Archive for February, 2012

Power plant in Avon Lake set to close by April 2015
Coal / Energy

Power plant in Avon Lake set to close by April 2015

AVON LAKE — “GenOn Energy plans to deactivate its coal-fired power plant in Avon Lake by April 2015. According to a press release posted on the energy company’s website, the Avon Lake plant is one of many to be closed because of an insufficient return on investment. ‘GenOn expects to […]

Chicago’s 2 coal-fired plants to shut down sooner than expected
Coal

Chicago’s 2 coal-fired plants to shut down sooner than expected

CHICAGO, IL — “Chicago’s two coal-fired power plants will shut down sooner than expected under a deal to be announced today by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and environmental groups. Midwest Generation will close the Fisk plant in the Pilsen neighborhood by December and the Crawford plant in Little Village by the […]

Kasich energy bill will focus on oil and gas industry
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Kasich energy bill will focus on oil and gas industry

CLEVELAND — Ohio Governor John Kasich presented an outline of his energy policy  to the Greater Cleveland Partnership on February 28. The Partnership is the name for the Cleveland Area’s Chamber of Commerce. Dominating the priority list is promotion of the oil and gas industry.  Kasich said his policy would […]

GenOn Reports 2011 Results and Announces Expected Deactivation of Generation Units
Coal / Energy

GenOn Reports 2011 Results and Announces Expected Deactivation of Generation Units

HOUSTON, TX — “The units expected to be deactivated and timeframes are subject to further review based on market conditions. In particular, while the initial analysis for additional environmental controls at Avon Lake indicated that forecasted returns on those investments were insufficient, the evaluation of the returns on those environmental […]

Fifteen ‘Near-Misses’ at U.S. Nuclear Plants in 2011
Energy / FirstEnergy

Fifteen ‘Near-Misses’ at U.S. Nuclear Plants in 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “The Union of Concerned Scientists has documented 15 “near-misses” at 13 U.S. nuclear plants during 2011 and evaluates the response of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to each event in a report released today. The second in an annual series of reports, “The NRC and Nuclear Power Plant […]

FirstEnergy blames absence of weatherproofing for cracks at Davis-Besse building
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy blames absence of weatherproofing for cracks at Davis-Besse building

AKRON — “The FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. unit of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) has blamed the absence of an exterior weatherproofing coating for cracks in the Shield Building of its Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant in Northwest Ohio. FirstEnergy’s finding is contained in its Root Cause Analysis Report, which explored the […]

New mountaintop removal campaign kicks off in Washington, DC
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

New mountaintop removal campaign kicks off in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC — “Carting along reams of shocking peer-reviewed scientific studies that have been ignored by their own elected officials, the Appalachian Community Health Emergency (ACHE) marks the launch of a weekly frontline citizens initiative in Washington, DC with national human rights and health organizations to prod the Obama administration […]

AEP

Increase in fee is sought by AEP

Without higher charge, company fears fiscal crisis COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power is asking state regulators to allow the company to increase a fee it charges customers who switch from the utility’s service to an alternative electricity provider. Without this charge, which would apply to both residential and business customers, […]

New York rulings could embolden towns to ban fracking
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

New York rulings could embolden towns to ban fracking

ALBANY, NY — “Two cases decided last week upholding the right of local governments in New York to prohibit gas drilling within their borders could encourage opponents of the controversial drilling method known as fracking to pass new bans and defend them in court. On Friday, Acting Supreme Court Justice Donald […]

Dear Mayor Jackson:  ‘Cancel this ill-conceived project’
Cleveland Incinerator

Dear Mayor Jackson: ‘Cancel this ill-conceived project’

CLEVELAND —  Neighbors from Cleveland, Brooklyn, Lakewood and Cleveland Heights hand-delivered the following letter to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson before last night’s City Council meeting: Dear Mayor Jackson, Over the past two months, hundreds of Clevelanders have devoted thousands of hours of their time to studying the proposed garbage incinerator on […]