FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones

After financing xenophobic campaign, FirstEnergy deplores anti-Asian bigotry

BY: - April 1, 2021

There has been a terrifying surge in violence against Asians over the past year, prompting one Ohio company to take a stand on an issue it was arguably on the other side of in 2019. Meanwhile, Ohio’s lieutenant governor is digging in over comments he made last week. There has been a drumbeat of random […]

U.S. attorney departs, but HB 6 investigation is far from over

BY: - March 1, 2021

The cruel fortunes of politics mean that David M. DeVillers stopped being the top federal law enforcement official for Southern Ohio on Sunday. But the attorney who last July announced the arrest of then-House Speaker Larry Householder, last week said the investigation that led to the arrest isn’t going anywhere.  The scandal surrounding what DeVillers said […]

DeWine aide’s organization was link to now-guilty dark money group

BY: - February 15, 2021

Dan McCarthy, a top aide to Gov. Mike DeWine, hasn’t explained what he thought the point was of the millions funneling through a dark money group he founded and into another at the heart of a huge corruption scandal that has rocked Ohio. He did say, however, that he had no reason to believe it […]

Did PUCO play a corrupt role in HB 6? Utility regulator asked to investigate itself

BY: - February 4, 2021

Two environmental groups last week formally asked Ohio’s utility regulator to take a number of steps in relation to a massive bribery scandal. One of them would require the agency to investigate itself. The Environmental Law & Policy Center and the Ohio Environmental Council last week filed a motion with the Public Utility Commission of […]

Scandal-ridden FirstEnergy agrees to give up new upcharge

BY: - February 2, 2021

Many FirstEnergy customers weren’t recession-proofed when the coronavirus pandemic hit, but Akron-based FirstEnergy made sure that it was. Now, after firing its top management in the wake of a corruption-riddled 2019 law championed by the Akron-based company, FirstEnergy has agreed to stop collecting an upcharge that was part of it, Attorney General Dave Yost said […]

Investigation of $460M in FirstEnergy charges back on, but why was it stopped in the first place?

BY: - January 5, 2021

The Public Utility Commission of Ohio has restarted an audit of $465 million that Akron-based FirstEnergy collected from ratepayers in 2017 and 2018, supposedly to modernize the utility grid. The state’s official watchdog, the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, wants to know whether any of the money was used in a $61 million bribery […]

Despite scandal, DeWine says he takes corruption seriously

BY: - December 14, 2020

Despite a massive bribery scandal related to a lobbying effort involving his appointees and members of his administration, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says his administration takes corruption seriously.

Chairman of panel nominating regulator’s replacement also has ties to FirstEnergy, nuclear bailout

BY: - December 7, 2020

The connections between a power company at the center of a massive scandal involving a nuclear bailout and the Ohio agency that’s supposed to regulate it increasingly appear to be deep. Consider: On Jan. 31, 2019, Michael Koren chaired a meeting of the Public Utility Commission of Ohio’s Nominating Council, which recommends people for posts […]

Ohio utility poised to keep scandal-tainted bailout money even if it’s repealed

BY: - December 3, 2020

When it comes to billions of ratepayer dollars for bailouts and other add-ons, Ohio utilities are in a no-lose situation.  In the case of the scandal-plagued, billion-dollar bailout of two Northern Ohio nuclear reactors, their owner is poised to keep any money they collect even if the legislature repeals the bailout.  State Rep. Mark Romanchuk, […]

Bankruptcy judge orders lobbyists to explain their role in HB 6

BY: - November 27, 2020

A federal judge handling the bankruptcy of a company involved in an allegedly corrupt nuclear bailout has ordered a prominent law firm to explain its role in the affair. The firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, served both as lead bankruptcy counsel to the company receiving the $1.3 billion ratepayer bailout and as […]

FirstEnergy firings prompt regulatory audit in nuclear bailout scandal

BY: - November 11, 2020

It slipped under the radar last week, but on the day after the presidential election the Public Utility Commission of Ohio ordered a management audit of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. to determine whether it abided by separation rules when it spun off its nuclear reactors in 2016.

The nuclear bailout nobody’s talking about

BY: - October 19, 2020

Bankruptcy of former FirstEnergy subsidiary might be yet another bailout for Akron utility conglomerate.