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FirstEnergy Agrees Not To Seek Subsidy In Agreement With AG

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has announced Ohio’s largest electric utility has agreed in a settlement to forgo collection of a guaranteed profit subsidy provision in a now-tainted energy bill. Yost says the subsidy would have allowed Akron-based FirstEnergy to collect $102 million from customers in 2021. Yost’s office sued FirstEnergy in… 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

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

Governor Was Warned Of Would-be Regulator’s Ties To Utility

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine disregarded cries of alarm in early 2019 from consumer and environmental advocates, concerns echoed in a previously undisclosed last-minute plea from GOP insiders, when he was selecting the state’s top utility regulator — a man now under scrutiny as a wide-ranging bribery and corruption investigation roils Ohio. Nearly… Read More

Attorney General Dave Yost

Yost Considering Legal Action To Stall Electric Bill Hikes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Attorney General Dave Yost (R-Ohio) says he’s considering taking legal action to stall the billion dollar nuclear power plant bailout as legislators consider a possible repeal to the law that created the subsidies. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved the mechanism to be used to increase nearly every… Read More

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CORRECTION: Glouster Utility Customers Make Payments – Avoid March 23 Shutoffs

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CORRECTION: This updated version corrects a report from Monday, March 23 that indicated a shut off had occurred. The Village of Glouster stated the correct information is customers who faced shut offs paid their bills before Monday’s scheduled shut offs and no shut offs occured. GLOUSTER, Ohio (WOUB) — All customers of Glouster Water and… Read More

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CORRECTED: Glouster Water and Electric Customers Pay Bills, Avoid Shutoffs

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CORRECTION: This updated version corrects a report from Monday, March 23 that indicated a shut off had occurred. The Village of Glouster stated the correct information is customers who faced shut offs paid their bills before Monday’s scheduled shut offs and no shut offs occured. GLOUSTER, Ohio (WOUB) — All customers of Glouster Water and… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court Declares FirstEnergy’s Grid Fee Illegal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a 2017 decision by state utility regulators that allowed FirstEnergy to charge an additional fee to be spent toward modernizing the electric grid. In a 4-3 decision Wednesday, the court sided with environmental and consumer groups that had challenged the so-called distribution modernization rider to… Read More