Archive for August, 2011

Plenty of electricity despite wave of coal plant retirements
Coal / Energy

Plenty of electricity despite wave of coal plant retirements

VALLEY FORGE, PA — The regional electric grid will have enough power even with the anticipated wave of coal plant retirements, according to PJM Interconnection, the organization responsible for the world’s largest competitive wholesale electricity market. In an August 26 report, PJM concluded – Even with almost 7,000 MW less […]

New data site tracks oil, coal, gas political money
Coal / Energy

New data site tracks oil, coal, gas political money

Oil, coal and gas contributors to U.S. Senator Rob Portman. Visit site: dirtyenergymoney.com

Public hearings held for Duke Energy’s proposed rate increase
Coal / Duke Energy

Public hearings held for Duke Energy’s proposed rate increase

CINCINNATI — “A new plan on the table from Duke Energy may cost you more money even if you don’t buy your electricity from Duke. Ohio’s electric de-regulation law allows customers to pick who supplies their electricity, and right now, Duke has nearly 40 competitors in Ohio… However, Duke still delivers […]

Alexandria coal plant may shut by 2012
Coal

Alexandria coal plant may shut by 2012

ALEXANDRIA, VA — “Alexandria’s controversial coal-burning power plant, once considered one of the largest single sources of air pollution in the Washington area, will probably close by October 2012, its owner and the city announced Tuesday. The surprise announcement culminates a 12-year battle to close the six-decade-old Potomac River plant, […]

Coal

Children’s drawings for Senator Sherrod Brown

Energy

New wind turbine design can triple energy production

The Avenging Angel: Hilton Kelley’s fight to save his hometown
Good Neighbor Campaigns

The Avenging Angel: Hilton Kelley’s fight to save his hometown

PORT ARTHUR, TX — “On the fence line, common wisdom holds that you raise your voice for God and shut your mouth for oil. It’s a Do not bite the hand that feeds you kind of edict, and it sticks. But at the Shining Star Baptist Church in Beaumont a […]

Duke Energy plan on deck
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

Duke Energy plan on deck

CINCINNATI — “A proposed plan by Duke Energy that would cost every consumer in Southwest Ohio money – even if those consumers don’t purchase electricity from Duke – will get its first public hearing on Tuesday. Opponents say Duke’s proposal could mean sharply higher rates for customers and reverse a […]

Nuclear Regulatory Commission slaps FirstEnergy for safety violations at Perry nuclear power plant
Energy / FirstEnergy

Nuclear Regulatory Commission slaps FirstEnergy for safety violations at Perry nuclear power plant

CHICAGO — “Federal authorities, concerned about repeated safety violations at the Perry nuclear power plant, are increasing scrutiny of its operations. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday slapped FirstEnergy Corp. with a safety citation, saying Perry’s managers had not prepared contract workers to follow basic safety standards for radioactive material […]

How old are U.S. power plants?
Coal / Energy

How old are U.S. power plants?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “The current fleet of electric power generators has a wide range of ages. About 530 gigawatts, or 51% of all generating capacity, were at least 30 years old at the end of 2010. Trends in generating capacity additions vary by fuel type, for coal, hydropower, natural gas, […]