Archive for April, 2012

Cities on hook for power plant’s costs
AMP / Coal / Energy / Prairie State Coal Plant

Cities on hook for power plant’s costs

GALION — “Electricity customers in Galion are part-owners of a $5 billion power plant that is behind schedule and might lead to years of high utility bills. The city of about 11,000, about 60 miles north of Columbus, is one of many in Ohio whose city-owned electric companies have chosen […]

Cincinnati dumps Duke Energy
Cincinnati Electric and Gas Aggregation / Duke Energy / Energy

Cincinnati dumps Duke Energy

CINCINNATI — “This is big news. The announcement is the culmination of a campaign that started last fall, when Ohio Citizen Action and Greenpeace ran a successful ballot initiative to allow the City to bargain for electricity on behalf of its residents. The voters passed the initiative by a resounding […]

Cincinnati Electric and Gas Aggregation / Energy / FirstEnergy

Cincinnati chooses ‘green’ energy co. for aggregation

CINCINNATI — “Cincinnati hopes its energy supply will soon be cheaper and greener.The city said Thursday it will be the first major city in America to choose a 100 percent ‘green’ electricity supply for its eligible residents and small businesses while saving as many as 53,000 households money through the city’s […]

Cincinnati becomes first major city to offer 100% green electricity to residents
Cincinnati Electric and Gas Aggregation / Energy / FirstEnergy / Victory

Cincinnati becomes first major city to offer 100% green electricity to residents

Cincinnati voters overwhelmingly supported 100% renewable energy as a priority (…)

State of the air
Coal

State of the air

WASHINGTON, DC — “Breathing polluted air can harm your health and even shorten your life. State of the Air is a report card on air pollution in communities across the nation. The more you learn, the more you can protect your health and take steps to make our air cleaner […]

The truth about coal’s future in Southern W.Va.
AEP / Coal / Energy

The truth about coal’s future in Southern W.Va.

CHARLESTON, WV — “Perhaps I’m reading too much into it, and perhaps part of it was the way the stories were reported by two different reporters (neither of which was me — and I didn’t attend Akins’ appearance in Charleston or the company’s annual meeting). But it struck me as […]

Study claims AEP emissions responsible for thousands of deaths
AEP / Coal / Energy

Study claims AEP emissions responsible for thousands of deaths

COLUMBUS — “The study, commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council, claims air pollution from AEP’s coal-fired power plants is contributing to thousands of deaths and illnesses in states touched by the company’s emissions. Ohio is near the top of the sick list, trailing only Pennsylvania. The study said AEP-generated […]

Towns can struggle to rein in door-to-door solicitors
Ohio Citizen Action

Towns can struggle to rein in door-to-door solicitors

COLUMBUS —”The village of Riverlea no longer requires permits or background checks for door-to-door solicitors. Instead, residents are being told to post ‘No Solicitation’ signs on their doors if they don’t want to be bothered. The move is the latest by communities hoping to keep a step ahead of lawsuits. […]

AEP’s ad provokes rebuttal from rival
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

AEP’s ad provokes rebuttal from rival

COLUMBUS—”FirstEnergy is firing back at an American Electric Power television ad. In a series of radio, print and online ads, FirstEnergy has been saying that customers ‘have the right to shop for lower electric prices’ and that AEP wants to drive up prices. The Akron-based utility has a new website, […]

More odor complaints
Good Neighbor Campaigns

More odor complaints

COLUMBUS— “An East Side refinery with a history of foul odors was once again the subject of neighbors’ complaints today. Inspectors from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agencytraveled to Heartland Petroleum’s used oil recycling operation, at 4001 E. 5th Ave, after it received four odor complaints, said Erin Strouse, an agency […]