New wind and solar power is cheaper than existing coal in much of the U.S., analysis finds GRAFTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 4: Employees from a Radian Generation's operations and maintenance team change out a faulty solar inverter along a row of solar panels December 4, 2017 at the family-owned Knowlton Farm in Grafton, Massachusetts. The 3.7 megawatt solar array is owned and operated by BlueWave Solar which feeds the generated electricity to homes and small businesses in nearby municipalities. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)
Rep. Dick Stein (R-Norwalk) should be removed as Co-chair of House Energy Generation Subcommittee Rep. Dick Stein (R-Norwalk) should be removed as Co-chair of House Energy Generation Subcommittee
Judge derails FES plan to exit bankruptcy while lawmakers consider bail-out bills Judge derails FES plan to exit bankruptcy while lawmakers consider bail-out bills
Nuclear industry pushing for fewer inspections at plants The Byron nuclear plant in Illinois.  The nuclear power industry is pushing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to cut back on inspections at nuclear power plants and throttle back what it tells the public about plant problems. 
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Featured Story Ohio Citizen Action testimony to PUCO, Dec 4, 2018

Ohio Citizen Action testimony to PUCO, Dec 4, 2018

COLUMBUS — Good morning, I’m Rachael Belz, Executive Director of Ohio Citizen Action. I’m here today to provide testimony in favor of American Electric Power’s application 18-501-EL-FOR to add renewable generating facilities to their energy portfolio. Ohio Citizen Action had worked on both consumer and environmental community issues in Ohio […]

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Consumers score a victory on Dayton Power & Light fixed rate charge

COLUMBUS — Dayton Power & Light customers will not have to pay a $13 monthly fixed rate or customer charge on their bills, thanks to a settlement reached among the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and consumer and environmental advocates on June 22. The charge will increase to $7 per month, but […]

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GRAFTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 4: Employees from a Radian Generation's operations and maintenance team change out a faulty solar inverter along a row of solar panels December 4, 2017 at the family-owned Knowlton Farm in Grafton, Massachusetts. The 3.7 megawatt solar array is owned and operated by BlueWave Solar which feeds the generated electricity to homes and small businesses in nearby municipalities. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)
Coal / Renewable Energy / Research & Reports / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

New wind and solar power is cheaper than existing coal in much of the U.S., analysis finds

“Not a single coal-fired power plant along the Ohio River will be able to compete on price with new wind and solar power by 2025, according to a new report by energy analysts. The same is true for every coal plant in a swath of the South that includes the […]

Bailout chances may be good for FirstEnergy Solutions’ Ohio nuclear plants
Energy / FirstEnergy

Bailout chances may be good for FirstEnergy Solutions’ Ohio nuclear plants

AKRON — “Akron’s FirstEnergy Solutions (FES) is still on track to shutter its Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants in 2020 and 2021, respectively, but some observers now predict the company will get a state bailout for the plants instead. The company is hoping the state will grant what are known as zero […]

Rep. Dick Stein (R-Norwalk) should be removed as Co-chair of House Energy Generation Subcommittee
Energy / Renewable Energy

Rep. Dick Stein (R-Norwalk) should be removed as Co-chair of House Energy Generation Subcommittee

On March 21,2019 I wrote to Speaker Larry Householder on behalf of Ohio Citizen Action and its 32,000 members asking to remove Representative Dick Stein (R-Norwalk) as Co-chairman of the Ohio House Subcommittee on Energy Generation. As an organization with a strong commitment to in-state, clean, renewable energy sources such […]

Judge derails FES plan to exit bankruptcy while lawmakers consider bail-out bills
FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Judge derails FES plan to exit bankruptcy while lawmakers consider bail-out bills

AKRON — “After presiding over a full day of arguments, the judge this week refused to approve a complicated disclosure statement the company must send to its creditors who will then have the right to approve or reject the company’s plan to re-organize itself, after which the court will still […]

The Byron nuclear plant in Illinois.  The nuclear power industry is pushing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to cut back on inspections at nuclear power plants and throttle back what it tells the public about plant problems. 
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Michael Kappel / Creative Commons
Nuclear Energy

Nuclear industry pushing for fewer inspections at plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “The Trump NRC appointees and industry representatives say changes in oversight are warranted to reflect the industry’s overall improved safety records and its financial difficulties, as the operating costs of the country’s aging nuclear plants increase and affordable natural gas and solar and wind power gain in […]

Ohio and Pennsylvania consider nuclear plant bailouts
Nuclear Energy

Ohio and Pennsylvania consider nuclear plant bailouts

“Drillers and gas-fired power plant operators are girding to fight measures to save money-losing reactors in the Keystone and Buckeye states, saying they’ve learned from past defeats and are better positioned to win. The looming debates are a key test of how far lawmakers in shale gas country are willing […]

Who’s afraid of FirstEnergy Solutions’ restructuring plan? Every government agency that has seen it
FirstEnergy

Who’s afraid of FirstEnergy Solutions’ restructuring plan? Every government agency that has seen it

PITTSBURGH, PA — “Under the plan, the restructured company would emerge from bankruptcy owning the undesirable coal power plants and nuclear units that drove the division into bankruptcy — including two power stations in Beaver County -— along with the retail customer business that FirstEnergy Corp. had earlier agreed to […]

Plunging prices mean building new renewable energy is cheaper than running existing coal
Coal / Renewable Energy

Plunging prices mean building new renewable energy is cheaper than running existing coal

LONDON, ENGLAND — “A new report reveals 42% of global coal capacity is currently unprofitable, and the United States could save $78 billion by closing coal-fired power plants in line with the Paris Climate Accord’s climate goals.  This industry-disrupting trend comes down to dollars and cents, as the cost of renewable energy […]

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Energy / Renewable Energy

Utilities, fossil fuel could win big from Ohio bill to reduce regulations

Senate Bill 1 would require state agencies to cut 30 percent of regulations within three years, or eliminate two for every new one implemented COLUMBUS — “A broad proposal in Ohio to slash state regulations by 30 percent across the board could further tilt the playing field against renewable energy […]

PUCO committee gives Gov. DeWine choice of 4 applicants for commission seat
Utilities

PUCO committee gives Gov. DeWine choice of 4 applicants for commission seat

CLEVELAND — “Two of the four recommended candidates have consumer-oriented backgrounds, somewhat of a rarity for a commission that has been dominated by members who have backgrounds with utilities. The PUCO’s role is to regulate the state’s investor-owned utilities. The two candidates with consumer backgrounds are: Bryce McKenney, of Columbus, an […]