FirstEnergy’s Response to Ohio Attorney General’s Allegations
September 24, 2020
On Sept. 23, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit against a number of individuals and entities, including FirstEnergy and our former subsidiary, FirstEnergy Solutions (FES), in connection with political activity related to Ohio House Bill 6 (HB 6).
As you all know, ethical behavior and upholding the highest standards of conduct are foundational values for our entire FirstEnergy family. We strive to apply these standards in all business dealings, including our participation in the political process. We want to emphasize that political contributions by FirstEnergy are made in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.
The lawsuit unjustly targets the company for lawfully participating in the political process and advocating for policy that is consistent with our interests. Like most public companies, we support policy initiatives that matter to our customers, employees, communities and shareholders. The Attorney General’s complaint is without legal merit, and the company intends to vigorously defend itself.
As we’ve stated before, both of the nuclear power plants in Ohio supported by HB 6 are owned and operated by Energy Harbor, our former FES subsidiary.
We have advocated for keeping Ohio’s two nuclear plants operational because they support thousands of high-quality, tax-paying jobs and are critical to the state’s ability to access clean, affordable and reliable energy. We also have an obligation to serve our 2 million customers in Ohio. This means looking out for the long-term supply of energy in the state, even though we won’t receive any revenues from the operation of these nuclear plants nor any of the nuclear funding provided through HB 6.
We will continue to update employees with as much information we can as soon as we can.