Ohio scales back number of prisons reducing power

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says it’s scaling back the number of Ohio prisons participating in a program that generates money in return for big electricity users agreeing to reduce power during periods of high usage.

An agreement with Ohio-based KOREnergy Ltd. had involved 24 institutions that agreed to significantly reduce power on two hours notice in exchange for payments, whether the shutoffs are required.

Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman Ricky Seyfang said Thursday the state is limiting to five the number of participating prisons for quality of life reasons during the heat wave.

The program generated more than $1.3 million in the past three years.

The five: Chillicothe, Marion and Pickaway correctional institutions; Northeast Pre-Release Center in Cleveland; and the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown.

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