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Free Light Bulb Plan Gets Regulators' OK

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved a revised program for FirstEnergy Corp. to distribute free CFLs.  The program was postponed in late 2009 after customers and politicians sharply criticized the utility's initial proposal to distribute two CFLs door to door in a mandatory program. As part of the revised light bulb program, FirstEnergy customers can immediately begin calling 888-846-2235 to request up to six bulbs for free. The bulbs will be mailed to homes or businesses within four to six weeks at no cost. By April or May, customers who want more CFLs will be able to buy them through an online store or such area retailers as Home Depot and Lowe's for no more than 50 cents per bulb, until the 4 million bulbs run out.

3/24 The Akron Beacon Journal