cleveland cleveland.com 27 Dec, 2020 11:30 am

What to do about HB 6 and FirstEnergy? The ball is in Gov. DeWine’s court.

What to do about HB 6 and FirstEnergy? The ball is in Gov. DeWine’s court.
Like so many others at the Statehouse, perhaps Gov. DeWine just wishes House Bill 6 would go away and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio would just re-ink its rubber stamps. But the HB 6 scandal, and the continuing revelations about FirstEnergy’s lobbying, have lobbed the ball into his court: Your move, governor, writes the editorial board.

Now they’ve learned the Akron utility, using a “dark money” group, aimed to undercut a competitor, city-owned Cleveland Public Power.Tax filings and court documents indicate that $200,000 in FirstEnergy money went to Consumers Against Deceptive Fees, which seemingly advocated for Public Power customers by questioning rates, cleveland.The documents reveal that the “consumer” group was bankrolled by $200,000 from FirstEnergy and aimed at Public Power.That $200,000 reached the “consumer” group via a nonprofit at the center of the HB 6 scandal.

, the Akron-based former FirstEnergy subsidiary that owns the Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear plants; American Electric Power; Dayton Power and Light; and Duke.20, saying he wished to spare DeWine a distraction amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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