World Bank rejects energy industry notion that coal can cure poverty Smoke is emitted from chimneys at the Waigaoqiao coal-fired power plant in Pudong, Shanghai. Photograph: Imaginechina/Corbis
FirstEnergy wants Ohio to end deregulation, return to state-controlled rates he W.H. Sammis power plant's future operation could be more difficult under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rules on power plant carbon dioxide emissions.
Coal is losing the war Coal is losing the war
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. Duke and AEP […]

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Video: June 15, 2015 Day of Action
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Video: June 15, 2015 Day of Action

COLUMBUS — On June 15, 2015 Ohio Citizen Action and Ohio Sierra Club members and volunteers from all over FirstEnergy’s service territory came to Columbus to deliver a message to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and Governor John Kasich.

Chuck Jones,  FirstEnergy CEO
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy CEO says it’s time to get conversation rolling about ending deregulation

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp.’s new chief executive officer thinks it’s time to have conversations about ending deregulation of the electric utility industry in Ohio, a move that some may argue is an about-face from the company’s stance in 2008. He also is making it a priority to ensure that the […]

Smoke is emitted from chimneys at the Waigaoqiao coal-fired power plant in Pudong, Shanghai. Photograph: Imaginechina/Corbis
Coal / Energy

World Bank rejects energy industry notion that coal can cure poverty

Bank has stopped funding new coal projects except in ‘rare circumstances’ LONDON, ENGLAND — “The World Bank said coal was no cure for global poverty on Wednesday, rejecting a main industry argument for building new fossil fuel projects in developing countries. In a rebuff to coal, oil and gas companies, […]

Home solar panels going up across Ohio and the nation like this one are beginning to disturb electric utility executives who must absorb and pay for the extra power these systems generate. Utilities are fighting back, trying to limit how much power they must buy.
Energy

Solar power sparks resistance from Ohio utiities

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy and Columbus-based American Electric Power have already taken the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to the Ohio Supreme Court over how much they must pay solar owners for excess power and how much excess power they are required to buy. The court instructed the commission to take […]

Coming soon: Final EPA ‘Clean Power Plan’
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Coming soon: Final EPA ‘Clean Power Plan’

WASHINGTON, DC — “All we really know for sure, though, is that EPA’s current regulatory agenda says that the final rule is due out in August, and that it’s still listed as being under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Here in West Virginia, of course, […]

he W.H. Sammis power plant's future operation could be more difficult under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rules on power plant carbon dioxide emissions.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy wants Ohio to end deregulation, return to state-controlled rates

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp. wants Ohio to re-regulate the electric utility industry, hoping to end an era the company itself fought for just seven years ago, in which electricity rates were set by wholesale markets without interference from the state. …Jones said FirstEnergy’s future is at risk if it cannot […]

Since 2008, coal has dropped from nearly half the U.S. power market to about 37 percent. | AP Photo
Coal / Energy

Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states

WASHINGTON, DC — “A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants. At the same time, the court upheld the EPA’s right to impose the […]

New report reveals corporate-funded Hydra head blocking U.S. renewable energy
Energy

New report reveals corporate-funded Hydra head blocking U.S. renewable energy

WASHINGTON, DC — “The report has citation after citation raising dire questions about the state, and often lack thereof, of U.S. democracy. But just as important is the premise it presents. In a nutshell, it’s not just about money in politics and lobbying alone. It’s that these industry-funded front groups play a central […]

Karaoke Challenge July 31, 2015 in Cincinnati
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Karaoke Challenge July 31, 2015 in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI — “Live the rock star dream in this live band karaoke contest fundraiser, featuring Sexy Time (the live band karaoke guys) and the Make Me Sing Scare-aoke Challenge. Admission: Suggested contribution of $20. Tickets also available at the door. Proceeds benefit Ohio Citizen Action’s campaigns to stop a consumer bailout […]

Coal is losing the war
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Coal is losing the war

Yes, there’s a war on coal, but the industry’s list of enemies goes way beyond the government PITTSBURGH, PA — “There is, indeed, a war on coal going on. But while politicians and industry lobbyists tend to identify the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama administration as coal’s chief antagonists, […]