Why? Perhaps this picture from the folks at Ohio Beyond Coal explains things:
"The Akron power company tried but failed to get the standards scuttled or frozen just before Christmas by asking legislators to slip an amendment into unrelated legislation. But lawmakers scattered when the tactic was publicly revealed.
This time, FirstEnergy is sending a form letter written by its lobbyists to some of its larger commercial and industrial customers, asking them to fill in their company's name and send it by Friday to the Ohio Senate, which is trying to decide whether to tinker with the efficiency rules.
The company defended its tactic to gin up support for its position.
"FirstEnergy remains concerned that meeting the state's energy efficiency goals will continue to place burdensome costs on our customers, particularly Ohio businesses," the company said in a prepared statement."
Why does FirstEnergy want to do away with energy efficiency programs in Ohio? It's hurting their bottom line and working as intended to save consumers money. More money in consumer pockets through energy efficiency, less money in FirstEnergy's pocket. Investments in energy efficiency cost much less than investments in new power plants. The cheapest resource is the one you never have to build.
"FirstEnergy CEO Anthony Alexander [aka "Satan"] has said in public meetings that the rules have interfered with normal market growth, already made tough by the recession."
Right... and FirstEnergy thinks its customers are dumb enough to hurt their own bottom line by signing form letters opposing energy efficiency programs. Good luck with that, FirstEnergy, your arrogance is stunning. Some things just can't be fixed by lying to your customers, legislators, regulators and the media.