Archive for May, 2017

Power lines outside of the Davis Besse nuclear power station east of Toledo. photo: The Toledo Blade
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy still wants aid; Ohio House halts hearings

$300M a year sought to subsidize nuclear power plants COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy’s president on Thursday sought to keep legislation on track in the Senate to authorize up to $300 million a year in customer subsidies for its two struggling nuclear power plants even as the House has halted hearings. ‘I […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant would be more competitive under a new proposal from PJM Interconnection, the company that manages the high-voltage grid in Ohio and 12 other states. But plant owner FirstEnergy is asking for a customer surcharge to raise more money for its nuclear fleet (credit: Plain Dealer file).
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones appeals to Ohio Senate committee to support nuclear power subsidy

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy’s effort to persuade state lawmakers that its nuclear power plants won’t survive without a state-mandated customer surcharge is now focused on the Ohio Senate. FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones, accompanied by lobbyists, told members of the Senate Public Utilities Committee on Thursday that its Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear […]

UMWA members rally in Lexington, Kentucky, in support of legislation to fully fund pensions and health benefits (credit: Becca Schimmel/Ohio Valley ReSource).
Reclaim Act

Mending mining country: Three ways Trump could help miners and coal communities

ATHENS — “At a March ceremony to sign an executive order reversing Obama-era environmental regulations, coal miners were arranged on stage around President Donald Trump as he took up his pen. ‘You know what it says, right?’ Trump asked the miners. ‘You’re going back to work.’ From his campaign rallies […]

Dear AEP: Ohioans work hard to afford our bills and conserve electricity- don’t make it harder with big hikes in customer charges
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

Dear AEP: Ohioans work hard to afford our bills and conserve electricity- don’t make it harder with big hikes in customer charges

Using more electricity means your monthly utility bill goes up. And using less means your bill goes down, right? That’s what you’d expect, but that’s not what Ohio households will experience if the state’s Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) goes along with new proposals from the state’s leading utility […]

The Perry nuclear power plant would get a consumer-paid subsidy if a proposal by its owner FirstEnergy is approved by Ohio lawmakers. The company is also hoping the Trump administration will re-design regional wholesale power markets to give more money to companies with large coal and nuclear power plants, even if the power the generate is more costly than that of wind and gas turbine plants. (photo: JOHN KUNTZ)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Lucas Co. commissioners against new subsidies for FirstEnergy

TOLEDO — “Lucas County Commissioners today urged state lawmakers to reject a proposal to create new subsidies for FirstEnergy to shore up its struggling nuclear power plants and have the utility’s customers foot the bill through rate increases. House Bill 178, or the Zero Emission Nuclear credit bill, would provide a […]

FirstEnergy's Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Toledo, along with the company's Perry nuclear power plant near Cleveland and its Beaver Valley reactors near Pittsburgh cannot compete well against new gas turbine plants and may be sold in bankruptcy proceedings if the state does not authorize additional customer charges. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has required major upgrades in recent years to defend against terrorists and to withstand natural disasters such as earthquakes (credit: Plain Dealer file).
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy CEO says ZEC legislation may be too late to help

AKRON — “FirstEnergy’s top executive said today he does not expect Ohio lawmakers to vote until fall on legislation authorizing zero emission credits. ‘If it is going to happen, it will be later this year. If it is not going to happen, we’ll know sooner,’ said Chuck Jones, CEO, in […]

Protesters stood outside a Kroger's shareholding meeting to protest the use of BPA, a controversial chemical used in food packaging.
Right-to-Know

Nationwide testing shows many canned foods still contain chemical linked to cancer, birth defects

33% of Kroger’s “private label” food cans tested positive for this harmful chemical CINCINNATI — Despite well-documented health hazards and years of scientific warnings, a new report, “Kicking the Can? Major retailers still selling canned food with BPA,” released today shows that millions of Americans who eat canned foods are […]

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station at Oak Harbor, Ohio, would have a guaranteed buyer for all its output if the PUCO approves a FirstEnergy plan. Photo by Kathiann M. Kowalski.
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy nuclear hearings suspended in Ohio House

CLEVELAND — The chairman of the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee has suspended further hearings — and a vote — on a proposed bill allowing FirstEnergy to create a special customer charge to subsidize its nuclear power plant fleet. ‘We have heard over 10 hours of testimony on this bill [House […]

The AEP building in Columbus, Ohio. 
Photo by
Mark Cameron / Creative Commons
AEP / Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

Critics say Ohio utility’s proposed fixed charge increase will slow efficiency, clean energy

COLUMBUS — “Proposed rate changes for American Electric Power’s Ohio utility customers could unduly burden the grid by discouraging energy efficiency and distributed generation, according to critics. At issue is AEP’s proposal to increase fixed charges for its Ohio utility customers by more than twice the current rate—from $8.40 per […]

The Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant near Shippingport, Pennsylvania.
Nuclear Energy

Industry meltdown: Is the era of nuclear power coming to an end?

NEW HAVEN, CT — “Is the nuclear power industry in its death throes?  Even some nuclear enthusiasts believe so. With the exception of China, most nations are moving away from nuclear — existing power plants across the United States are being shut early; new reactor designs are falling foul of […]