Archive for June, 2011

Cleveland coal plant harms low-income communities and communities of color
Coal / FirstEnergy

Cleveland coal plant harms low-income communities and communities of color

CLEVELAND — “A new national NAACP report, ‘Coal Blooded: Putting Profits over People‘, identifies Lake Shore Plant in Cleveland, as the nation’s sixth-most harmful plant for low-income communities and communities of color, receiving a grade of ‘F’. On Thursday, June 30, NAACP leaders will release the report and urge Cleveland […]

Coal Executive Roundtable
Coal / Energy

Coal Executive Roundtable

TULSA, OK — “Robert L. Reymond, PE, associate vice president, Energy Group, Burns & McDonnell: ‘I think that what we are going to see over the next three to four years is a lot of work in the engineering construction business in the power industry driven by regulation, specifically in terms of […]

AEP spent $2 million lobbying in the 1st quarter
AEP / Coal

AEP spent $2 million lobbying in the 1st quarter

NEW YORK, NY — “Electric utility American Electric Power Co. spent $2 million lobbying the government in the first quarter on clean air and clean water rules, according to a recent disclosure report. That’s about half of the $3.6 million that the company spent in the fourth quarter of last […]

AGING NUKES, PART 4 of 4: NRC and industry rewrite nuke history
Energy / Uncategorized

AGING NUKES, PART 4 of 4: NRC and industry rewrite nuke history

ROCKVILLE, MD — “When commercial nuclear power was getting its start in the 1960s and 1970s, industry and regulators stated unequivocally that reactors were designed only to operate for 40 years. Now they tell another story — insisting that the units were built with no inherent life span, and can […]

Cuomo takes tough stance on nuclear reactors
Energy / Uncategorized

Cuomo takes tough stance on nuclear reactors

ALBANY, N.Y. — “One of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s top advisers met with the operators of the Indian Point nuclear plant last week and told them that the governor was determined to close the plant. Mr. Cuomo is not the first politician or the first governor to take that position, […]

The silent Energy [R]evolution
Energy / Uncategorized

The silent Energy [R]evolution

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — “This new analysis of the global power plant market shows that since the late 1990s, wind and solar installations grew faster than any other power plant technology across the world – about 430,000 MW total installed capacity between 2000 and 2010. . . Between 1970 and 1990, […]

Coal / Duke Energy

Miami Fort coal plant model helps recruit coal campaign volunteers at 2011 Paddlefest

CONEY ISLAND AMUSEMENT PARK, CINCINNATI — A model of Miami Fort coal plant drew the eyes of many Paddlefest participants last Friday and led to great conversations with Ohio Citizen Action staff. The model, made by Cincinnati Ohio Citizen Action canvassers, stood out among the water sports gear, canoes and […]

Natural gas industry strikes back at New York Times article
Hydraulic Fracturing

Natural gas industry strikes back at New York Times article

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — “Weekend New York Times articles that questioned whether the productivity and economic potential of shale gas has been overhyped by industry officials created a furor Monday among oil and gas executives as well as academic officials who study the industry. ‘Are you telling me some reporter […]

Behind veneer, doubt on future of natural gas
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Behind veneer, doubt on future of natural gas

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Energy companies have worked hard to promote the idea that natural gas is the fossil fuel of tomorrow, and they have found reliable allies among policy makers in Washington. ‘The potential for natural gas is enormous,’ President Obama said in a speech this year, having cited it […]

Insiders sound an alarm amid a natural gas rush
Hydraulic Fracturing

Insiders sound an alarm amid a natural gas rush

NEW YORK, NY — “In the e-mails, energy executives, industry lawyers, state geologists and market analysts voice skepticism about lofty forecasts and question whether companies are intentionally, and even illegally, overstating the productivity of their wells and the size of their reserves. Many of these e-mails also suggest a view […]