Public forum on proposed FirstEnergy rate increase is today at KSU Trumbull

CHAMPION — A free public forum about the rate increases proposed by FirstEnergy will be at 6 p.m. today at Kent State University’s Trumbull Campus, Main Building, Lecture Hall A, 4314 Mahoning Ave. N.W.

The proposed increases are part of the utility’s Electric Security Plan, filed after the passage of Ohio’s energy policy (Senate Bill 221). The forum will include a panel presentation to inform customers about what the plan will mean to consumers.

Topics will include an overview of the security plan, energy efficiency, renewable energy and the impact on low-income consumers and seniors.

Experts will be available to address consumers’ questions, concerns and comments. Maps and additional information is available at

Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel in collaboration with other groups in Ohio Consumer and Environmental Advocates is sponsoring the forum.

Consumers need to know about the electric utilities’ requests and how their household budget would be impacted, the OCC said.

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