Staff members of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio allowed officials of utility company AEP to redact parts of an audit into the operations of the Ohio Valley Electric Corp., a series of emails between PUCO staff and AEP show. The emails were introduced last week in the case surrounding the first audit into the… Read more »
Ohio consumer advocates and major utility customers want the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to disclose more information from the audit into the effects of Ohio’s scandal-plagued HB 6 law. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel and major consumers, including grocery giant Kroger, filed motions with PUCO this week seeking the end to the protective order granted… Read more »
The Boich Companies filed Ohio forms claiming they conducted no lobbying from 2017 through 2019, even though court records show their officials were intimately involved in the passage of HB 6, the law requiring state ratepayers to bail out two coal-fired power plants. Boich’s lobbying reports are another facet of the company’s stealth campaign to… Read more »
Sam Randazzo, the former chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, was charged in an 11-count indictment for his involvement in the passage of the HB 6 that bailed out money-losing nuclear- and coal-fueled power plants and gutted Ohio’s renewable energy mandate. Randazzo, the PUCO chair from April 2019 until his resignation in November… Read more »
Information removed from the audit into Ohio’s HB6 law by a protective order granted by the Ohio Public Utilities Commission (PUCO) is still unavailable although some of the details were ostensibly unredacted during a Nov. 2 hearing on the case. Those details include the identity of the company that has been overcharging for coal supplied… Read more »
Checks & Balances Project is requesting the identities of the Ohio Public Utilities Commission staff members who recommended issuing the protective order that declared publicly available information to be trade secrets in the audit conducted into the details of Ohio’s HB6 law. The order, granted July 7 by Attorney Examiner Megan Addison, forced the redaction… Read more »
A coal company that donated to the fund used to bribe former Ohio House speaker Larry Householder was overpaid for coal because of the law the now-imprisoned Householder rammed through the Ohio Legislature in 2019, according to an audit of the law, federal records and testimony by utility analysts. That law, HB6, includes riders that… Read more »
Larry Householder, the former Ohio House speaker convicted of bribery and racketeering for his role in a massive scheme to bail out a utility’s failing power plants, has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. “You were not serving the people,” U.S. District Judge Timothy Black told Householder. “You were serving yourself. You were… Read more »
The conviction of former Ohio House speaker Larry Householder and state Republican Party chairman Matt Borges in a $61 million bribery trial ends just one chapter in a long-running saga of corruption in Ohio that Checks & Balances Project has uncovered over the last decade. At the heart of the scandal is FirstEnergy, a fossil… Read more »
Ohio passed legislation in 2018 that increased funds for capping oil and natural gas wells with no identifiable owners or that are bankrupt. But an analysis of state data shows the rate they’re being capped has been declining at 5% per year since the 1990s.
On Oct. 15, 1991, Clarence Thomas secured his seat on the Supreme Court, a narrow victory after a bruising confirmation fight that left him isolated and disillusioned. Open this article in the New York Times Audio app on iOS.
CHEVELON BUTTE, Ariz. — The AES Corporation announced June 1 the start of commercial operations for phase one of the Chevelon Butte wind farm. The project is located on the Chevelon Butte Ranch in Coconino and Navajo Counties, Arizona.
When forecasters predicted that oppressive heat would settle over much of the South for days this month, one of the first thoughts for staff members at the Mobile Botanical Gardens was how to protect their most sensitive plants.