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PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION OF OHIO

For the next month, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is fielding applications for two open positions on the five-person board.

Commissioner Lynn Slaby – a former Summit County Prosecutor – will end his term in April, and Columbus lawyer Howard Petricoff resigned – effective December 31-- after a senate nominating committee declined to recommend him for the post.

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One of Ohio’s largest energy companies could be closing or selling all of its power plants within the next two years.

FirstEnergy, given the current economic and regulatory climate, is reviewing what to do with its coal and nuclear plants. It says it has three options: sell the plants, close them or keep them under the condition that the state changes its regulatory framework.

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FirstEnergy is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of people stealing overhead wires in the Cleveland area. The thieves are posing as utility workers, knocking on residents’ doors, and telling them not to call when their power goes out.

FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin says the theft is more than just inconvenient.

“They’re creating very dangerous situations by potentially having live wires on the ground, not to mention that the power is out for the people who had the wires chopped out outside their house.”

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FirstEnergy is considering moving away from its competitive-market power-generation businesses and back to being a fully regulated utility.  Could such a change make the Akron-based Corporation vulnerable to a takeover?  

Probably not, says Barry Abramson, a senior analyst with Saber Partners energy industry consulting firm in New York. 

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One week after a surprise split with its major electricity supplier, a non-profit energy aggregator serving half-a-million Ohioans says it’s found a replacement.

The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council or NOPEC negotiates discounted energy contracts for 200 communities across 13 Northern Ohio counties.

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