Archive for April, 2011

Gag rule latest assault on Consumers’ Counsel
Energy

Gag rule latest assault on Consumers’ Counsel

COLUMBUS – Sub. H.B. 153, the state operating budget bill now before the Ohio House Finance and Appropriations Committee, contains the following provision: Sec. 4911.02 (C): The counsel shall not advocate or otherwise promote any position contrary to development of competitive markets in this state, including the policies of this state […]

Energy

Casino developers take issue with tax requirement in state budget

COLUMBUS — “Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander on Friday begged the House Finance Committee to reconsider plans to cut the OCC budget in half, remove its contact info from utility bills, merge its call center with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and restrict positions the agency can take in […]

What’s the problem with AEP’s Muskingum River Power Plant?
AEP / Coal

What’s the problem with AEP’s Muskingum River Power Plant?

Our nation is in the midst of a transition away from dependence on coal-fired electricity. Markets are shifting as coal is replaced by natural gas, as the country moves away from the deplorable practice of mountaintop removal coal mining, as businesses and consumers are purchasing energy efficient appliances, machinery, decreasing […]

Larry Gibson: The Keeper of the Mountains
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Larry Gibson: The Keeper of the Mountains

CINCINNATI — “Ohio Citizen Action is a group of people out there doing it. They are literally bringing the environmental justice issues to doors of the people who are being affected. Lately, they’ve spent a lot of time on the Rumpke landfill expansion. This summer, they turn to the nastiest of […]

GOP hints at major changes it would make to Kasich budget proposal
Energy

GOP hints at major changes it would make to Kasich budget proposal

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, which represents more than 4 million residential utility customers, is still on deck to see its power and clout curtailed. The Kasich administration called for a 50 percent funding cut to the OCC. The House also wants to restrict positions the counsel can take […]

Natural gas more crucial than ever
Baard Energy / Coal / Energy

Natural gas more crucial than ever

WARREN — “Now that the multi-billion-dollar Baard Energy project in Columbiana County is pretty much dead, the Mahoning Valley’s effort to turn natural gas into an economic heyday becomes more important. Although Baard’s coal liquification plant was to be constructed in and around Wellsville, the impact of what was once […]

LG&E, KU may retire coal-fired units
Coal / Energy

LG&E, KU may retire coal-fired units

LOUISVILLE, KY —Mirroring a national trend toward cleaner air, Louisville Gas and Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities are making initial plans to retire coal-burning units at three aging power plants within five years, including the Cane Run station in western Louisville. According to long-range planning documents filed late last week […]

Guest column: 51% budget cut would handicap performance
Energy

Guest column: 51% budget cut would handicap performance

COLUMBUS — “The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) was established in 1976 as the sole statutory representative of Ohio’s electric, natural gas, telephone and water residential customers. Our office has a great story to tell about benefits the OCC has provided all utility customers to ensure utility rates […]

Make AEP pay now, PUCO told
AEP / Energy

Make AEP pay now, PUCO told

Advocate wants $175 million rate reduction, or refund COLUMBUS — “If the choice is pay me now or pay me later, American Electric Power customers should get immediate rate relief, the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel told state regulators yesterday. In a filing with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, the Consumers’ […]

Greening the world begins at home
AMP / Coal

Greening the world begins at home

YELLOW SPRINGS — “Yellow Springs’ greening was partly intentional and partly a matter of circumstance. The southwestern Ohio town of 3,400 eschewed the path of continued fossil fuel burning in 2007 when it considered, concurrently, an offer to build a coal plant and a recommendation to upgrade its electric infrastructure […]