ROI Energy Helps Customers Dodge FirstEnergy Fee

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Customers face higher energy bills as FirstEnergy complies with law to reduce demand

ROI Energy announces ability to help customers with exemption process, potentially saving tens of thousands from First Energy’s pending DSE-II rider.

Ohio Senate bill 221 requires Ohio’s utility companies to dramatically reduce their output of energy by 2025. First Energy who owns Ohio Edison and The Illuminating Company in NE Ohio are awaiting approval to charge a fee, called the DSE-II rider which will charge businesses an additional fee to help facilitate this task.

ROI Energy has the ability through their affiliate program, which allows businesses to be exempted from this fee for multiple years, calculated on how much energy a lighting retrofit project saves a business.

Even though the PUCO has yet to grant final approval to FirstEnergy’s request, last year they approved a somewhat similar request for AEP Ohio Power to charge its customers.

ROI Energy has worked for years with Lighting Services, Inc. of Twinsburg, Ohio to provide turnkey, energy efficient, lighting retrofits for businesses. Bob Taussig, President of ROI Energy states “We specialize in retrofitting metal halide and HPS hi-bay fixtures found in warehouses and manufacturing companies with energy-efficient T5 and T8 fluorescent fixtures, which require half the energy and typically provide 30% - 60% more light.”

“Businesses many times don’t realize as much as 40% of their energy bills go toward lighting costs. In a warehouse or distribution center, it can be as much as 80% of their electric bill. We can easily cut this cost in half, and with the accelerated EPAct tax deduction allowed by the IRS, a lighting retrofit project typically pays for itself in as little as 15-23 months, especially in multi shift operations.” states Taussig.

The likelihood of finding a new fee attached to your electric bill in the months ahead is almost inevitable. Now is the time to consider any projects that will reduce your energy consumption, saving money on energy costs, as well as reducing your risk of having additional fees run up your electric bills.

A recent Crain’s Cleveland Business article listed the names of area companies that have already received exemption from First Energy’s DSE-II rider. Their article states most companies will just wonder “what happened” when they get this charge.

ROI Energy suggests, “Whether your business is in Cleveland, Akron, Aurora, Twinsburg, Streetsboro, Macedonia, Solon or anywhere in Northeast Ohio, the time to look into a lighting retrofit of your industrial high bay fixtures is now! It’s time to start saving money on energy and put those dollars back on your bottom line.”

Click on the link at the end of this press release to view our video, explaining our "turnkey" lighting retrofit process and how we can get your business exempted from this rider.


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