Commercial, Demand Management, Energy Efficiency, Industrial, Regulation, Utilities - April 19, 2016
Ohio utilities file proposal for C&I energy efficiency programs
The Ohio utilities of FirstEnergy Corp. have filed comprehensive plans with their state regulators that would offer a menu of energy efficiency programs to their customers, including businesses.
The proposed energy efficiency and peak demand reduction portfolio plans, which have been filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, would allow customers of FirstEnergy's subsidiaries Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating and Toledo Edison to participate in a wide range of cost-effective programs available between Jan. 1, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2019, according to a news release., which would exceed the annual reduction targets of the energy efficiency mandates that are currently suspended in Ohio.
The filing proposes a reactivation, with changes, of previous energy efficiency programs for both small and large commercial and industrial customers. For other small and large businesses, the utilities have proposed the continuation of the "Customer Action Program," which captures energy savings and peak demand reductions achieved through actions taken outside of utility-administered programs. For large enterprises, the utilities proposed the continuation of their demand reduction program.
FirstEnergy said the plans were derived in collaboration with stakeholders including environmental groups, consumer advocates and energy efficiency service providers.
The filings propose a detailed procedural schedule that will ensure a comprehensive review of the plans. FirstEnergy's Ohio utilities have requested a decision from the commission by Sept. 30, with the plans going into effect Jan. 1, 2017.