Bill in Ohio House would permanently subsidize 2 coal-fired power plants The bill in the Ohio House is limited to two coal-fired power plants owned by Ohio Valley Electric, a consortium of Ohio utilities that includes investor-owned companies like AEP and FirstEnergy, as well as electric cooperative Buckeye Power. photo: Columbus Dispatch
FirstEnergy still wants aid; Ohio House halts hearings Power lines outside of the Davis Besse nuclear power station east of Toledo. photo: The Toledo Blade
Dear AEP: Ohioans work hard to afford our bills and conserve electricity- don’t make it harder with big hikes in customer charges Dear AEP: Ohioans work hard to afford our bills and conserve electricity- don’t make it harder with big hikes in customer charges
FirstEnergy nuclear hearings suspended in Ohio House The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station at Oak Harbor, Ohio, would have a guaranteed buyer for all its output if the PUCO approves a FirstEnergy plan. Photo by Kathiann M. Kowalski.
Ohio's Clean Energy Future Ohio’s energy future: No time to waste

Ohio’s energy future: No time to waste

For years Ohio’s lack of a comprehensive, long-term energy policy has harmed our economy and our health by continuing our reliance on burning coal for electricity. Now we finally have a chance to move forward. During a 2-year legislative “freeze” on our energy efficiency and renewable energy progress, utility companies […]

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Clean air victory!

Today we learned we have won our lawsuit against U.S. EPA for failure to update air pollution limits within an eight-year timeframe, as required by the federal Clean Air Act. We sued on behalf of two members and many other Ohio communities suffering from toxic air emissions from facilities including […]

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Harmful algae bloom photographed in the summer of 2011 (credit: NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory).
Lake Erie / Water Quality

US won’t force Ohio to label Lake Erie ‘impaired’

TOLEDO — “Documents released late Monday show the federal government won’t compel the state to declare Ohio’s portion of western Lake Erie as impaired, a move that environmentalists and Lucas County commissioners believe will hurt the lake’s future water quality. And, in a separate-but-related matter, the Trump Administration released its […]

The bill in the Ohio House is limited to two coal-fired power plants owned by Ohio Valley Electric, a consortium of Ohio utilities that includes investor-owned companies like AEP and FirstEnergy, as well as electric cooperative Buckeye Power. photo: Columbus Dispatch
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Bill in Ohio House would permanently subsidize 2 coal-fired power plants

COLUMBUS — “A new proposal in the Ohio House would provide a perpetual subsidy for two coal-fired power plants owned jointly by American Electric Power and just about every other major electricity utility in the state. House Bill 239 calls for the owners of Ohio Valley Electric Corp. to receive […]

Power lines outside of the Davis Besse nuclear power station east of Toledo. photo: The Toledo Blade
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy still wants aid; Ohio House halts hearings

$300M a year sought to subsidize nuclear power plants COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy’s president on Thursday sought to keep legislation on track in the Senate to authorize up to $300 million a year in customer subsidies for its two struggling nuclear power plants even as the House has halted hearings. ‘I […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant would be more competitive under a new proposal from PJM Interconnection, the company that manages the high-voltage grid in Ohio and 12 other states. But plant owner FirstEnergy is asking for a customer surcharge to raise more money for its nuclear fleet (credit: Plain Dealer file).
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones appeals to Ohio Senate committee to support nuclear power subsidy

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy’s effort to persuade state lawmakers that its nuclear power plants won’t survive without a state-mandated customer surcharge is now focused on the Ohio Senate. FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones, accompanied by lobbyists, told members of the Senate Public Utilities Committee on Thursday that its Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear […]

UMWA members rally in Lexington, Kentucky, in support of legislation to fully fund pensions and health benefits (credit: Becca Schimmel/Ohio Valley ReSource).
Reclaim Act

Mending mining country: Three ways Trump could help miners and coal communities

ATHENS — “At a March ceremony to sign an executive order reversing Obama-era environmental regulations, coal miners were arranged on stage around President Donald Trump as he took up his pen. ‘You know what it says, right?’ Trump asked the miners. ‘You’re going back to work.’ From his campaign rallies […]

Dear AEP: Ohioans work hard to afford our bills and conserve electricity- don’t make it harder with big hikes in customer charges
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

Dear AEP: Ohioans work hard to afford our bills and conserve electricity- don’t make it harder with big hikes in customer charges

Using more electricity means your monthly utility bill goes up. And using less means your bill goes down, right? That’s what you’d expect, but that’s not what Ohio households will experience if the state’s Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) goes along with new proposals from the state’s leading utility […]

The Perry nuclear power plant would get a consumer-paid subsidy if a proposal by its owner FirstEnergy is approved by Ohio lawmakers. The company is also hoping the Trump administration will re-design regional wholesale power markets to give more money to companies with large coal and nuclear power plants, even if the power the generate is more costly than that of wind and gas turbine plants. (photo: JOHN KUNTZ)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Lucas Co. commissioners against new subsidies for FirstEnergy

TOLEDO — “Lucas County Commissioners today urged state lawmakers to reject a proposal to create new subsidies for FirstEnergy to shore up its struggling nuclear power plants and have the utility’s customers foot the bill through rate increases. House Bill 178, or the Zero Emission Nuclear credit bill, would provide a […]

FirstEnergy's Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Toledo, along with the company's Perry nuclear power plant near Cleveland and its Beaver Valley reactors near Pittsburgh cannot compete well against new gas turbine plants and may be sold in bankruptcy proceedings if the state does not authorize additional customer charges. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has required major upgrades in recent years to defend against terrorists and to withstand natural disasters such as earthquakes (credit: Plain Dealer file).
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy CEO says ZEC legislation may be too late to help

AKRON — “FirstEnergy’s top executive said today he does not expect Ohio lawmakers to vote until fall on legislation authorizing zero emission credits. ‘If it is going to happen, it will be later this year. If it is not going to happen, we’ll know sooner,’ said Chuck Jones, CEO, in […]

Protesters stood outside a Kroger's shareholding meeting to protest the use of BPA, a controversial chemical used in food packaging.
Right-to-Know

Nationwide testing shows many canned foods still contain chemical linked to cancer, birth defects

33% of Kroger’s “private label” food cans tested positive for this harmful chemical CINCINNATI — Despite well-documented health hazards and years of scientific warnings, a new report, “Kicking the Can? Major retailers still selling canned food with BPA,” released today shows that millions of Americans who eat canned foods are […]

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station at Oak Harbor, Ohio, would have a guaranteed buyer for all its output if the PUCO approves a FirstEnergy plan. Photo by Kathiann M. Kowalski.
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy nuclear hearings suspended in Ohio House

CLEVELAND — The chairman of the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee has suspended further hearings — and a vote — on a proposed bill allowing FirstEnergy to create a special customer charge to subsidize its nuclear power plant fleet. ‘We have heard over 10 hours of testimony on this bill [House […]