Perspective: Ohio Light Bulb Fight Offers Lessons

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A little argument over light bulbs that broke out in Ohio provides some early lessons in meeting the tough, new energy efficiency requirements that are sweeping the nation.

Consumers went crazy in October when they learned how Akron-based Firstenergy planned to distribute energy-efficient light bulbs.

The company proposed automatically mailing the bulbs to every customer, then adding to electric bills a surcharge that well exceeded the retail price of the bulbs.

The Ohio Consumers' Counsel and the offices of Governor Ted Strickland and state lawmakers were flooded with protests.

Consumers' Counsel spokesman Anthony Rodriguez says he believes a better Firstenergy light bulb program will emerge from the controversy.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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