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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 shut-offs are required.

Department of Rehabilitation and Correction spokeswoman Ricky Seyfang (SEYE'-fang) 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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