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Members of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio meet in March 2018. photo: PUCO
Energy / Renewable Energy

Ohio clean energy groups will seek recusals from PUCO nominee

Industry group lobbyist Sam Randazzo has represented several groups before the regulatory board COLUMBUS — “Randazzo himself raised the question of recusals when he opposed Democrat Howard Petricoff for a seat on the PUCO in 2016. Petricoff had represented wind industry clients, as well as some companies that favor a shift to […]

Credit: Tom Knox
Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio governor taps wind critic Randazzo as utility commission chair

COLUMBUS — “Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, R, on Monday, named energy attorney and lobbyist Samuel Randazzo as the new chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO), sparking criticism from renewable energy advocates and environmentalists. Randazzo, a former lobbyist for industrial energy consumers, has worked against wind development in Ohio […]

Ohioans deserve an end to PUCO shill game
Renewable Energy

Ohioans deserve an end to PUCO shill game

  Lawmakers created the PUCO Nominating Council for a reason, and understanding that reason helps to understand the current conflict-of-interest controversy surrounding PUCO nominee Sam Randazzo, a long-time former lobbyist and general counsel for Industrial Energy Users-Ohio. Ohio Citizen Action actively opposes Mr. Randazzo joining the Commission on the grounds […]

DeWine picks Columbus lawyer as new PUCO chairman, drawing praise and criticism
Renewable Energy

DeWine picks Columbus lawyer as new PUCO chairman, drawing praise and criticism

COLUMBUS — “Gov. Mike DeWine has picked a Columbus attorney with a long history in the state’s energy business to lead the the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. DeWine announced on Monday that Samuel Randazzo will be chairman of the five-member commission, replacing Asim Haque as chairman, who announced Monday he was stepping down March 1 to […]

Sarah Taylor, Windustrious Cleveland
Wind Energy

Wind advocate responds to Randazzo PUCO appointment

To Michael Hall, Governor DeWine’s Director of Policy. Dear Michael, It was very disturbing to read that Samuel Randazzo has now been appointed by Governor DeWine to Chair PUCO, just four days after his name had been submitted as a candidate for Commissioner for PUCO.  Samuel Randazzo’s totally inappropriate background for such […]

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio members meet in March 2018. Photo by PUCO.
Renewable Energy

Candidates for Ohio regulatory board vary widely on clean energy issues

A committee narrowed down a field of candidates for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to four finalists COLUMBUS — “Sam Randazzo has spent more than 25 years as general counsel for Industrial Energy Users-Ohio, an organization that has lobbied to scale back or eliminate clean energy standards in the state. The […]

A screenshot from a video of Samuel Randazzo speaking at a meeting organized by the Seneca Anti-Wind Union.
Renewable Energy

Samuel Randazzo: PUCO candidate is an opponent of renewable energy

COLUMBUS — “Samuel Randazzo, an attorney and lobbyist known for playing a leading role in political attacks on renewable energy and energy efficiency in Ohio, is the among the candidates vying for a seat on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). Randazzo is one of nine candidates who will be interviewed by the […]

Ohio utilities aren’t ready to share federal tax cut with customers
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio utilities aren’t ready to share federal tax cut with customers

COLUMBUS — “The full benefits of last year’s federal tax cuts haven’t trickled down to Ohio gas and electric bills, and if it’s up to the utilities it could be a while before that happens. Ohio utility regulators, like those in virtually every state, are deliberating on what to do with millions in tax savings […]

Consumer groups maintain rate increase cases and power purchase agreements filed by the utilities are muddying the waters of Ohio's energy market.
AEP / Dayton Power & Light / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Lower Ohio electric rates based on federal tax cut won’t be easy or quick

CLEVELAND — “Don’t plan on lower electric bills anytime soon reflecting the fat tax cut Ohio’s electric utilities are already enjoying. FirstEnergy, American Electric Power, Duke Energy and Dayton Power & Light have made it clear to the PUCO that passing on their windfall tax break from 35 percent to […]

$43 million in FirstEnergy overcharges can’t be refunded, says top court
Energy / FirstEnergy

$43 million in FirstEnergy overcharges can’t be refunded, says top court

CLEVELAND — “Consumers won’t see $5 reductions in monthly FirstEnergy electric bills as state regulators, the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel and environmental groups had hoped. The Ohio Supreme Court today ruled that FirstEnergy does not have to refund $43.4 million it collected from customers to pay for the most expensive Renewable Energy […]