Post Tagged with: "Ohio Consumers’ Counsel"

Consumer voice stilled
Coal / Energy

Consumer voice stilled

TOLEDO — “Sandy Buchanan, executive director of the consumer advocacy group Ohio Citizen Action, noted that Ms. Migden-Ostrander announced her resignation on the same day this week that Mr. Kasich opened his conference on energy and the state’s economy. The governor’s supporters, she says, have not come to grips with […]

Gutting Consumers’ Counsel will cost Ohioans in long run
Energy

Gutting Consumers’ Counsel will cost Ohioans in long run

YOUNGSTOWN — “Everybody wants to cut the cost of government, but what Gov. John Kasich and the General Assembly did to the budget of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel is even worse than penny wise and pound foolish. Look at the numbers compiled by Consumers’ Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander for the last […]

Citizen Action challenges Consumers’ Counsel Governing Board
Energy

Citizen Action challenges Consumers’ Counsel Governing Board

CLEVELAND – Ohio Citizen Action Executive Director Sandy Buchanan today wrote the members of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Governing Board in Columbus. The full text follows: September 22, 2011 Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Governing Board John Moliterno, Jerome Solove, Harold Casell, Gene Krebs, Dorothy Leslie, Joe Logan, Anthony Peto, Michael Watkins, […]

Consumers Counsel resigns, says she doesn’t like Kasich’s bus
Energy

Consumers Counsel resigns, says she doesn’t like Kasich’s bus

COLUMBUS — “‘Last January, the governor issued an ultimatum to the citizens of Ohio to either get on his bus or be run over by it. At the beginning of his administration, I tried to get on that bus but the doors were locked to the OCC and the 4.5 […]

Migden-Ostrander’s resignation statement
Energy

Migden-Ostrander’s resignation statement

COLUMBUS  — “The reductions in staffing to fight utility rate increases, the loss of the call center and drastic reduction to our outreach and education staff to help all citizens, was a travesty. The dismantling of our call center without any review of its effectiveness and efficiency was just wrong. Every day since July, […]

Bulletin: Janine Migden-Ostrander resigns post as Ohio Consumers’ Counsel
Energy

Bulletin: Janine Migden-Ostrander resigns post as Ohio Consumers’ Counsel

COLUMBUS — “Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander this morning tendered her resignation to the Office’s governing board, effective October 15.  Her decision followed the passage of the new State biennial budget, which slashed her Office funds from $8.5 million a year to $4.1 million. She said that upon her departure, […]

Consumers’ counsel in Kasich’s crosshairs
Energy

Consumers’ counsel in Kasich’s crosshairs

COLUMBUS — “As of July 15, the average bill an Ohio residential ratepayer faced (in eight major Ohio cities) for 750 kilowatt hours of electricity was $99.17, according to Public Utilities Commission of Ohio survey data. In Cleveland, the price for 750 kwh was $98.35; in Akron, $99.38; in Columbus, […]

Consumer unit slashes its staff
Energy

Consumer unit slashes its staff

COLUMBUS — “The effects of the new state budget have only begun to be felt at the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel. Having had its funding slashed, the state agency that looks out for Ohio utility customers already has laid off 30 employees and will dramatically reduce its advocacy […]

What Ohioans want
Energy

What Ohioans want

TOLEDO — “As the budget caters to business, it did not need to muzzle the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, which advocates utility ratepayers’ interests. . . . if you don’t share the regressive vision of Ohio’s future that Governor Kasich and GOP lawmakers have summarized in the budget, […]

Ohio utilities finally make an investment that pays off
Energy

Ohio utilities finally make an investment that pays off

“I am only a servant, a public servant. I report to the people. I do not report to special interests under any circumstances.” — Ohio Governor John Kasich, Inaugural Address, January 10, 2011 COLUMBUS — Ohio utilities, known for their poor investment decisions, are about to get a whopping return […]