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Ohio and Illinois to lose 7 coal-fired plants over next 7 years

Vistra Energy has announced that from 2022 to 2027, they will be closing 2 coal plants in Ohio and another 5 in Illinois. This decision is part of the company’s plan to reduce its carbon footprint. In an effort to transition to clean power sources, Vistra also included in its plan an $850 million investment … Read more

FirstEnergy asks Ohio court to reconsider power grid fee

By: TimesUnion.com | FirstEnergy has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to reconsider its decision disallowing the company to charge customers an additional power grid modernization fee that state utility regulators approved. In a motion Monday, the company sought to continue to charge the so-called distribution modernization rider sanctioned by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. … Read more

Ohio Supreme Court declares FirstEnergy’s grid fee illegal

By: Julie Carr Smyth | Ohio utility regulators erred in granting FirstEnergy permission to charge customers an additional fee for grid modernization without imposing any requirements on use of the money, a divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. In a 4-3 decision, justices sided with environmental and consumer groups that had challenged the Public Utilities … Read more

Ohio regulator approves two solar-powered facilities

By: Kallanish Energy | The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved construction on two solar-powered electric-generating facilities: one in Hardin County and one in Highland County, Kallansh Energy reports. Hardin Solar Energy Center II in northwest Ohio will be capable of generating up to 170 megawatts. It will include a lithium-ion battery storage system with … Read more

Ohio consumers could pay $300M through electric bill fees under new plan

By: Laura A. Bischoff | Ohio consumers would pay $300 million through new fees in their electric bills to create a new pot of state money — more than half of which could go to bailout two nuclear power plants along Lake Erie. At a Friday press conference, Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, detailed … Read more

PUCO rate authority challenged in court case

By: Larry Limpf | The Ohio Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case involving the role of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in setting rate policy for FirstEnergy Corp. and its subsidiaries. At issue is the approval by the PUCO of what is called a distribution modernization rider for three FirstEnergy companies, … Read more

PUCO orders utilities to cut rates after tax cut

By: Thomas Gnau | The Ohio body regulating utilities is directing those utilities to lower rates in light of last year’s federal corporate income tax cut — a process several utilities have already started. “The PUCO (Public Utilities Commission of Ohio) warned of penalties for utilities that fail to initiate the process for rate reductions,” … Read more