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The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Oak Harbor does not compete well against new gas-fired power plants, says its owner FirstEnergy. The company convinced the state's regulators to approve an arrangement in which Illuminating Co., Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison customers will pay more to now Davis-Besse turns a profit. That arrangement still faces federal scrutiny.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio regulators will consider FirstEnergy’s new customer surcharges, expect higher monthly bills

COLUMBUS — “State regulators have opened the door for another round of hearings that could give FirstEnergy a way to have customers indirectly subsidize its old uneconomic power plants. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio decided Wednesday that it would take another look at the company’s previously approved rate case set […]

Asim Haque is the new chairman of PUCO
Energy

Asim Haque is the new chairman of PUCO

COLUMBUS — “Asim Haque will replace Andre Porter as chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Gov. John Kasich appointed the attorney to the five-member commission in June 2013. His seat recently came open but Haque re-applied for the position. Haque is seen as a wonkish commissioner, someone in […]

Ohio renewable energy and efficiency standards could be frozen indefinitely
Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio renewable energy and efficiency standards could be frozen indefinitely

COLUMBUS —”The Ohio House of Representatives will consider eliminating Ohio’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards. Introduced today by Rep. Ron Amstutz, a Wooster Republican, House Bill 554 is a companion to Senate Bill 320, introduced two weeks ago by Cincinnati Republican Sen. Bill Seitz. In an interview today, Seitz […]

Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio’s renewable energy freeze to be extended 3 years under latest bill, despite Kasich’s frigid response

COLUMBUS — “A bill to freeze Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards could be introduced as soon as this week, but it’s unclear if Gov. John Kasich would sign it. Kasich made clear his discontent when a legislative committee recommended indefinitely freezing the state’s renewable and energy efficiency standards, calling […]

Politically connected utilities have outsized influence in Ohio: Thomas Suddes
Energy

Politically connected utilities have outsized influence in Ohio: Thomas Suddes

COLUMBUS — “Utilities and other corporate giants will argue, and they’re correct, that they’re big employers – “job-creators,” and all that. But they’re also big political players – and not just out of civic-mindedness. Four-term Republican Gov. James A. Rhodes is credited with the slogan, “Profit isn’t a dirty word in […]

Crews install new LED lighting in the sign at FirstEnergy's Akron headquarters. Photo By FirstEnergy / Creative Commons
Energy / FirstEnergy

Critics: New FirstEnergy ‘bailout’ plan ‘would make Houdini blush’

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy’s latest attempt to recast its Ohio plan to guarantee income for certain power plants remains fatally flawed in the eyes of challengers and other critics. Rather than let federal regulators scrutinize its proposed power purchase agreement, FirstEnergy now wants to withdraw that part of the plan, which […]

Location of Champaign County  in the state of Ohio
Freeze on Clean Energy

Champaign Co. wind farm waits as debate over renewable energy widens

CHAMPAIGN CO — “A long-stalled, controversial wind farm in Champaign County recently took a big step toward construction but a debate over the future of Ohio’s renewable energy rules could continue to slow its development. …Continuing the freeze doesn’t mean projects like the Buckeye Wind farm in Champaign County can’t […]

Sarah Batke was a Cleveland Program Director for Ohio Citizen Action from 2012 to 2014.
Clean Power Plan

Ohio must move forward with clean, renewable energy: Sarah Batke, Climate Parents

CLEVELAND — “States that choose to sit on their hands during the Clean Power Plan legal challenges will find themselves falling behind states that are embracing a clean energy future and reaping benefits like good jobs, cleaner air, and better health. The demand for low-carbon energy is growing quickly, and […]

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Ohio Citizen Action / Victory

Victory on utility bailouts

Ohio electricity customers won a huge victory April 27, when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) stepped into the debate over two controversial consumer bailouts, proposed by FirstEnergy and American Electric Power (AEP). FERC’s decision overrides previous approval by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and affirms complaints filed by […]

FirstEnergy throws a Hail Mary pass in its scheme to keep aging power plants alive

Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy throws a Hail Mary pass in its scheme to keep aging power plants alive


AKRON — “FirstEnergy plugs away in zombie-like fashion at its undying effort to make ratepayers pick up the tab on aging electricity plants whose time has passed. Despite having been delivered a major setback last week by the Federal Energy Regulator Commission, FirstEnergy is scrambling now for an end run […]