Archive for May 30th, 2017

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Energy

PJM auction brings good news, bad news for Ohio electric customers

ST. PAUL, MN — “Most of Ohio will pay less to make sure adequate electric capacity is available three years from now. But critics say that changes in the grid operator’s auction rules discriminate against certain types of clean energy and will lead to overpayments. …The good news of a […]

Coal shipments arrived by barge at Brayton Point Power Station on the shores of Mount Hope Bay in Somerset, Mass. The plant has long been a linchpin of the South Coast economy. At its height, it employed more than 250 people and accounted for a third of the local tax base. It is scheduled to close tomorrow (Credit: Benjamin Storrow/E&E News).
Coal

Coal is about to disappear from New England

SOMERSET, MA — “For Pat Haddad, a good day is one when she returns home from the state Legislature to see steam rising from Brayton Point Power Station’s twin 497-foot-tall cooling towers. New England’s largest coal plant has long powered the economy in Haddad’s hometown of Somerset, a community of […]

Cliff Hite, state senator from Findlay, Ohio.
Energy

Ohio Sen. Cliff Hite proposes loosening setbacks for wind developers

COLUMBUS — “An Ohio state senator is expected to introduce an amendment to the proposed state budget that would loosen the setback standards for wind turbines and potentially trigger billions of dollars of dormant wind farm development in the state. Ohio Sen. Cliff Hite, a Republican from Findlay, said his […]

Kentucky Utilities’ coal-fired generating plant in Ghent, Ky. Kentucky is among the coal-country states moving more of the country’s electric supply to renewable sources. Photo Credit: Luke Sharrett for The New York Times
Coal

Coal Country’s power plants are turning away from coal

NEW YORK, NY — “Coal is on the defensive in the nation’s power industry. Even in coal country. The pressure to shift more of the country’s electric supply to renewable sources is not just a rallying cry for environmentalists. Some of the power industry’s biggest customers, like General Motors and […]