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Challengers Ask Ohio Regulators to Impose Penalties on FirstEnergy

They want FirstEnergy’s utilities to pay up to $1.4 billion

The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel and Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA) Energy Group want the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to order financial restitution and penalties from FirstEnergy because it failed to track money from a bill charge. FirstEnergy’s money pool practices made the funds a possible source for HB 6 spending and other political activities.

FirstEnergy has continued to fight against pre-hearing fact-finding efforts by the consumers’ counsel and others, and the PUCO has continued to block or allow delays in the production of witnesses and documents.

Governor Mike DeWine was briefed on the extensive ties between FirstEnergy and Sam Randazzo before appointing Randazzo as chair of the PUCO in 2019.

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