Is the Public Utilities Commission just a big ATM?
FirstEnergy wants $3 billion of our money,
no questions asked.
FirstEnergy lobbyists are down in Columbus now, demanding that the Ohio Public Utilities Commission approve -- in advance -- over $3 billion in overcharges to their customers through 2008.
In 1995 when the company filed for a $119 million rate increase, the Commission gave it their usual full rate review -- taking more than nine months -- including time to investigate it, ask questions, collect evidence, hold public hearings, analyze the information, produce a staff report, and decide.
This case is at least 30 times bigger, yet last fall, the Commission suddenly scrapped their process and plans to decide it within weeks, instead of the usual nine months.
There are plenty of questions to ask
There’s plenty of time to do the job right.
Every state official and every northern Ohio state legislator should oppose this breakneck schedule.
Of the three state officials who will be running for Governor when the new rates go into effect, Attorney General Jim Petro has already said he would not speak out.
We still need to hear from Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, and State Auditor Betty Montgomery.
Please email them right now.