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DeWine will soon have another vacancy to fill. PUCO Chairman Asim Haque is leaving effective March 1 to take a job with Philadelphia-based regional transmission group PJM Interconnection.
Consumers advocates reacted to DeWine’s appointment.
“We recommend that (Haque’s) seat be filled with a bona fide representative of residential consumers, especially considering that the current PUCO commissioners include two former utility representatives,” a statement from the Office of the Ohio Consumers Counsel said Monday. “We wish chair Haque well in his future endeavors.”
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The leader of a state environmental group expressed some skepticism about the appointment.
“We are disappointed in this choice, as Mr. Randazzo has a lengthy career fighting against renewable energy and energy efficiency in Ohio,” Heather Taylor-Miesle, president of the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund, said in a release. “This move is out-of-step with the rest of the Midwest, where governors are committing to the future of energy, instead of the past.”
Randazzo will assume a five-year term starting April 11, 2019.
Among its duties, the PUCO determines power company “electric security plans (ESP),” plans whose charges make up the bulk of customers’ electric bills. They are complex plans that can take years to nail down and finalize.
The body approved a new ESP for Dayton Power and Light last fall.