OEC’s litigation at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has resulted in a suspension of FirstEnergy’s Burger plant proposal. FirstEnergy had filed an application at the PUCO, seeking renewable certification of its 312 MW power plant to be powered by “biomass resources” such as trees and other forest material. The problem with the application, however, is that the utility has not provided any information about the source of its biomass material. “Without more information, it’s impossible to know whether this project should qualify as a ‘renewable’ facility under Ohio law,” said Will Reisinger, OEC Staff Attorney. “We don’t know whether this facility will be sustainable, carbon-neutral, or whether there is even enough biomass material in all of Ohio to fuel this massive plant,” added Reisinger.
The PUCO ordered an indefinite suspension of the Application.