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July 13, 2024

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AEP Ohio Asks PUCO for Data Center-specific Tariffs
AEP Ohio is asking state regulators to create new tariffs that would force data center developers to pay for 90 to 95% of their projected electrical demand for their first 10 years of operation, even if they use less.
WKRC
Scandal-ridden Former PUCO Chair Sam Randazzo Found Dead
Former PUCO Chair Sam Randazzo, who faced multiple criminal counts for taking millions in bribes from FirstEnergy, died by suicide, according to multiple news reports.
Versant Power
DOE’s Final Transformer Efficiency Rules Seek to Ensure Stable Supply Chain
The U.S. Department of Energy finalized energy efficiency standards for distribution transformers to increase grid efficiency and save $824 million annually. 
EPA
Supreme Court Skeptical of EPA’s Good Neighbor Plan
The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared inclined to pause the Biden administration’s Good Neighbor Plan, an EPA rule to limit ozone-forming nitrogen oxide emissions from power plants and industrial facilities in certain states.
RMI
RMI Report: GETs Could Speed Renewable Development, Save Consumers Billions
An RMI study about grid-enhancing technologies on the PJM grid found they could save consumers hundreds of millions of dollars a year and speed renewable development.
Energy Harbor
FERC Approves Vistra Purchase of Energy Harbor, Requires Divestment
FERC approved Vistra's purchase of Energy Harbor, which will allow Vistra to set up a new clean generation/retail firm while spinning off the combined firms' fossil plants into a separate subsidiary.
WKRC
Ex-PUCO Chair, Ex-FirstEnergy Execs Indicted in Ohio
Three former Ohio utility and regulatory officials face dozens of new charges in the House Bill 6 scandal.
Ohio House of Representatives
Ohio, Pa. Officials Examine PJM Reliability in Joint Session
Ohio and Pennsylvania lawmakers met in Columbus for a hearing on the future reliability of the PJM grid, quizzing RTO and industry insiders on the role states can have in maintaining resource adequacy.
WKRC
Former Ohio PUC Chair Charged with Bribery
Former PUCO Chair Sam Randazzo pleaded not guilty to charges that FirstEnergy paid him $4 million in bribes before his appointment to aid the utility.
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3rd Circuit Rejects Challenges to PJM MOPR, Affirms Authority over FERC Deadlocks
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld FERC's 2021 approval of PJM's tightened minimum offer price rule, which removed a requirement that resources receiving state subsidies be mitigated to their cost-based offer.

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