December 9, 2023

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO)

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.
Ohio General Assembly
Former Ohio House Speaker Householder Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R) was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday for taking bribes from FirstEnergy to pass legislation subsidizing the company’s nuclear plants.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Vistra’s Deal for Energy Harbor Runs into Opposition at FERC
Vistra Energy's deal to buy Energy Harbor ran into opposition at FERC, where parties argued it would harm Ohio's retail market and further concentrate PJM's wholesale market.
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Ohio PUC Opens 2021 Audit of OVEC Charges for Public Comment
Built by power companies for the DOD during the Cold War, Ohio Valley Electric Corp. is now part of a war fought by enviros against regulators, utilities.
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
PUCO Staff Clears AEP on June Load Sheds
Ohio regulators cleared AEP of wrongdoing in its response to storms that led to load sheds in June but said it should manage vegetation more aggressively.
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
PJM, AEP Address Ohio PUC on June Storms, Power Cuts
Powerful June storms and demand surges in central Ohio forced AEP to cut power to 150,000 customers to prevent further system damage, company executives say.
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Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Asks for Independent Probe of AEP
The Ohio Consumers' Counsel wants an independent audit, rather than a PUCO review, of AEP's decision last month to cut power after a wind storm.
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AEP Under Fire as Load Sheds Persist in Ohio
AEP Ohio customers accused the utility of racism for cutting power to poor areas of Columbus following a windstorm while continuing service to the suburbs.
FERC Accepts PJM BRA Delays
FERC approved PJM's request to delay the Base Residual Auction for the 2023/24 delivery year from Dec. 1 to Jan. 25, 2022.

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