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Cleveland Chapter of NAACP Announces Support for FirstEnergy's Electric Security Plan

Published 28 September 2015

The Cleveland Branch of the NAACP announced its formal support for Powering Ohio's Progress, the FirstEnergy Ohio Utilities' Electric Security Plan currently pending before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).

The NAACP has filed a letter with the PUCO endorsing FirstEnergy's pending application, and joins other low-income and minority groups that have stipulated their support including the Consumer Protection Association, Cleveland Housing Network and the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland. The plan will contribute up to $23 million in economic development funding and energy efficiency assistance to support local communities and create jobs, and $7 million to help low-income customers pay their electric bills.

"FirstEnergy's plan extends and strengthens programs for our low income customers, a key commitment to our community," said Reverend E.T. Caviness, Pastor, Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church. "The company has also indicated a formal commitment to the diversity of their workforce."

"After an independent review, the NAACP recognizes the importance of this plan for our members," said Kent Whitley, Chair, NAACP Political Action Committee. "The plan's ability to retain jobs and support local communities makes this endorsement essential."

"The NAACP has a track record of pushing for environmental justice in our communities," said Reverend Hilton Smith, President of the Cleveland Branch of the NAACP. "Our Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution endorsing FirstEnergy's plan in light of its positive economic impact and ongoing support for our communities."

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.

Source: Company Press Release