Oppose FirstEnergy electric security plan PUCO should make a decisive ruling against FirstEnergy, write three politicians worried about rising costs for consumers. (File photo)
EPA: Nearly 700 chemicals used in fracking EPA: Nearly 700 chemicals used in fracking
Bakken oil trains roll across Columbus Bakken oil trains roll across Columbus
US coal sector in ‘terminal decline’, financial analysts say A coal seam is blasted at a mine in Wyoming. At least 264 mines were closed between 2011 and 2013. Photograph: Robb Kendrick/NG/Alamy
Ohio Utility Bailouts What’s the problem?

What’s the problem?

Ohio is at a crossroads about the future of energy use in our state. As ratepayers we need to speak out now. Three of Ohio’s four largest utilities — companies that rarely agree on anything — are teaming up in an attempt to dial back on deregulation. AEP denied: one […]

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PUCO should make a decisive ruling against FirstEnergy, write three politicians worried about rising costs for consumers. (File photo)
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Oppose FirstEnergy electric security plan

CLEVELAND — “Analysts for the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council and the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel say consumers will lose big on the deal. They peg the cost of the current rate-increase proposal at an additional $3 billion over the next 15 years. Even FirstEnergy projects more than $400 million in […]

Thomas W. Johnson, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Energy

PUCO chairman resigns

Tom Johnson will remain a commissioner, however COLUMBUS — “Thomas Johnson has resigned as chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, citing unspecified personal reasons. While he will no longer be chairman, he will serve out his term as a commissioner on the five-member board. …He said in the […]

EPA: Nearly 700 chemicals used in fracking
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

EPA: Nearly 700 chemicals used in fracking

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Environment Protection Agency on Friday released a new analysis that concludes almost 700 chemical additives are used in hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas. Ninety-eight percent of the fluid injected into wells is water mixed with sand, which is used to keep fractures open so […]

Bakken oil trains roll across Columbus
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Bakken oil trains roll across Columbus

COLUMBUS — “Almost 1.4 million Ohioans live within a half-mile of railroad lines where some of the most-volatile crude oil in North America rolls by each week, a Dispatch analysis has found. Those people, about 12 percent of the state’s population, are at risk of being forced from their homes […]

Energy

Saving money on energy, 20 percent by 2020, means having more for everything else

CLEVELAND — “Energy efficiency is not always about partisan politics — even in a state like Ohio where some state lawmakers and electric utilities have vilified energy efficiency programs and scrapped efficiency standards for at least two years. Spending money now to permanently save on energy bills just makes good […]

Thomas Gregory Ferguson
Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action Board of Directors – Thomas Gregory Ferguson

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” – Baba Dioum of Senegal The Ohio Citizen Action board of directors voted in new board member Tommy Ferguson during their March, 2015 meeting. “We […]

A coal seam is blasted at a mine in Wyoming. At least 264 mines were closed between 2011 and 2013. Photograph: Robb Kendrick/NG/Alamy
Coal / Energy

US coal sector in ‘terminal decline’, financial analysts say

Over 200 mines shut down and industry loses 76% of its value in five years, report finds WASHINGTON, DC — “The US coal sector is in a “terminal decline” which has sent 26 companies bust in the last three years, according to financial analysts. A report by the Carbon Tracker […]

Wind turbines are an increasingly common sight as commercial wind farms proliferate.    Eyematrix
Clean Power Plan / Energy / FirstEnergy

Research: Ohio energy freeze resulting in millions in lost investment

COLUMBUS — “It’s been almost a year since Ohio lawmakers froze the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards, and some analysts say the damage is already unfolding. Researchers at the Center for American Progress interviewed business leaders in the renewable energy sector in Ohio, and senior policy advisor and report […]

Cartoon by Matt Davies.
AEP / Clean Power Plan / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether cost to cut air pollution outweighs health benefits

WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh whether the cost of cracking down on air pollution from coal-fired power plants outweighs the health benefits in a March 25 case on mercury emissions. Organizations that represent the coal and utility industries, as well as more than a dozen states […]

Solar panels in Crucey-Villages, central France, part of the building site of a photovoltaic park built by French Energy Giant EDF. New legislations forces all new commercial zone buildings to have panels or plants on top. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images
Energy

Truth: Rooftop solar capacity benefits all ratepayers

CLEVELAND — “The lie goes something like this: Households and business that install photovoltaic panels are doing so at the expense of other electricity ratepayers because they are “subsidized” by those that don’t have solar panels. The truth is this: Rooftop solar provides substantial benefits for everyone, regardless of who […]