FirstEnergy mum on fate of two old Ohio power plants in regional auction State regulators approved a plan to help subsidize the Davis-Besse Plant in Ottawa County and other power plants across Ohio by having customers act like investors.
Electricity providers of the future: Not your grandmother’s utility Ivanpah, the world's largest solar farm, was funded largely by Google.
Advocates: Language in Ohio bill would ‘basically shut down’ solar Crews work on a solar farm near Minster, Ohio.  Photo: American Renewable Energy and Power
FirstEnergy rate plan gets retooled FirstEnergy rate plan gets retooled
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Ohio’s energy future: What’s the problem?

Ohio stands at a crossroads about its energy future. As ratepayers and citizens we need to speak out now.  In 2014, our state legislature passed a law putting a two year freeze on our clean energy standards. We need to get Ohio back on track to an efficient and clean […]

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AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Will Ohio’s energy industry be re-regulated?

COLUMBUS — “AEP and FirstEnergy customers were on a path where they were going to see increases on their electric bills. Those increases would’ve propped up coal plants that don’t perform well in the market. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — or FERC — stepped in and blocked the […]

State regulators approved a plan to help subsidize the Davis-Besse Plant in Ottawa County and other power plants across Ohio by having customers act like investors.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy mum on fate of two old Ohio power plants in regional auction

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy would not discuss the fate of its power plants Tuesday night in the annual 13-state auction that grid manager PJM held to identify the most economic power plants that will still be operating in 2019. A flock of new gas-fired power plants jumped into the PJM competition this […]

Ivanpah, the world's largest solar farm, was funded largely by Google.
Energy

Electricity providers of the future: Not your grandmother’s utility

OAKLAND, CA — “Ohio-based FirstEnergy is the poster child of utilities clinging to the past. But its actions reflect a greater trend that, if allowed to advance, would disrupt markets and discourage innovation in the U.S. electricity industry. Over the past two years, FirstEnergy pleaded with Ohio regulators to bail […]

Crews work on a solar farm near Minster, Ohio.  Photo: American Renewable Energy and Power
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Advocates: Language in Ohio bill would ‘basically shut down’ solar

COLUMBUS — “A bill to extend the “freeze” of Ohio’s renewable energy and efficiency standards also contains provisions that would undermine solar growth in the state, advocates say. SB 320, which was introduced last month, “is unprecedented as far as what it’s proposing,” said Amy Heart, senior manager of public policy […]

Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) Announces Selection of a Developer for Lake Erie Wind Farm. (PRNewsFoto/Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation)
Energy

U.S. DOE awards $3.7 million to Lake Erie wind turbine project

CLEVELAND — “The U.S. Department of Energy is advancing another $3.7 million to the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. to continue engineering work on a proposed wind turbine project in Lake Erie about seven to 10 miles northwest of downtown Cleveland. … LEEDCo is aiming to build a 20-megawatt demonstration project, […]

FirstEnergy rate plan gets retooled
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy rate plan gets retooled

COLUMBUS — “A scuttled rate plan by FirstEnergy Corp. that would have charged customers possibly $4 billion over the next eight years to subsidize the utility’s economically noncompetitive coal and nuclear power plants has been revised to allow it to create what amounts to a rainy day fund. That fund, […]

From the power plant to your electric bill: Critical point for the future of energy in Ohio
Coal / Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

From the power plant to your electric bill: Critical point for the future of energy in Ohio

COLUMBUS — “Also looming in Ohio are the green energy standards that require utilities to deliver a certain amount of renewable energy and the federal Clean Power Plan which strives to reduce the amount of carbon emissions. Republican Senator Bill Seitz of Cincinnati opposes those standards, but says all these […]

Ohio court backs PUCO on pricing
Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio court backs PUCO on pricing

Effort to set energy rates detoured by FERC decision COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously upheld the method that was used by state regulators to set current rates in the service territory of Toledo Edison parent FirstEnergy Corp. The decision comes as efforts to set rates for […]

FirstEnergy reiterates its reliance on coal alongside green initiatives at annual meeting
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy reiterates its reliance on coal alongside green initiatives at annual meeting

AKRON — “Energy efficiency, renewable energy and retiring coal-burning plants will be key tools as FirstEnergy Corp. moves toward producing cleaner energy, said President and CEO Charles E. Jones. But coal remains a key part of the company’s plans, he said Tuesday in response to a question at the company’s […]

Cathy Cowan Becker looks at electric bill in her Grove City home. Photo: Andy Chow
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

From the power plant to your electric bill: Federal ruling sets stage for big decisions

COLUMBUS — “What Cathy [Cowan Becker] and the 4.7 million other Ohio customers that pay for electricity might not realize yet is that the future of their electric bills and the energy industry are approaching a monumental moment. And a decision from federal regulators regarding coal plants may have set […]