OEC In the News

Keep up with media coverage of the OEC and the issues that are important to you.

Ohio deserves better

October 13, 2016
And Trish Demeter, managing director of energy programs for the Ohio Environmental Council, said customers will be saddled with millions of dollars for mistakes the utility made as the state has lost...

State regulators approve new rate plan for FirstEnergy

October 12, 2016
The plan has been opposed by the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, environmental organizations, consumer organizations, and electricity marketers who argue it would undermine market competition not only in...

PUCO approves $132 million rider rate hike for FirstEnergy, meaning higher monthly bills for

October 12, 2016
"For years, FirstEnergy doubled down on dirty energy and led the effort to kill Ohio's clean energy standards, which made them less competitive in today's market," Trish Demeter, managing director of...

New Ohio law requires mapping of lead pipes in water systems' service areas; stricter federal laws expected in 2017

October 12, 2016
"The bill is the most significant effort in the country to address lead contamination in our drinking water," said Melanie Houston, the Ohio Environmental Council's director of oil and gas. CLEVELAND...

Lawmakers race to change Ohio's renewable energy standards

October 6, 2016
“The trends in the (renewable) marketplace out there are not going to wait for us,” Trish Demeter with the Ohio Environmental Council said. “They’re not going to wait for Ohio to set the right policy...

Proposed legislation would further weaken Ohio clean energy standards

October 4, 2016
“The latest version of SB 320 is nothing more than an extension of the freeze for another three years,” said Trish Demeter of the Ohio Environmental Council. “Instead of outright freezing the...

Closing gap between talk, action with lake

August 5, 2016
The OEC's Executive Director, Heather Taylor-Miesle teamed up with ELPC's, Howard Lerner, and Joel Brameier from the Alliance for the Great Lakes on an op-ed that ran in the Toledo Blade.

Lead Contamination Poses Hazards Far Beyond Flint

January 29, 2016
Municipal officials did not return phone calls seeking comment Thursday. But Melanie Houston, director of water policy at the Ohio Environmental Council, said the problems in Sebring shows the need...

Toledo City Council considers resolution to declare Lake Erie 'impaired'

January 27, 2016
Declaring it impaired would bring a process that would identify all the sources contributing the algae-causing pollution, mainly phosphorus, into western Lake Erie," said Adam Rissien, agricultural...

Farmers step up to reduce fertilizer runoff and toxic algae in Lake Erie

January 21, 2016
More than 350 farmers from Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana have applied for funds from the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, according to Adam Rissien, director of agriculture and water policy...