Dayton Daily News

Former utility attorney named to PUCO board

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Gov. Mike DeWine named a former utility attorney to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, the regulatory body that oversees electric and natural gas companies, among other interests.

Samuel Randazzo was perhaps the best known of four finalists DeWine considered to fill the post.

Randazzo has been heavily involved in Ohio energy policy for the past four decades. He has represente­d Industrial Energy Users-Ohio since 1992, and has been a critic of Ohio’s renewable energy mandates put in place in 2008.

Scott Elisar, an attorney in Randazzo’s former law firm, was on the nominating council that put Randazzo on the list of four candidates for DeWine to consider.

DeWine will soon have another vacancy to fill. PUCO Chairman Asim Haque is leaving effective March 1 to take a job with Philadelph­ia-based regional transmissi­on group PJM Interconne­ction.

Randazzo will assume a five-year term starting April 11.

Among its duties, the PUCO determines power company “electric security plans (ESP),” which make up the bulk of customers’ electric bills. They are complex plans that can take years to nail down and finalize.

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