Archive for January, 2017

DPL settlement will raise monthly rates, keep headquarters in Dayton
Dayton Power & Light / Energy

DPL settlement will raise monthly rates, keep headquarters in Dayton

DAYTON — “Dayton Power and Light Company has agreed to a settlement in its electric security plan proposal, that if approved, will increase customers monthly bills and calls for the company to close two coal-powered plants on the Ohio River. DP&L announced in a statement Monday that a settlement with […]

Photo by Friscocali / Creative Commons
AEP / Energy

AEP has just four power plants left in Ohio after sale to investment firm

COLUMBUS — “AEP has closed on its previously announced sale of four power plants, three of them in Ohio and the other in Indiana. American Electric Power Company Inc. (NYSE:AEP) sold the plants for $2.1 billion to New York-based Blackstone Group LP and an ArcLight Capital Partners affiliate and operate […]

Energy projects stranded in regulatory limbo after vacancy on U.S. panel
Energy

Energy projects stranded in regulatory limbo after vacancy on U.S. panel

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission faces indefinite freeze of most major business without quorum of commissioners WASHINGTON, DC — “The fates of several gas pipelines and at least two big electric utility mergers have been thrown into question in the wake of a high level resignation at the Federal Energy Regulatory […]

2016 Year in Review
Dayton Power & Light / Energy / FirstEnergy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Ohio Citizen Action / Renewable Energy

2016 Year in Review

Coal and Energy Our efforts since the 2014 “freeze” on Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards ramped up this year in anticipation of December 31. If legislators failed to pass a reasonable alternative to the original standards, they were set to be reinstated at year’s end. Ohio Citizen Action […]

PJM to review impact of capacity market construct on RPM
Energy / Utilities

PJM to review impact of capacity market construct on RPM

WILMINGTON, DE — “Following months of debate on the scope of the undertaking, a coalition of demand-side stakeholders won approval at Thursday’s PJM Markets and Reliability Committee meeting to review the capacity market construct. Overcoming what had appeared to be strong opposition, the problem statement and issue charge were endorsed […]

Rare discrimination finding by EPA civil-rights office
Environmental Justice

Rare discrimination finding by EPA civil-rights office

Michigan regulators treated African American residents unfairly during the permitting of a power plant in Flint, feds say FLINT, MI — “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s civil-rights office has made a rare finding of discrimination, saying the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality treated African American residents of Flint unfairly during […]

DP&L criticized for bonuses, expenses paid from customer revenue
Dayton Power & Light

DP&L criticized for bonuses, expenses paid from customer revenue

DAYTON — “Dayton Power and Light has been criticized for paying employee bonuses and even having ‘meals, snacks and drinks’ during employee meetings with money that Public Utilities Commission of Ohio staff said came from revenue generated from riders or bills charged to customers. ‘(PUCO) staff believes that having meetings […]

FirstEnergy is about to ask Ohio lawmakers to create new regulations awarding "zero emission credits," or ZECs, to its nuclear power plants, Davis-Besse east of Toledo and Perry east of Cleveland, in recognition that they do not contribute to air pollution. The ZECs would increase customer bills. The plan is sure to be challenged in federal court because it would subsidize the nukes which are supposed to be operating in a competitive market.
AEP / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio electric deregulation on the chopping block?

CLEVELAND — “The big power plants that FirstEnergy and Columbus-based American Electric Power have operated for decades just cannot make electricity as cheaply — or as profitably —  as the new gas turbines, and at times, wind farms. The companies have been looking for a way to escape the perils […]

Ohio has far fewer utility-scale wind farms than neighbors Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. This map shows wind farms of 5 megawatts or greater as of the third quarter of last year. Two more projects have come online in Ohio since then but are not shown on this map. (Map courtesy of the American Wind Energy Association)
Wind Energy

Will the Ohio legislature allow the wind industry to thrive?

CLEVELAND — “Ohio has enough wind to generate electricity on a large scale. What it lacks is a rulebook that allows developers to do just that. In 2014, the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation that more than doubled the distance wind turbines have to be from unoccupied neighboring property, assuming the […]

Wind turbines in Germany. Photo by the Danish Wind Industry Association / Creative Commons
Energy

Lessons from Germany’s aggressive path to integrate renewables on the grid

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s actual share of electricity from renewable sources is far less than Germany’s — only about two percent as of 2015. Yet the overall share of renewables in the United States’ energy mix is increasing. Although the United States is not likely to achieve the levels in Germany […]