Post Tagged with: "PUCO"

Jessica Smith-Szabo, staff director for Ohio Citizen Action, addresses the crowd in Columbus at a rally protesting FirstEnergy’s utility bailout request in April 2015.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy filing could delay court ruling in ‘bailout’ case

COLUMBUS — “Despite a big win from Ohio regulators last month, FirstEnergy has filed papers asking for still more review. The move could ultimately delay a court ruling on a $200 million per year charge to prop up the company’s credit rating. At issue is a ‘distribution modernization rider’ that the Public […]

The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus (Credit: Ohio Department of Development).

Increasing electric bills to bolster a utility credit rating opposed

CLEVELAND — “A proposal allowing electric utilities to ask for a rate increase to keep their credit rating healthy has run into a buzz saw of opposition. The latest count is that nine organizations representing consumers, businesses both small and large and the state’s major industries are firing opposition letters […]

The more electricity regulators delay, the more customers pay
FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

The more electricity regulators delay, the more customers pay

COLUMBUS — “Remember the old ‘money booths,’ in which game show participants got to grab as many dollars as they could before the timer went off? Well, FirstEnergy’s the lucky contestant; everyday Ohioans are supplying the cash, and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is refusing to call time. […]

Rachael Belz, executive director, Ohio Citizen Action
Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

What Ohioans are saying about fixed charge hikes proposed by electric companies

Commentary from Ohio Citizen Action Executive Director Rachael Belz Who wants to talk about household bills, right? It’s not exactly the most fun topic, but for the past few months, we’ve been out in neighborhoods across Ohio knocking on doors to talk with residents about just that subject – more […]

Public hearing on AEP rate hike in Columbus
Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

Public hearing on AEP rate hike in Columbus

It isn’t fair to have to pay a lot more on your electric bill every month even if you’re not using more electricity – yet that’s exactly what AEP and other electric companies in the state want. If you’re an AEP customer, you would see your monthly fixed charge go […]

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Research & Reports / Utilities

Report raises questions about Ohio utilities’ renewable energy credits

COLUMBUS — “Shortcomings in the way that regulators report on compliance with Ohio’s clean energy standards make it difficult to determine why utilities paid average prices that were about 70 percent more for each renewable energy credit than competitive suppliers spent in 2015. The Sierra Club lodged that complaint and […]

Credit: Tom Knox

Kasich fills two open seats on PUCO

COLUMBUS — “Gov. John Kasich has named a Democrat and a Republican to fill the two open seats on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. The new commissioners are Larry Friedeman, a Democrat, of Waterville in Lucas County, and Daniel Conway, a Republican, of Upper Arlington. Both men have long […]

2016 Year in Review
Dayton Power & Light / Energy / FirstEnergy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Ohio Citizen Action / Renewable Energy

2016 Year in Review

Coal and Energy Our efforts since the 2014 “freeze” on Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards ramped up this year in anticipation of December 31. If legislators failed to pass a reasonable alternative to the original standards, they were set to be reinstated at year’s end. Ohio Citizen Action […]

DP&L criticized for bonuses, expenses paid from customer revenue
Dayton Power & Light

DP&L criticized for bonuses, expenses paid from customer revenue

DAYTON — “Dayton Power and Light has been criticized for paying employee bonuses and even having ‘meals, snacks and drinks’ during employee meetings with money that Public Utilities Commission of Ohio staff said came from revenue generated from riders or bills charged to customers. ‘(PUCO) staff believes that having meetings […]

Lynn Slaby, PUCO

Lynn Slaby will not seek another term at the PUCO

COLUMBUS — “Lynn Slaby will not seek another five-year term on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, meaning the face of the regulatory agency will soon be drastically different. Slaby told Ohio Gov. John Kasich of his decision in a letter on Monday. His choice means there will be two […]