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Ohio Citizen Action organizes and mobilizes people to advocate for public interests. In person, by phone, and online, we engage people in actions that protect public health, improve environmental quality, and benefit consumers. Our campaigns connect Ohioans and build a movement to protect democracy and create a sustainable future.

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Current Focus: Repeal HB 6
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Today's traditionally tax day, but not for Big Energy

Apr 15, 2021 12:15 PM

Did you pay more than a penny in income taxes over the last 3 years ?

These corporations didn’t:

Ohio’s investor-owned utilities FirstEnergy, AEP and Duke Energy haven’t paid federal income taxes in years according to a report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a nonprofit, non-partisan think tank. 

A neat trick: FirstEnergy ducks their tax bill while shifting costs onto consumers.
FirstEnergy is still on the hook for its $61 million statehouse corruption scandal to pass House Bill 6 - a $1.3 billion bailout package called the "worst energy policy in the nation." Most of the bailout money was meant to prop up FirstEnergy's two failing nuclear plants, but more than $100 million has gone to subsidize two dirty, Eisenhower-era coal plants partially owned by AEP and Duke. While the companies pleaded for bailouts from Ohio ratepayers, their tax information shows healthy revenue.
FirstEnergy netted almost $3.7 billion before taxes over the past three years, yet it’s allowed to show a loss for tax purposes.
Governor Mike DeWine and lawmakers have quietly repealed $1 billion in nuclear bailout subsidies, but the coal subsidies continue to roll in. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel says that so far $107 million in coal subsidies have gone to OVEC coal plants since the beginning of 2020. Another $233,000 rolls in EVERY DAY.


Ratepayers pay federal income taxes in addition to state and local taxes — PLUS their electric bills. It's past time for Ohio utilities to pay their fair share of taxes, too.


Some good news for a change

Apr 07, 2021 11:04 AM

Ohio Citizen Action (OCA) has recently hired two new staff members, who will allow us to relaunch our piece of the Power a Clean Future Ohio campaign and revive our field canvass, which has been suspended due to COVID since March 2020.

Michael Todd

Michael Todd joins OCA as Cleveland Field Canvass Director, bringing with him volunteer history with a youth leadership program and the campaigns of Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and Bernie Sanders. He's also has two years experience organizing and fundraising for Clean Water Action in Michigan.

Tatiana Rodzos

Tatiana Rodzos continues to work with us in a new role as Campaigns Organizer. Tatiana was hired two and a half years ago as a field canvasser and senior field manager. She's also got years of experience volunteering for animal rescue, environmental restoration and recycling groups and has taught English to recent immigrants. 

Restarting our field canvas

We're excited to restart our field canvass in early May and use electronic tablets for the first time. Our friends at other canvass-based groups around the country have already restarted field canvassing and we're confident we can do so safely. The tablets will modernize our outreach and furnish us with new organizing tools to engage people in our campaigns.

The return of field canvassing will allow us to provide ground support for the Power a Clean Future Ohio campaign, a nonpartisan coalition that works with local leaders to develop and implement proven climate solutions. Already, twelve communities around the state have joined the campaign and we'll be knocking on doors soon to expand PCFO's reach, encouraging people to write to their mayors about taking local action to address climate change.

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HB 128 not nearly good enough

Apr 01, 2021 2:51 PM

The bill was signed the day before April Fools, but we still shouldn't take this "repeal" seriously.

FirstEnergy has agreed to disgorge $26 million it collected under House Bill 6 to customers just after Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 128, legislation repealing the nuclear bailout portion of the bill. 

The partial repeal of House Bill 6 is a partial win for FirstEnergy because it leaves in place the rollback of Ohio’s renewable energy & energy efficiency standards and still provides subsidies to two Ohio Valley Electric Corporation coal-fired power plants.

Visit www.repealHB6.com to tell your legislators FirstEnergy should not be allowed to walk away from House Bill 6 with even a penny of consumers’ money