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FirstEnergy had a rough first three quarters in 2015, but finished the year, overall strong. (Courtesy of FirstEnergy)
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Consumers’ Counsel says FE rates illegal, asks Supreme Court to toss them out

COLUMBUS — “Consumers who thought federal authorities had saved them from a FirstEnergy surcharge to subsidize two of the company’s old power plants should think again, says the state’s consumer watchdog. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel points out in an appeal it filed with the Ohio Supreme Court this week that […]

The AEP building in Columbus.
AEP / Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

Ohio utility seeks to double its fixed distribution charges

COLUMBUS— “In response to an increasing number of customers installing solar power or opting for energy efficiency measures, American Electric Power has asked Ohio regulators to increase the share of distribution charges that all its utility customers must pay, regardless of how much electricity they use. AEP Ohio has seen […]

Howard Petricoff

Kasich picks Democrat Petricoff to fill seat on PUCO

COLUMBUS — “The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio now includes a Democrat for the first time in more than a year with the appointment of Howard Petricoff to the panel. …Petricoff, 66, retired this year after more than 30 years representing private clients in cases before the PUCO. In recent […]

State regulators approved a plan to help subsidize the Davis-Besse Plant in Ottawa County and other power plants across Ohio by having customers act like investors.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy customers would pay equivalent of extra monthly electric bill for up to eight years

CLEVELAND — “Federal utility regulators appear to be the last bulwark between consumers and FirstEnergy’s efforts to make them pay more to subsidize two of its old Ohio power plants. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, several environmental groups and competing power suppliers have asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to intervene […]

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station at Oak Harbor, Ohio, would have a guaranteed buyer for all its output if the PUCO approves a FirstEnergy plan. Photo by Kathiann M. Kowalski.
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Advocates weigh in with federal regulators on FirstEnergy plan

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy has claimed that consumers would eventually come out ahead, based on its assumption that gas prices will increase significantly over the next eight years. However, a May 2016 report by the Energy Information Administration projects that natural gas prices will remain below $5 per million British thermal […]

Asim Haque, Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO)
Clean Power Plan

Ohio PUC chairman seeks balance in tackling carbon emissions

“…it’s the right thing to do” COLUMBUS — “As Ohio pursues parallel — and contrary — paths in response to U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, one central person who will help determine the state’s energy future is Asim Haque, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. But the quirky […]

Ohio court backs PUCO on pricing
Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio court backs PUCO on pricing

Effort to set energy rates detoured by FERC decision COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously upheld the method that was used by state regulators to set current rates in the service territory of Toledo Edison parent FirstEnergy Corp. The decision comes as efforts to set rates for […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Oak Harbor.
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, Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO)

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 […]

Politically connected utilities have outsized influence in Ohio: Thomas Suddes

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 […]