Amid energy law freeze, Ohio solar market stalls Ohio SB 310 has already made it hard to finance any new solar projects in the state similar in scale to the Melink solar array at the Cincinnati Zoo. Photo by Kathiann M. Kowalski.
Poll: Most Ohioans say “no” to coal plant bailouts A new poll finds a majority of Ohio electricity customers favor renewable-energy sources and don't want to have to pay to bail out aging coal plants. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/morguefile
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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. Stop the bailout […]

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The federal government has proposed speed limits for trains carrying crude oil through urban areas.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Oil and gas production outpacing regulation, GAO says

WASHINGTON, DC — “Oil and gas production is outpacing both pipeline construction and regulation, and the U.S. Department of Transportation needs to consider making new rules, a federal agency said Monday. …The DOT began looking at safety regulations for pipelines in 2011, but didn’t propose new regulations. Since then pipeline […]

Kids’ drawing for clean energy in Ohio
Energy

Kids’ drawing for clean energy in Ohio

 

No solutions: Four problems FirstEnergy Solutions could not answer
Energy / FirstEnergy

No solutions: Four problems FirstEnergy Solutions could not answer

CLEVELAND — “In 2008, contracting for third-party electric generation became a viable option for FirstEnergy-Ohio commercial and industrial customers. At the time, any customer could contract with any electric generation provider it wanted, so long as the provider was FES. Competitors to FES were few and far between. That changed […]

PJM Energy Efficiency Consumer Savings
Energy

Is PJM costing consumers $1.3 billion by ignoring energy efficiency?

WASHINGTON, DC — “If a corporation’s accounting error could cost consumers $1.3 billion over three years, chances are public outcry would lead to a regulatory correction. But when it’s an energy efficiency calculation across the Mid-Atlantic causing the problem, not so much. According to a new analysis by the Brattle […]

A new report from Environment Ohio ranks Ohio fifth in the nation for the amount of carbon pollution spewed by power plants. Photo courtesy of the EPA.
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Report: Ohio in the top five states for carbon pollution

COLUMBUS — “The Buckeye State ranks fifth in the nation in a new list of states with the dirtiest air. According to the Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center, Ohio’s power plants spew as much carbon into the atmosphere as the entire nation of Kuwait. Nate Lotze, campaign organizer with […]

Supporters of renewable energy, efficiency standards question Senate leader’s picks for study panel
Energy

Supporters of renewable energy, efficiency standards question Senate leader’s picks for study panel

COLUMBUS — “A prominent supporter of renewable energy has accused Republicans in the Ohio Senate of being more interested in gutting than debating proposed energy-efficiency mandates. Jack Shaner of the Ohio Environmental Council noted that five of the six senators selected by Senate President Keith Faber to study the future of renewable […]

Murray: Radical environmentalists trying to destroy coal industry
Coal / Energy

Murray: Radical environmentalists trying to destroy coal industry

PITTSBURGH, PA — “Murray Energy Corp. founder and CEO Robert Murray said he is planning for reductions in coal prices and demand in the year ahead. Speaking during Platts’ 37th annual Coal Marketing Days conference, which is being held Monday and Tuesday in Pittsburgh, Murray said the negative outlook is […]

ODNR lifts ban on Weathersfield well No. 1
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

ODNR lifts ban on Weathersfield well No. 1

NILES — “The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has lifted its suspension on one of the two American Water Management Services injection wells in Weathersfield Township, the agency announced Thursday. In a prepared statement, ODNR spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle said that after analyzing data in the wake of a 2.1 magnitude […]

Ohio SB 310 has already made it hard to finance any new solar projects in the state similar in scale to the Melink solar array at the Cincinnati Zoo. Photo by Kathiann M. Kowalski.
Energy

Amid energy law freeze, Ohio solar market stalls

COLUMBUS — “By the time Ohio’s energy law freeze took effect last week, the new law had already caused a significant setback for the state’s solar energy sector. Ohio’s market for solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) dropped dramatically after Senate Bill 310 passed this spring and has not rebounded since. Yet […]

Virginia Dominion Power's Possum Point Power Station, near Dumfries, Va. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images) | Scott J. Ferrell via Getty Images
Coal / Coal Ash

Leaking Dominion Virginia Power coal ash ponds spur complaint

WASHINGTON, DC — “Three conservation groups accused Dominion Virginia Power Wednesday of illegally discharging coal ash waste into the Potomac River. Five coal ash ponds at Dominion’s Possum Point power plant, 30 miles south of Washington, ‘have been illegally leaking toxic pollutants for decades into groundwater and two popular waterways,’ the […]