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Small Business & Consumer Groups Rollout Campaign to Expose FirstEnergy
Small Business Majority, Moms Clean Air Force, and the Ohio Environmental Council officially launch “Stop FirstEnergy Hikes,” a campaign focused on engaging and educating Ohio small businesses and the public about FirstEnergy’s attempts to undermine Ohio ratepayers.
FirstEnergy Solutions, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy, is currently soliciting new customers across Ohio while simultaneously lobbying at the Ohio Statehouse to repeal the state’s energy efficiency laws, which are helping customers save money and lowering harmful emissions.
State Cancels Deal that Would Have Destroyed Rare Wetland
The Ohio Environmental Council is applauding the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) decision on May 2 to terminate its contract with a private developer to swap the Sawmill Wetlands - a rare, forested, urban wetland in Columbus - for a larger but ecologically inferior tract of land.
FIGHT OVER CLEAN ENERGY HEATING UP
State Senator Bill Seitz, who is the Chairman of the Ohio Senate Public Utilities Committee, is aggressively conducting a full "review" (Ohio Senate Bill 58) of both the renewable portfolio standard and energy efficiency standard.
While no policy changes are yet proposed, the Ohio Environmental Council is very concerned that this review will result in a weakening of the standards, which will inhibit renewable energy development and investments in energy efficiency.