In the News:
Akron Beacon Journal, Betty Lin-Fisher, Sierra Club's billboards target FirstEnergy Corp.
"The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the state’s residential utility advocate...Spokesman Marty Berkowitz said...'we are hoping in the future that FirstEnergy will place a much greater emphasis on using energy efficiency to limit increases in its customers’ electric rates. And we have been making recommendations to the PUCO to seek a better outcome for customers in the future.'"
Toledo Blade, Editorial, Heat is on Congress
"Both national security and price stability will require the country to develop a broader energy mix, including greater reliance on renewable sources. That in, turn, will require the next Congress to get serious about climate change."
Toledo Blade, Editorial, Keep energy efficiency first
"Lawmakers should reject any proposal that would dismantle the state’s energy-efficiency requirement."
Akron Beacon Journal, John W. Grabner, Tax Credit means Ohio jobs
"If Congress fails to act this session, investment in wind projects would drop 65 percent, from $15.6 billion in 2012 to $5.5 billion in 2013, and the industry would have to lay off nearly half of its work force — some 37,000 people — next year..."
Youngstown Vindicator, Jamison Cocklin, Ohio in top 10 for clean-energy jobs
"The Buckeye State ranked sixth in terms of the clean-energy projects announced and the jobs that come with them."
Cleveland Plain Dealer, John Funk, Audit finds FirstEnergy overpaid for renewable energy credits, passed on expenses to customers
"The auditors called FirstEnergy's decisions "seriously flawed." They recommended that the PUCO consider not allowing the companies to pass on the "excessive costs," a move the company said it would challenge."
Cleveland Plain Dealer, John Funk, May 18, 2012, FirstEnergy will spend $1 billion on high-voltage transmission lines and substations
"When the upgrades are complete, the majority of the cost will be passed on to FirstEnergy's 2.1 million customers in Ohio over a 30- to 40-year period...:"
March 20, 2013: Public Utilities Commission Approves FirstEnergy Efficiency Programs
February 22, 2013: Sierra Club joins State Reps. in Demanding Answers from PUCO Chairman Snitchler
January 30, 2013: Sierra Club Statement on FirstEnergy ESP decision
November 07, 2012: FirstEnergy: First at Wasting Energy
Ocotober 22, 2012: FirstEnergy Customers Demand Accountability
June 12, 2012: PUCO Public Input Concludes on FirstEnergy Case
Ohio Beyond Coal: FirstEnergy: First at wasting energy
Sierra Club's Clean Energy Blog: Compass
NRDC, Dlyan Sullivan: FirstEnergy's Pending Energy Efficiency Plan Leaves $180 million on the Table