Enviros Concerned About DeWine's Choice For PUCO Chair

Feb 5, 2019


Some environmental groups are opposing Governor Mike DeWine's appointment of a new chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. 

They are concerned about Sam Randazzo's past opposition to renewable energy issues. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports. 

Randazzo recently retired from representing Industrial Energy Users-Ohio, with members such as Marathon Gas and McDonald’s franchises.

Heather Taylor-Miesle with the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund says Randazzo spent his career fighting against renewable energy.


Taylor-Miesle: “We need someone who’s a visionary, someone who really understands not just what Ohio’s like today but what Ohio needs to be in the future to stay competitive.”


Randazzo consistently opposed proposals that resulted in increases for ratepayers. That meant opposing renewable energy standards, but opposing a cost recovery plan for coal plants.