(Columbus, OH) First Energy is facing a court challenge on a rate plan approved by state regulators. 

The Ohio Environmental Council, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Environmental Law and Policy Center all have appealed the case to the Ohio Supreme Court. 

At issue is a First Energy rate increase approved by the PUCO more than $600 million over three years. The environmental groups claim the commission’s ruling amounts to a bailout that subsidizes old and expensive plants and provides no benefits to customers. 

A PUCO estimate shows a household using an average of 750 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month would see monthly bills increase $36 per year.