Increasing electric bills to bolster a utility credit rating opposed The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus (Credit: Ohio Department of Development).
Proposed Ohio subsidy for coal-fired power plants now uncertain AEP's Clifty Creek power plant in Madison, Indiana is among the facilities covered under income guarantee plans recently approved by Ohio regulators. 
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Ohio budget amendments: another utility ‘bailout’ and a rollback of wind setbacks The Ohio Statehouse (Credit: Tlarrow/Creative Commons)
Electric bill increases guaranteed in Ohio if certain legislation passes The Oregon Clean Energy Center, an 860-megawatt gas turbine power plant east of Toledo, is expected to begin commercial operations within weeks. Private developers raised the $800 million to build the plant, which will sell its power into wholesale electric markets. Oregon's developers are building a similar plant in Lordstown and are seeking permits to build a second plant at each location. Utility legislation pending before the Ohio legislature to subsidize old nuclear and coal power plants could derail those plans. (Oregon Clean Energy Center)
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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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Fix the setback to end a setback: editorial
Wind Energy

Fix the setback to end a setback: editorial

AKRON — “Three years ago, Ohio erected a roadblock to the development of wind power in the state. It all but halted new investment. Now the pieces have aligned at the Statehouse to make the needed correction. The Republican majority in the Senate has included a remedy in its version […]

The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus (Credit: Ohio Department of Development).
Energy

Increasing electric bills to bolster a utility credit rating opposed

CLEVELAND — “A proposal allowing electric utilities to ask for a rate increase to keep their credit rating healthy has run into a buzz saw of opposition. The latest count is that nine organizations representing consumers, businesses both small and large and the state’s major industries are firing opposition letters […]

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AEP / Renewable Energy

AEP renewable energy charge getting scrutiny

COLUMBUS — “Your bill from American Electric Power is the sum of many parts, including a charge for renewable-energy programs. That charge has doubled at the same time that the overall bill has decreased. Called the Alternative Energy Rider, the charge is about $2 for a typical household this month. […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant.
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Regardless of whether FirstEnergy nuke plants receive subsidies, electricity supply will remain reliable

CLEVELAND — “There will be no reliability issues with electricity in Northeast Ohio if the Ohio Legislature refuses to subsidize FirstEnergy Corp.’s nuclear plants in Toledo and Perry — or even if the plants close down. Those aren’t likely words that the Akron-based utility wants to hear as Ohio lawmakers […]

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Utilities

Ohio Senate budget bill lets PUCO charge power customers higher rate to keep up utility credit ratings

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s utility regulator could consider a utility’s credit rating when establishing base rates paid by customers, an apparent nod to FirstEnergy Solutions, the unregulated subsidiary of Akron electric utility FirstEnergy Corp. ‘Ratepayers in all six (electric utility) service areas could pay higher electricity charges under this,’ according to […]

The Ohio legislature should get rid of damaging wind setback: editorial
Wind Energy

The Ohio legislature should get rid of damaging wind setback: editorial

CLEVELAND — “The state Senate is moving to undo a bad mistake the General Assembly made in 2014, a job-killing mistake that’s been strangling wind-energy investments in Ohio. In 2014, Senate Republicans tucked into an 822-page mid-biennium budget review (HB 483) a rider that more than doubled the distance a wind […]

AEP's Clifty Creek power plant in Madison, Indiana is among the facilities covered under income guarantee plans recently approved by Ohio regulators. 
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Coal / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Proposed Ohio subsidy for coal-fired power plants now uncertain

COLUMBUS — “A proposal to subsidize two coal-fired power plants is no longer on a fast track and might not pass at all. This is a shift from last month, when House Bill 239 seemed to be moving quickly toward becoming law, despite opposition from consumer and environmental groups. The […]

The Ohio Statehouse (Credit: Tlarrow/Creative Commons)
Utilities / Wind Energy

Ohio budget amendments: another utility ‘bailout’ and a rollback of wind setbacks

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s budget bill reported out of the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday comes with an amendment that would expressly authorize extra charges to ratepayers to support utilities’ financial health. Meanwhile, another amendment would relax the tripled wind turbine setbacks that were included at the last minute in a 2014 […]

IEEFA Report: ‘National security’ argument for saving 2 power plants is a red herring meant to distract from an Ohio Valley Electric bailout
Ohio Utility Bailouts / Research & Reports

IEEFA Report: ‘National security’ argument for saving 2 power plants is a red herring meant to distract from an Ohio Valley Electric bailout

CLEVELAND — “The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a research brief questioning a bill in the Ohio legislature that would bail out two failing coal-fired power plants owned by the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) and keep the plants alive at huge expense to ratepayers. […]

The Kyger Creek power plant in Cheshire, Ohio, on the Ohio River began operating in 1955 to make power for a uranium enrichment plant in Piketon, Ohio. Since 2003, the plant, which is owned by a company created by other electric utilities, has been selling its power either into wholesale markets or sending it to its member companies. Now the plant is facing competition from natural gas turbine power plants, which can make electricity at a lower cost (Credit: Ohio Valley Electric Corp).
Coal / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Don’t subsidize coal, Consumers’ Counsel, NOPEC, AARP, Ohio Manufacturers’ Association tell lawmakers

CLEVELAND — “Ohio lawmakers and opponents of controversial ‘fast-tracked’ legislation designed to shift the costs of two 62-year-old coal power plants to consumers are heading for a showdown this week. Two bills, which have been moving through both the House and Senate utilities committees, were to be voted out of […]