Thousands of energy consumers and ratepayers from across Ohio have joined together to launch Ohio Consumers Power Alliance, a non-partisan, statewide consumer advocacy alliance focused on keeping electricity rates low by diversifying Ohio’s energy portfolio.
Consumers have opinions about our state’s energy but are seldom heard over the noise of utility lobbyists and industry leaders. The role of the Alliance is to be the megaphone for the voice of under-represented consumers. For far too long, decisions about energy and electric costs have been made by legislators and the special interests who are supporting those legislators. It is now time for consumers to have a way to voice their opinions on these critical matters.
The Alliance is committed to providing our members with information about energy policy activity within the legislature and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. We will offer our members the opportunities they have been missing to share their thoughts with their elected officials and other decision-makers.
Ohio Consumers Power Alliance is opposed to bailing out Ohio’s old, uneconomical nuclear plants by assessing a fee from every electric consumer in Ohio. This does not move Ohio forward. Bailing out two nuclear power plants without a 21st century energy plan is irresponsible and will only benefit corporations, like FirstEnergy and Exelon.
These energy company giants are looking for Ohioans to write a blank check to keep aging and expensive nuclear plants online, substantially adding profits to their bottom line while placing the burden on Ohio electricity customers. We need a long-term energy solution that protects consumers and benefits the state’s economy, not energy giants.
The Alliance will continue recruiting members from every corner of Ohio and will engage decision-makers through true grassroots activities such as letters, phone calls and visits. The time has never been better to ensure consumers are at the forefront of debate over Ohio’s future energy policy.
We hope you will join us in making the consumer voice heard!