UTILITIES

Customers could receive

slightly lower utility bills

FirstEnergy Corp.'s Ohio utilities — Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. and Toledo Edison — filed a stipulated agreement on Friday that will return a total of $900 million to customers as a result of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

Once approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity could expect to see an immediate $3.90 reduction in monthly bills, with the rest of the savings credited to customers over the next 25 years.

With the agreement, FirstEnergy's Ohio customers will receive 100 percent of the tax savings created by the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

The proposed settlement is supported by the PUCO, representatives of industrial and commercial customers, environmental advocates, hospitals, competitive generation suppliers and other parties, according to statement from FirstEnergy.

HOSPITALS

Akron Children's achieves

elite record system status

Akron Children’s Hospital announced it has achieved Stage 7 status through HIMSS Analytics, a nonprofit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. This puts Akron Children’s in the top 6 percent of hospitals nationwide to fully attain paperless electronic medical record implementation.

“This is a milestone achievement for Akron Children’s Hospital,” said Grace Wakulchik, president and CEO. “It represents our commitment as an organization, and the dedication of our Information Services Division and our caregivers, to ensuring that we have the best technology available to deliver the highest quality care at the bedside. Our investment in Epic is an investment in the health and well-being of the families we serve, and it is integral to our vision for the future.”

The hospital said in a news release it has invested more than $50 million in Epic, which now covers all inpatient and outpatient areas.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Marketing group honors

Heart to Heart executive

The Akron-Canton affiliate of National Sales & Marketing Executives has selected Jeremy Lile, executive director of Heart to Heart Communications, to receive its Outstanding Community Leader award.

He was chosen by NSME leaders based on nominations from local professionals, questionnaire responses provided by the nominees, and publicly available information. Criteria include community and civic involvement, professional experience and demonstrated performance.

He will be honored at NSME's “Accent on Excellence” reception Feb. 26 at the Tangier restaurant in Akron.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Flying automobiles

may be in GM future

General Motors has yet to deploy self-driving cars, but it’s already talking flying cars.

GM has had conversations with “air taxi” companies about using the carmaker’s autonomous and electric vehicle technology to create flying cars, Mike Abelson, GM’s vice president of global strategy, said this week at the FT Future of the Car Summit USA in Detroit.

 Some companies are building and testing flying cars, including Aston Martin and Rolls-Royce.