Ohio Governor Mike DeWine faced swift criticism from consumer advocates Wednesday after he rejected the slate of candidates to replace the former top state utility regulator tainted by the 60 million dollar federal bribery investigation, and requested a new list.
A Franklin County judge has blocked the collection of electric bill fees expected to be added next year under the 1 billion dollar nuclear power plant bailout law at the center of a federal bribery probe.
A nominating council has forwarded the names of four finalists to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to fill a seat on the powerful state utilities commission to replace its chair, who resigned after an FBI search of his German Village home.
Akron-based FirstEnergy reported Thursday that some former executives improperly paid a firm tied to a future Ohio utility regulator 4 million dollars early last year to terminate “a purported consulting agreement” in place since 2013.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has ordered Akron-based FirstEnergy, tied to an alleged 60 million bribery scheme, to show whether it spent customer money on passage of the now tainted nuclear power plant bailout law.
The Ohio House committee holding hearings on a potential repeal of the state's nuclear power plant bailout law heard testimony from the leader of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, who was accused of having a conflict of interest in the case.
Ohio's consumer watchdog wants a regulatory agency to investigate whether the state's largest electric utility used customer money to fund an alleged $60 million bribery scheme involving one of Ohio's most powerful politicians.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has rejected legal arguments by the state's four electric utilities seeking to avoid returning proceeds from the federal tax cut to customers through rate reductions.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has rejected appeals of an earlier decision allowing Akron-based FirstEnergy to raise customer rates for three years to improve its electricity distribution grid.