Archive for September, 2011

Vote Yes on Cincinnati Issue 44
Cincinnati Electric and Gas Aggregation

Vote Yes on Cincinnati Issue 44

Save money on your electric bill Many communities in the Greater Cincinnati area have saved their residential and small business customers money on their electric bills by “aggregating” – meaning forming a community buying group. The City of Cheviot saved their residents 63% over Duke’s best price when negotiating their […]

Coal / FirstEnergy

Children’s drawings for FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy Corp. says competition is keeping rates down, but few other suppliers actually exist here
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy Corp. says competition is keeping rates down, but few other suppliers actually exist here

CLEVELAND — “More than a decade ago Ohio decided that competition between electric companies would lower prices for businesses and consumers. And that is exactly what has happened, a top FirstEnergy Corp. executive said Wednesday at the Northern Ohio Energy Management Conference in downtown Akron. ‘Competition is working in Ohio,’ […]

Melink toasts energy dream: $0 electric bills
Energy

Melink toasts energy dream: $0 electric bills

CINCINNATI — “Steve Melink has achieved something most businesses and homeowners only dream about: The monthly electric bills on his 30,000-square-foot building in Union Township have been $0.00 the past five months. Melink, president and owner of Melink Corp., believes his 5-year-old energy-efficient building is one of the few buildings […]

Brazil soars in clean energy rankings
Energy

Brazil soars in clean energy rankings

With almost half of its energy supply generated by renewable sources, Brazil increasingly looks like a positive example for the rest of the world SAO PAOLO, Brazil — “There is an old joke that says Brazil is the country of the future – and always will be. But with rapid economic […]

AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Proposed AEP Ohio settlement would shut out successful governmental aggregation programs on November ballots

Plan will deny electric savings to more than 300,000 eligible households in Ohio AKRON — “The proposed settlement includes various provisions which effectively operate as a cap to shopping and would prevent a majority of AEP Ohio’s customers from shopping between 2012 and mid-2015.  The timing and design of these […]

Nuclear: Enthusiasm for reactor investment cools
Energy

Nuclear: Enthusiasm for reactor investment cools

LONDON, England — “In much of the world’s nuclear industry today, the watchwords are ‘make do and mend’. Even before the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of March 11, prospects for nuclear construction were looking difficult in most of the developed world, mostly because of shaky economics. Weak power demand because […]

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel recommends rejection of AEP settlement that would increase rates
AEP / Energy

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel recommends rejection of AEP settlement that would increase rates

COLUMBUS — “Electricity refunds and rate reductions that American Electric Power customers are entitled to would be eliminated if the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approves a settlement filed Sept. 7 by the utility, the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) said in testimony filed late yesterday. The […]

Drastic declines ahead for Appalachian coal, economic mainstay of hilly region
Coal

Drastic declines ahead for Appalachian coal, economic mainstay of hilly region

GARRETT, KY — “When business screeched to a halt at Jerry Howard’s eastern Kentucky mine engineering company two years ago, he decided to call it quits after four decades in the coal industry. ‘We were sort of forced out,’ Howard says of the former company, Walturn, where he was part […]

Critics: Ohio, industry too cozy
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Critics: Ohio, industry too cozy

COLUMBUS — “Environmental advocates have said for years that state officials and regulators are too cozy with industry and don’t give equal weight to public concerns. The growing interest in oil and gas in Ohio is simply another example, they complain. ‘These agencies have an open-door policy with industry that […]