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U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich this morning launched an investigation into FirstEnergy Corp.’s decision to eliminate its deep discounts for all-electric homes after promoting the discounts for decades.

And about the same hour, Ohio Sens. Tim Grendell and Tom Patton filed a bill with the Senate that would go over the heads of state regulators and order FirstEnergy to immediately restore the discounts. Grendell cited a 1989 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that he says puts the final authority over utilities with lawmakers, not appointed regulators.

Kucinich is seeking an enormous number of documents from FirstEnergy and its operating companies, the Illuminating Co., Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison about the special rates it gave all-electric homes in a promotion that dates back more than 30 years.

As chairman of a subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the congressman demanded at least 14 categories of documents from the company, including information on the utility’s former all-electric promotions, promises made to consumers by utility sales staff and deals the utility may have made with builders of all-electric homes.

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