Archive for November, 2012

Canada Week: Canada is a declining market for U.S. coal
Coal / Energy

Canada Week: Canada is a declining market for U.S. coal

WASHINGTON, DC — “Exports of U.S. coal to Canada have declined in recent years as Canada has reduced its coal-fired electric generation. U.S. coal exports to Canada totaled 3.2 million short tons and represented roughly 5% of the 66.2 million short tons of total U.S. coal exports during the first […]

FirstEnergy halts its challenge to efficiency mandates, for now
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy halts its challenge to efficiency mandates, for now

CLEVELAND — “Ohio’s energy efficiency standards will remain intact — for now. FirstEnergy Corp. has abandoned its behind-the-scene lobbying campaign to persuade lawmakers to gut a four-year-old law requiring utilities to help customers use less electricity by switching to energy efficient equipment and lighting. At least a dozen energy efficiency […]

No reason to hurry
Energy / FirstEnergy

No reason to hurry

AKRON — “What troubles Advanced Energy Economy Ohio and, earlier, the Ohio Manufacturers Association, is the timing of the FirstEnergy effort. They see the requirements largely working, producing savings and sparking innovation. They ask: Why rush to shift direction so substantially — without the benefit of legislative hearings or a […]

Cincinnati City Manager 2013 budget plans to divert more waste
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Cincinnati City Manager 2013 budget plans to divert more waste

CINCINNATI — On Monday, Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney released his 2013 draft city budget. Unlike previous years, plans to make up a revenue deficit do not include cuts to the Office of Environmental Quality. In fact, the budget lays out plans to semi-automate the city’s solid waste program which are […]

Energy / FirstEnergy

Battle brewing over energy conservation standards

COLUMBUS — “A battle is emerging over state energy conservation standards that have saved Ohioans $1 billion on their electric bills since 2008. Ohio’s Energy Efficiency Resource Standard requires that Ohio investor-owned utilities cut a cumulative 22 percent of electric consumption through energy efficiency efforts by 2025. The standards were […]

FirstEnergy wants to cap Ohio energy efficiency mandates, arguing costly market interference
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy wants to cap Ohio energy efficiency mandates, arguing costly market interference

COLUMBUS — “The state’s electric utilities are planning a sneak attack on Ohio’s energy efficiency mandates, say advocates who fought to have the rules put into Ohio law four years ago. In a Monday news conference in Columbus, Steve Caminati of the Advanced Energy Economy Ohio said the utilities have […]

Cleveland receives two dozen suggestions for trash management, many similar to controversial waste-to-energy plan
Cleveland Incinerator

Cleveland receives two dozen suggestions for trash management, many similar to controversial waste-to-energy plan

CLEVELAND — “Mayor Frank Jackson opened the door to other ideas in April after the gasification concept suffered a beating by environmentalists and some City Council members concerned about pollution and the cost of building the facility. Critics argue that the mayor’s call for new suggestions intimated a continued preference […]

P.O.W.E.R. calls on Colerain Township neighbors to stop dump expansion
Good Neighbor Campaigns

P.O.W.E.R. calls on Colerain Township neighbors to stop dump expansion

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — The battle to halt the expansion of the Rumpke Landfill continues and we are seeking your help.   First an introduction, my name is Rich McVay and I have been a resident of Colerain Township for over 22 years.  To give you an idea of where I […]

Patriot’s move away from mountaintop removal: If they ignore it, maybe it isn’t really happening
Coal / Energy / Mountaintop Removal

Patriot’s move away from mountaintop removal: If they ignore it, maybe it isn’t really happening

CHARLESTON, WV — “West Virginia’s political leaders continue to say very, very little about the major news latest week that one of the region’s largest coal producers is moving away from — and eventually abandoning altogether — the use of mountaintop removal and all other types of surface coal mining. […]

Mari-Lynn Evans briefs Citizen Action staff on Patriot Coal exit from mountaintop removal coal mining
Energy / Mountaintop Removal

Mari-Lynn Evans briefs Citizen Action staff on Patriot Coal exit from mountaintop removal coal mining

Seated: Sammy Marsh, Molly Lutz, Sammi Tuckerman  First row: Rob Rosin, Jessica Kramer, Mari-lynn Evans, Rachel Saudek, Sandy Buchanan, Lynn Rooks, Mariah Gonzalez. Second row: Paul Ryder, Kate Aylward, Jane Holt. Third row: Ann Soika, Nathan Rutz, Josh Biszantz