Geniro Dingle, 22, of Akron, said he feared that the plan would hurt low-income Akron residents who cannot afford more costly electric bills.
Critics called the utility’s proposal unnecessary and costly and said it would force customers to subsidize some of its power plants through a surcharge on electric bills over the next 15 years.
Support for the plan came from a range of elected and labor officials stretching from Akron to the Ohio River.
They included Summit County Executive Russ Pry; Richard Rebadow, executive vice president of the Greater Akron Chamber; Akron company owner Paul Thomario; and Fred Wright, president and CEO of the Akron Urban League.
All said they supported the plan because it would assure low-cost reliable electricity.