Environment Ohio
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Akron Beacon Journal
By
Bob Downing

FirstEnergy Corp. needs to do more to develop wind and solar power and to promote energy efficiency, according to a new report.

The Akron-based utility got a grade of F for its shortcomings, mostly in developing solar power and promoting energy efficiency, said Environment Ohio, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus, in news conferences on Tuesday in Akron and Cleveland.

Ohio's other major investor-owned utilities are doing a better job than FirstEnergy, said Environment Ohio spokesman Julian Boggs.

His group gave both Duke Energy and Dayton Power & Light grades of A. Columbus-based American Electric Power got a grade of B.

''It's absolutely not too late for FirstEnergy to turn the corner on clean energy,'' he said. ''They made big investments in wind and solar in the last month, and we're waiting on the same for energy efficiency.''