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Great news! The federal government is standing up to FirstEnergy and PUCO
https://www.rtoinsider.com/ferc-puco-aep-firstenergy-ppas-…/

FERC rescinded waivers it granted AEP and FirstEnergy, meaning their controversial PUCO PPAs will be subject to the commission’s affiliate abuse test.
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More proof of why we need to democratize our energy and make a just transition away from fossil fuels.
http://www.policymattersohio.org/bailout-march2016

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio today voted to allow corporate subsidies for utility giants FirstEnergy and American Electric Power that are projected to cost Ohio electric users billions of dollars over the next eight years.
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The PUCO is set to vote today on special contracts that will increase your monthly electric bills. FirstEnergy and American Electric Power want the special deals to help their old coal and nuclear plants compete against more efficient and cheaply fueled natural gas-fired power plants.
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Last minute opportunity to tell PUCO commissioners to give the public a voice on FirstEnergy's bailout settlement that was negotiated behind closed doors with PUCO staff. Tell them they have heard enough from FirstEnergy - and they should hear from us, too!
http://action.ohorganizing.org/…/speakout/puco-we-need-more…

BUILDING POWER FOR EVERYDAY OHIOANS Bringing together faith, community, and labor partners to achieve racial, social, and economic justice for all Ohioans GET INVOLVED WITH OOC SHARE WITH A FRIEND MAKE A DONATION BECOME A MEMBER RESOURCES THE LATEST FROM OOC FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA For all the lat…
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The Cleveland-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis has analyzed FirstEnergy's proposal to have customers subsidize two of its power plants and concluded the proposal is not only a bad deal for consumers but also makes no economic sense because coal and nuclear are gradually be…
cleveland.com

These assets are losing money because customers can buy cheaper power from new, cleaner renewable energy and natural gas plants. And instead of closing their outdated Ohio plants, the powerful utilities have made proposals to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to bail them out. By guaranteeing the purchase of power for the next eight years, the deals would force Ohioans to pay billions of dollars to keep the FirstEnergy and AEP plants running.

http://www.cleveland.com/…/bailouts_for_firstenergy_aep_s.h…

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio should reject bailouts for FirstEnergy and AEP, writes John Finnigan, senior regulatory attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund's U.S. Climate and Energy Program.
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The matchup is sure to be a bruiser, and both corners say they're confident they can win the huge purse represented by Northeast Ohio's future electric rates.
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It's been over a year since the PUCO visited Northeast Ohio, where people who would be affected by FirstEnergy's bailout actually live. It's time for the PUCO to come back and explain to us what is going on with this bailout proposal and be ready to take our feedback.

Please join us in requesting more public hearings by signing on to this letter.

http://action.ohorganizing.org/…/we-need-more-public-hearin…

BUILDING POWER FOR EVERYDAY OHIOANS Bringing together faith, community, and labor partners to achieve racial, social, and economic justice for all Ohioans GET INVOLVED WITH OOC SHARE WITH A FRIEND MAKE A DONATION BECOME A MEMBER RESOURCES THE LATEST FROM OOC FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA For all the lat…
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A new report says consumers would pay an extra $4 billion if regulators approve a profit guarantee for FirstEnergy, a forecast that is at odds with the company's assertion that the plan would lead to a net savings of $560 million.
http://www.dispatch.com/…/report-firstenergy-profit-guarant…

A new report says consumers would pay an extra $4 billion if regulators approve a profit guarantee for FirstEnergy, a forecast that is at odds with the company's assertion that the plan would lead to a net savings of $560 million.
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FirstEnergy and AEP Ohio competitors today launched a TV, radio and social media campaign comparing the special rate increases FirstEnergy and AEP Ohio want to a diner charging $20 for a cup of coffee because its coffee pots are old and the pizza delivery man charging $58 because his car broke down.
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If most people oppose it - the PUBLIC utilities commission should oppose the rate case, right? http://www.cleveland.com/…/ohio_voters_against_firstenerg.h…

Ohio voters are not happy with FirstEnergy and American Electric Power proposals to have consumers pay more every month to make sure their old power plants can keep operating.
cleveland.com
Researchers say fossil-fuel plants — a major contributor to climate change — are also contributing to the growing number of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie, which scientists say will likely double over the next century.
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Meissner describes higher rates today as an "insurance policy" against higher rates in future years. I don't know anyone willing to pay more now just because the seller says you might save money down the road. There are no guarantees for consumers, just guaranteed profits for FirstEnergy.

http://www.cleveland.com/…/puco_should_turn_down_back-roo.h…

Experts say consumers will pay more – as much as $800 more each, on average, over the next eight years, according to the Ohio Consumers' Counsel -- if FirstEnergy's Power Purchase Agreement is approved by state regulators, writes Chris Greulich.
cleveland.com
From afar, FirstEnergy makes more easily the villain. Up close, it gets more complicated, those of us in Akron, especially, aware of the many civic endeavors the power company supports, not to mention its 2,500 employees in Summit County, many at the headquarters downtown.
ohio.com
The eight-year FirstEnergy deal would add $3 billion to power bills and cost a typical household an extra $100 a year, says the Consumers' Counsel and the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council.
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The governing board of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel has concluded the state's efforts to reform power company regulations eight years ago has failed and the state's electric utilities are in a "death spiral" fighting competitors and new technologies. The board wants lawmakers to take another look.
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Independent Houston-based power company Dynegy, which owns 10 power plants in Ohio, says it can supply electricity to FirstEnergy and American Electric Power customers for less money than the rate increases FE and AEP are seeking to subsidize their aging power plans. Or, Dynegy would use that rate i…
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