Rachael Belz: Should utilities be allowed to hike their fixed rate? No Rachael Belz executive director of Ohio Citizen Action
AEP proposes 120 percent increase to fixed fees on Ohio customers’ bills Ohio Citizen Action  member Spencer Dennis testifying at the April 17, 2017 PUCO hearing in Columbus.
AEP proposing a rate increase for Ohio residents AEP is proposing to increase their fixed rate from $8.40 a month to $18.40 a month. (WSYX/WTTE)
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Ohio's Clean Energy Future Ohio’s energy future: No time to waste

Ohio’s energy future: No time to waste

For years Ohio’s lack of a comprehensive, long-term energy policy has harmed our economy and our health by continuing our reliance on burning coal for electricity. Now we finally have a chance to move forward. During a 2-year legislative “freeze” on our energy efficiency and renewable energy progress, utility companies […]

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Looking for more than just a job?

  You’ll find it at Ohio Citizen Action. This is the chance to roll up your sleeves and make a difference. You’ll get to know the environmental issues and the people they affect in our area. Here, you can really put your values into action by earning a living and […]

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Your contribution helps us win

Your donations provide support for research, community organizing, and lobbying for campaigns including giving Ohioans the right-to-know and the right to say no about hydrofracking in our state, moving Ohio away from its reliance on dirty coal-fired power plants, and “good neighbor campaigns” in which neighbors of polluting facilities have […]

Victory Clean air victory!

Clean air victory!

Today we learned we have won our lawsuit against U.S. EPA for failure to update air pollution limits within an eight-year timeframe, as required by the federal Clean Air Act. We sued on behalf of two members and many other Ohio communities suffering from toxic air emissions from facilities including […]

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Today’s energy jobs are in solar, not coal
Coal / Energy

Today’s energy jobs are in solar, not coal

NEW YORK, NY – “President Trump has promised to revive the coal industry and double down on fossil fuels, creating “so many energy jobs,” but he has not focused on the increasingly important role of renewable power in America’s energy economy. Last year, the solar industry employed many more Americans […]

Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station cooling tower in July 2015 (Credit: Gregory Varnum, Creative Commons).
Energy / FirstEnergy

Exelon-style nuke bailouts threaten wind, solar

NEW YORK, NY — “The push to save U.S. nuclear plants for the sake of fighting climate change is threatening support for the bread and butter of clean power: wind and solar. New York and Illinois have already approved as much as $10 billion in subsidies to keep struggling reactors […]

Rosemary Roe – Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund Board member
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Rosemary Roe – Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund Board member

Rosemary Roe brings a wealth of non-profit experience and a deep understanding of how food and agriculture issues impact the economy and quality of life of rural Ohioans. In her role as Special Projects Coordinator for the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, she met Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund board […]

The Bruce Mansfield coal power plant can be seen through the windows of the Robert Dean Moore, a towboat with the Murray American River Towing, on the Ohio River on October 7, 2015 (credit: Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).
FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy awaits judgement that may hasten bankruptcy

PITTSBURGH, PA — “As FirstEnergy Corp., one of the largest electric utility companies in the U.S., is barreling toward a verdict on what to do about its money-losing power plant subsidiaries, a dispute with a couple of railroads may force the company’s hand. A decision in one of several contract […]

The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus (Credit: Ohio Department of Development).
Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio slashes standards protecting renewable energy, worrying some experts

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio House of Representatives voted last month to slash standards protecting renewable energy, spurring concern from local climate change experts. In order to pass House Bill 114, the Ohio House of Representatives asserted renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, no longer needed the assistance of […]

Rachael Belz executive director of Ohio Citizen Action
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

Rachael Belz: Should utilities be allowed to hike their fixed rate? No

Raising electric fees is a bad deal for Ohioans COLUMBUS — “Using more electricity means your monthly utility bill goes up. And using less means your bill goes down, right? That’s what you’d expect, but that’s not what Ohio households will experience if the state’s Public Utilities Commission goes along […]

Editorial: Reject this pitch for corporate welfare
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Editorial: Reject this pitch for corporate welfare

TOLEDO — “FirstEnergy thinks that the nuclear power created at its Davis-Besse and Perry plants is so valuable to Ohio energy customers that they should pay a 5-percent hike in their power bills to support them. In the state Senate, a bill introduced by Republicans John Eklund of Geauga County […]

AEP shifting charges to match “true cost of delivery”
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

AEP shifting charges to match “true cost of delivery”

COLUMBUS — “One of the state’s largest utility companies is proposing a change to the way they charge customers for their power. Some groups are crying foul, but AEP Ohio says other changes will offset those costs. AEP is increasing the fixed rate, or so-called customer charge, to ratepayer’s electric […]

Ohio utility bills may see increase
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

Ohio utility bills may see increase

MARIETTA — “Local utility bills for small consumers may soon see a significant upfront increase due to changes in American Electric Power Ohio’s proposed service plan. ‘If this goes through, as early as this summer customers could see a huge increase on their bills,’ said Rachael Belz, executive director of […]

Is your legislator a Clean Energy Voter?
Freeze on Clean Energy

Is your legislator a Clean Energy Voter?

How did your legislator vote on HB 554 and HB 114? If you’re not sure who your legislator is, click here to find out. HB 554: Freezes clean energy standards. Legislation Text  House and Senate voted 12/08/2016. It was vetoed by Governor John Kasich on 12/27/2016. HB 114: Clean-energy standards […]