Remember when Ohio voted to freeze its energy efficiency and renewable standards earlier this year? The predicted effect of this law on efficiency programs is beginning to be realized. FirstEnergy, an electric utility in Ohio, is ending a number of its efficiency programs this year. Even though a majority of programs will not be available, customers will still be paying more on their utility bills through delivery rate increases. FirstEnergy will also get to collect bonuses if they meet energy savings goals (now frozen at the current level of a 4.5% reduction) even if customers implement energy-saving projects without the assistance of a program. This is a win for FirstEnergy at the expense of small business owners and middle-class Ohioans.
PUCO approves FirstEnergy’s request to suspend popular energy efficiency programsCleveland.com, November 25, 2014
State regulators on Thursday approved FirstEnergy’s request to scuttle most of its consumer energy efficiency programs at the end of the year, ending popular rebates and discounts on Energy Star appliances and lighting and rewards for turning in old appliances.
FirstEnergy is the only Ohio electric company that has asked to end its efficiency programs per a new law enacted last spring.