PUCO to lift stay on FirstEnergy/HB6 investigations

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PUCO to lift stay on FirstEnergy/HB6 investigations

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Feb. 21, 2024) - The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today ordered its four investigations related to FirstEnergy and House Bill 6 to resume. The cases have been stayed since Aug. 24, 2022, at the request of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. The stay will expire on Friday, February 23, 2024.

“We remain committed to protecting the interests of Ohio’s consumers,” stated PUCO Chair Jenifer French. “The PUCO will continue to follow the facts wherever they may lead.”

A PUCO administrative law judge will issue an entry in the coming days to establish hearing dates for these proceedings, including a due date for the ongoing audit of the utility’s rates related to political and charitable expenses.

Case background

More information about the PUCO’s investigations and other actions related to House Bill 6 can be found at PUCO.ohio.gov/hb6.

A copy of today’s Commission entry is available on the PUCO website at www.PUCO.ohio.gov by clicking on the link to “Docketing Information System” and searching for any of the following case numbers 17-974-EL-UNC, 17-2474-EL-RDR, 20-1502-EL-UNC, 20-1629-EL-RDR.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative. 

For additional information, contact: Matt Schilling | (614) 466-7750