Post Tagged with: "PUCO"

Protests greet FirstEnergy rate request hearings
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Protests greet FirstEnergy rate request hearings

COLUMBUS — “A small group of protesters on Monday marked the start of hearings on FirstEnergy’s rate request designed to lock in a 15-year market for power generated by a pair of its subsidiary’s plants even if they don’t offer the best price for customers. The Public Utilities Commission of […]

FirstEnergy's hearing at the PUCO was a crowded affair.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Who cares about FirstEnergy’s power plan? Ohio’s manufacturers, hospitals and retailers, for starters

COLUMBUS — “Attorneys representing major companies filled the commission’s chambers. In fact, there wasn’t enough room at the tables where PUCO attorney examiners held the hearing. Some lawyers were seated in chairs away from table, among those with no direct involvement in the case. Akron-based FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) is seeking a […]

Shannon Fisk, Mary Ann Hitt and Dan Sawmiller form the Sierra Club pose in front of kiosk illustrated by Ohio Citizen Action members' letters.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy could improve power plants without direct PUCO control

COLUMBUS — “If costs soar unexpectedly in the next 15 years for FirstEnergy’s last coal-fired power plant in Ohio or its Davis-Besse nuclear plant, customers rather than the company would be stuck paying the extra bills under the utility’s proposed rate plan. And the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio would […]

Filmmakers were on hand as the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio began a public hearing Monday.
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio energy showdown begins as FirstEnergy tries to succeed where AEP failed

COLUMBUS — “Coal, and its cloudy future, is one of the reasons a state-level case like this is attracting national attention. Ohio and its power companies are tethered to coal. AEP is one of the largest coal users in the country. But much of the U.S. is turning away from […]

Ohio coal plants want regulators to keep them alive
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio coal plants want regulators to keep them alive

First Energy, a utility in Akron, is making a risky bet on the past — “Until recently, FirstEnergy, a utility in Akron, favored rate deregulation. FirstEnergy, which serves 6 million customers from western Ohio to the Jersey shore, relies on coal-fired power plants that once offered some of the cheapest […]

FirstEnergy ‘bailout’ hearing in Ohio starts Monday
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy ‘bailout’ hearing in Ohio starts Monday

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy acknowledges that customers will pay more in for the first few years, but claims that the proposed power purchase agreement (PPA) will save customers $2 billion over its 15-year term. The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel has said the plan will more likely cost ratepayers $3 […]

Whose energy security?
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Whose energy security?

TOLEDO — “For both environmental and economic reasons, FirstEnergy should be working to phase out the Sammis plant. Instead, it is asking PUCO to guarantee not only operating costs but also profits at the plant. That would increase bills for as many as 1.9 million Toledo Edison, Ohio Edison, and […]

Andre Porter
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PUCO chief: Energy’s challenges brought me back

COLUMBUS — “Porter is generally viewed by Ohio energy observers as fair and not easily pushed over – the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association described his remarks last week to Columbus Business First urging utilities to “stop scaring Ohioans” as an ‘ unusually blunt message to the utilities.’ Porter wouldn’t delve into […]

Andre Porter
Coal / Energy

‘Stop trying to scare Ohioans,’ PUCO chief tells power companies

COLUMBUS — “Andre Porter, chosen in April by Gov. John Kasich to lead the influential state agency, agreed with comments made by Ohio’s electric utility executives from Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) and Columbus’ American Electric Power Company Inc. (NYSE:AEP) that it’s important to ensure power reliability. But Porter isn’t sounding […]

FirstEnergy is about to ask Ohio lawmakers to create new regulations awarding "zero emission credits," or ZECs, to its nuclear power plants, Davis-Besse east of Toledo and Perry east of Cleveland, in recognition that they do not contribute to air pollution. The ZECs would increase customer bills. The plan is sure to be challenged in federal court because it would subsidize the nukes which are supposed to be operating in a competitive market.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

PUCO staff needs more time as FirstEnergy PPA hearing looms

COLUMBUS — “…in a filing that PUCO observers cited as odd, PUCO staff on Friday delayed testimony. Their expert opinion is one of the final steps needed before the hearings can begin. “Comes now the staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and respectfully requests that the due date […]