Several hundred people gathered Tuesday night in east Columbus to protest a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
Columbus-based American Electric Power says even with above normal heat customers face little prospect of an electricity black out.
Despite more reasonable energy costs and a weak economy, the solar panel industry is booming. Homeowners could purchase solar panels at a fraction of the cost as a result of federal and state rebates.
When Ohio legislators approved a new law on electricity rates earlier this year, they declared that details would be left up to utility regulators at the Public Utilities Commission.
The Ohio House has finalized along-awaited energy plan to restructure the electricity industry and increase renewable energy investments in the state.
Ohio legislators are continuing to hear conflicting testimony about whether they should keep having state government control electricity rates. At the moment, the Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to lose its regulatory power over electric bills, starting next year. But the Ohio Senate has approved a bill bringing back government price controls and a legislative committee in the house is now looking at it.
Ohioans who are having trouble keeping up with their utility bills won’t have to worry about having their heat shut off during this cold winter.
Ohio consumer advocates have won a key battle in the legislature over controlling electricity rates, but they’re worried they may lose a second battle and the result could be soaring monthly bills for customers.
Preventing Ohioans’ monthly electric bills from soaring. That’s a major goal of a complex measure that state senators passed Wednesday. If state representatives go along with the senate action, it will reverse a move that lawmakers made eight years ago, when they voted to phase out government control of electric rates.
Ohio electric companies say Ohioans are going to have to pay higher monthly bills whether or not state legislators decide to have Ohio continue on the road toward government de-regulation. It’s the latest round in the debate over a planned move toward competition in the electricity industry.