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FILE - This undated photo provided by the Ohio Governor's Office shows Sam Randazzo, of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

DeWine Learned Of FirstEnergy Payment To Former PUCO Chair Before He Resigned

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine has made his first public comments since last week’s plea deal from FirstEnergy in the federal corruption case involving the nuclear power plant bailout law known as House Bill 6. DeWine was asked what he knew about the connection between the Akron-based utility and the person he appointed to… Read More

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Ohio Governor's Office shows Sam Randazzo, of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Group Asks Utilities Commission To Investigate Ex-Chairman

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Environmental advocacy groups have asked the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to expand an investigation into an alleged bribery scandal to include an examination of the panel’s former chairman. The Environmental Law & Policy Center and Ohio Environmental Council on Wednesday submitted a filing to the utilities commission asking to investigate… Read More

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Should State Utility Regulators Be Elected Or Selected?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The $61 million bribery scandal involving Ohio’s nuclear plant bailout law and a utility widely believed to be FirstEnergy has brought new attention to the commission that regulates utilities. The chair of the Public Utilities Commission resigned in November after an FBI raid on his home. All this has some suggesting PUCO commissioners… Read More

Sam Randazzo, former PUCO Chair, on "The State of Ohio"

Sam Randazzo Resigns As PUCO Chair To Avoid Being A ‘Distraction’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s top utilities regulations official has resigned just days after FBI agents searched his home in an early morning raid. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) announced the departure of PUCO Chair Sam Randazzo, thanking him for his service. Along with the FBI raid, FirstEnergy filed an SEC report Thursday saying former… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Deflects Questions On Public Utility Official Searched By FBI

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has deflected questions regarding an FBI search of the Columbus home of the the state’s top utility regulator. DeWine at a coronavirus briefing on Tuesday said “we’re waiting for additional information” about the search of the residence of Sam Randazzo, a longtime utility attorney and lobbyist DeWine… Read More

Solar Panels

PUCO Rejects AEP’s Solar Project Plan

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State regulators have denied AEP’s plan to charge ratepayers a fee for what would be the largest solar project in Ohio. The decision came down to whether electric customers needed the power plant in order to justify the additional cost to electric bills. AEP proposed guaranteeing the purchase of solar power from two plants in Highland County, currently in development. But the Public… Read More

Solar Panels

AEP Hopes New PUCO Chair Gives Solar Farm A “Fair Shot”

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The panel of state regulators that reviews utility rates will soon have a new leader who has a history of opposing renewable energy issues. This is causing concerns for supporters of a proposed solar farm from AEP. Sam Randazzo’s appointment to chair the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio sent up red flags to supporters of AEP’s 400 megawatt… Read More

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Groups Oppose PUCO Nominee For Past Opposition To Renewable Projects

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As Gov. Mike DeWine considers who to select as the next member of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, a coaltion of environmental groups are calling on DeWine to not select Sam Randazzo. Randazzo, who recently retired from representing Industrial Energy Users-Ohio, is one of four nominees selected by a nominating council. The environmental groups… Read More