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Ohio utilities are considering their next steps after federal regulators knocked down a measure that would have allowed subsidies for struggling power plants. But, there are still options from state lawmakers.

The proposal would have allowed utilities to charge their customers an extra fee to help prop up power plants that struggle to compete in the market. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied the measure.

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FIRSTENERGY CORP.

FirstEnergy is offering to pay tuition and fees for some students to attend Stark State College, if they’re interested in working with electricity – outdoors.

The company’s Power Systems Institute is a two-year program at several community colleges, including Stark State. The training could lead to work with the utility company as line workers or at a substation, which can often be in tight spaces, or it can involve being high up on steel structures.

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TIM RUDELL / WKSU

The Akron-based utility, FirstEnergy, has introduced an online retail outlet for its customers.

FirstEnergy’s Smart-Mart.com sells energy-saving lightbulbs, internet-enabled accessories and home improvement services.

Company spokesman Aaron Ruegg says the goal is to build a relationship with customers beyond the electric bill.

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