PUCO Delays Vote On Energy Rebates

Aug 1, 2013

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has delayed action in a case potentially affecting 96 to 126 million dollars in rebates of renewable energy overcharges to customers of Akron-based FirstEnergy.

Chair Todd Snitchler says Wednesday's vote was postponed for a week to allow time to fine tune an order addressing whether the utility overpaid for renewable energy credits and passed those costs on to customers.Environmental and consumer advocates expressed disappointment in the delay. Portions of audits detailing estimates of the overcharges have been blocked from public view because of confidentiality claims by the company. That has meant parties - including FirstEnergy competitor, Columbus-based American Electric Power-Ohio and the Ohio Consumers' CounselĀ  - can not discuss details.