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Ohio's top utility regulator to leave job for private sector
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Ohio’s top utility regulator to leave job for private sector

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s top utility regulator is stepping down from his post about a year after being appointed.

Andre (OHN’-dray) Porter, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, resigned Friday for a job in the private sector. He leaves May 20.

Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) appointed Porter to a five-year term in April 2015. A nominating commission will be appointed to recommend a replacement.

Porter’s decision comes the same week federal regulators dealt a blow to the Ohio commission over a pair of energy deals it approved last month. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says the power purchase agreements, filed separately by Columbus-based AEP and Akron-based FirstEnergy, cannot take effect until they are approved at the federal level.

A PUCO spokeswoman says Porter’s decision is unrelated. Porter’s letter calls the decision “very difficult.”

Related: Diesel spill reported on Ohio River in Illinois.

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