Alternative energy supporters have organized a campaign against two proposed agreements that they call coal-plant bailouts.
The Alliance for Energy Choice has sent nearly 55 thousand emails to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Governor John Kasich's office and state legislators. The emails raise objections to separate proposals by Columbus-based American Electric Power and Akron-based FirstEnergy to raise customer bills to maintain the plants. The companies argue the proposals will support infrastructure improvements of value to investors and customers. Major appliance, steel and chemical companies, consumer groups and many energy-related entities are against one or both deals. The Sierra Club has parted with some other environmental groups and supports AEP's proposal.