Anthony Alexander, FirstEnergy Corp.’s “outspoken” CEO, will move into the position of executive chairman beginning January 1, 2015, as the company’s board of directors voted Charles Jones as the new CEO of the Akron-based electric utility, Gongwer reports. Jones “most recently served as executive vice president and president of FirstEnergy Utilities, where he oversees the company’s 10 regulated distribution companies,” according to the report. Alexander said his successor is “an excellent choice to lead FirstEnergy,” saying, “[h]is deep knowledge of both our utility and competitive businesses and strong leadership skills will help continue FirstEnergy’s growth and support our drive to increase shareholder value.” Environmentalists hope the change “signals a shift in FirstEnergy’s policy toward green energy.” FirstEnergy was a key supporter of SB 310, the Ohio law that froze the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy requirements for two years, while many environmental groups opposed the law. Daniel Sawmiller of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign said the change in CEO provides “a new opportunity to invest in renewable energy, responsibly transition away from coal and give Ohio electricity customers the kind of affordable, clean, and safe power source they want and deserve.”