Supreme Court Denies FirstEnergy Rider Appeal

The Supreme Court of Ohio this week rejected FirstEnergy’s appeal to reconsider the legality of its Distribution Modernization Rider (DMR). The denial to reopen the case confirms the court’s earlier 4-3 ruling that customers of FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities have been overcharged by hundreds of millions of dollars since 2017. The court in June said the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) improperly authorized utility surcharges for grid modernization subsidies, and ordered the charges to be removed immediately.

The OMA Energy Group led the legal challenge to remove this rider. 8/22/2019