4 Promises of a Smart Grid

4 Promises of a Smart Grid

Last week, the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO) launched an initiative with the intent of taking the first steps to modernize the electricity grid in Ohio. The PowerForward initiative will be a series of workshops over the course of the year that will bring together the expertise of many stakeholders to ultimately develop a path...

SCOTUS Saves Demand Response

SCOTUS Saves Demand Response

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court breathed new life into “demand response” (DR) programs across the nation. Specifically, in a 6-2 decision the justices upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s authority to regulate wholesale demand response programs. This legal and regulatory mumbo jumbo means that Ohio energy consumers can continue to participate in the PJM demand...

Top Strategies for Lower Energy Costs

Top Strategies for Lower Energy Costs

This week, the PUCO filed a settlement agreement in the long disputed and very contentious FirstEnergy Power Purchase Agreement case. In short, this arrangement proposes an income guarantee paid by all consumers to FirstEnergy for uncompetitive aging power plants. AEP Ohio has made a similar request to the PUCO and a settlement filing on that request is imminent...