The commission on Nov. 4, 2020, opened its annual audit of the Delivery Capital Recover rider for FirstEnergy holdings, which include Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison. The rider allows utilities to recover costs related to annual distribution system and infrastructure investments.
The audit is among a long list of investigations and inquiries FirstEnergy faces over its advocacy of the controversial House Bill 6. It benefited from the $1.3 billion bailout for Ohio’s two nuclear plants signed into law in July 2019 and paid for by all Ohio electricity customers.
Federal prosecutors alleged that Ohio House speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, took nearly $61 million in bribes to gain political power and then pass and defend House Bill 6 from a referendum attempt. The federal complaint does not name the utilities involved but descriptions identify them as FirstEnergy, FirstEnergy Services Co. and Energy Harbor.
Householder, lobbyist Neil Clark and Former Ohio GOP chairman Matt Borges have pleaded not guilty to federal racketeering charges.
Householder’s political strategist Jeff Longstreth, Energy Harbor lobbyist Juan Cespedes and Generation Now, a 501(c)4 nonprofit used as a funnel for political money, have pleaded guilty.