Ohio Energy Decisions ‘at a Boiling Point’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享By Andy Chow for WOSU:Ohio’s largest energy companies are trying to figure out what they’re going to do with their coal power plants as they navigate through a vital time in the utilities industry. For the final installment of his three-part series, Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow explores the different paths those utilities can take and what that means for Ohioans who pay to keep the lights on.Many agree that the state of Ohio has reached a boiling point where the fate of coal, renewable energy and the regulatory framework itself must be decided.Businesses and energy companies think so.“It’s not on a front page it’s not something people will immediately understand, it’s geeky stuff,” said Sam Randazzo.“Quite frankly I think we’re at a crossroads,” Todd Snitchler added.Environmentalists think so.“We’re at an incredibly critical transition point,” said Dan Sawmiller.And legislators think so.“We’re at a point where all of those major issues remain undecided,” said Republican Senator Bill Seitz of Cincinnati.AEP and FirstEnergy had plans to keep their struggling coal plants afloat by adding an extra charge to customers’ electric bills. But that was essentially struck down by federal regulators.FirstEnergy is trying to find a new way to fund the plants while AEP has suggested selling off all its coal plants or try to go back to a regulated industry.Full story and audio for three part series here: http://radio.wosu.org/post/power-plant-your-electric-bill-critical-point-future-energy-ohio Ohio Energy Decisions ‘at a Boiling Point’last_img read more