and search for victims of the March 23 explosion that killed 15 people at the BP refinery in Texas City. Federal fines are expected soon in connection with the deadly blast.
Right-to-Know

As it faces elimination in Trump’s budget, here’s what the Chemical Safety Board does

AUSTIN, TX — “Better than most people, Katherine Rodriguez knows the value of the Chemical Safety Board, and the danger that workers, families, and communities could face if President Trump’s budget proposal to eliminate its minuscule $11 million annual budget is approved by Congress. She watched her father, Ray Gonzalez, […]

Perry Nuclear Power Plant (Credit: Jerry Sharp/Shutterstock)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Eklund makes case for nuclear subsidy plan, denies any conflict

COLUMBUS — “The utility that owns Ohio’s two nuclear power sites say it needs to charge its customers more in order save the struggling plants. The senator who’s proposing a bill that would allow that to happen is accused of having a conflict of interest. Sen. John Eklund of Chardon […]

Ohio Citizen Action  member Spencer Dennis testifying at the April 17, 2017 PUCO hearing in Columbus.
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

AEP proposes 120 percent increase to fixed fees on Ohio customers’ bills

COLUMBUS — “The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) held a public hearing in Columbus Monday on AEP Ohio’s proposal to increase the customers’ fixed fees 120 percent. The fixed charge, or ‘customer charge,’ is a portion of the electric bill consumers pay regardless what volume of electricity they use. […]