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Corporations are seeing big savings as the effects of the large federal tax cut take place. Now state energy regulators want to see if Ohio’s major utilities are going to pass those savings on to the ratepayers. It’s unknown whether the corporation tax cuts will result in lower electric bills.


Lawmakers are trying to decide whether the state should step in and save struggling power plants that might be on the brink of closing. As the Legislature’s top leaders gathered for a forum they were asked what’s next for these so-called bailout proposals.

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Ohio utilities are considering their next steps after federal regulators knocked down a measure that would’ve allowed subsidies for struggling power plants. There are still options from state lawmakers.

FirstEnergy utility workes repair a electric line damaged by a tree limb.
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FirstEnergy is offering to pay tuition and fees for some students to attend Stark State College, if they’re interested in working with electricity – outdoors.

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Another clash may be coming between Republican state lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich. It’s over a bill on nuclear power plants, but the issue may be more about money.

Updated at 4:58 p.m. May 18 to update the status of an Ohio bill and to add the name of a group spearheading support for it.

Just like coal companies, America's nuclear power industry is having a tough time. It faces slowing demand for electricity, and competition from cheaper natural gas and renewables. And now, touting itself as a form of clean energy, the nuclear industry is lobbying state legislatures with a controversial pitch for help.


The proposals at the Statehouse to subsidize FirstEnergy’s two nuclear plants are getting some pushback from about 40 different entities in Ohio.

The utility that owns Ohio’s two nuclear power sites say it needs to charge its customers more in order save the struggling plants. The senator who’s proposing a bill that would allow that to happen is accused of having a conflict of interest.

One of Ohio’s largest utilities is once again going to state policymakers looking for a way to get a boost for its struggling power plants. 

Ohio Regulators OK Electricity Rate Hike For FirstEnergy

Oct 13, 2016
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State regulators have approved a plan allowing FirstEnergy Corp. to impose electricity rate increases totaling $132.5 million a year plus taxes for a total of $204 million annually over the next three years.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio unanimously approved the plan Wednesday. The commission estimates a household using an average of 750 kilowatt-hours of electricity a month would see monthly bills increase $3 a month, or $36 a year.


In another sign of a struggling coal industry, one of Ohio’s major utilities is shutting down or selling five more coal units by 2020.

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In March, The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio unanimously voted to approve plans that guaranteed profits for American Electric Power and FirstEnergy. While the energy companies have promised the plans would ensure an adequate energy supply and save consumers money, critics are claiming the opposite would be true. Now, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has stopped the deal, stating that the plans require their approval. 

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Ohio utility regulators are nearing decisions on two proposed energy deals that have sparked fierce debate among consumer, business and environmental advocates.

Critics Say FirstEnergy Plans Will Cost Customers In The Long Run

May 11, 2015
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Supporters and opponents of a plan from FirstEnergy say it will cost customers more for the first three years, but that's where the agreement ends.