COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans may soon see activists at their doors urging them to steer clear of a northeast Ohio power company that the environmentalists say is working against the state's alternative energy goals.
The campaign announced Wednesday by the 17,000-member Ohio Sierra Club is the second of its kind to target Akron-based FirstEnergy and its retail affiliate, FirstEnergy Solutions. A separate coalition called Stop FirstEnergy Hikes is pushing a parallel effort.
Sierra Club members said at an Ohio Statehouse event that the group plans to unleash an onslaught of advertising, emails and volunteer neighborhood canvassers to discourage customers from choosing FirstEnergy Solutions.
"By attacking our state's clean energy standards," said organizer Rashay Layman, "FirstEnergy is telling Ohioans it doesn't care about creating more jobs or saving them money through energy efficiency programs — programs that help everyday people lower their electric bills, save money and cut down on air pollution from coal-fired power plants."
FirstEnergy spokesman Doug Colafella called the environmentalists' campaign misleading.
"Firstenergy's successfully meeting the targets, we're achieving the annual goals and our customer programs are successful. They're working," he said. "So it's a disappointment that his campaign should mislead consumers and cause them to miss out on an opportunity to further reduce their energy bills."
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