Created on Friday, 19 July 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.