Archive for May 31st, 2017

An image captured by a drone of the Brushy Fork Slurry Impoundment, a coal waste embankment that ranks as the tallest dam in the Western Hemisphere (Credit: Coal River Mountain Watch).
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

COAL: Art, activism mix in airborne crusade against strip mining

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV — “Environmentalists have turned a hobbyist drone into a weapon in their long, bitter battle against strip mining. Junior Walk of Coal River Mountain Watch has recorded hours of aerial footage of mountaintop-removal coal mining and the massive Brushy Fork coal slurry impoundment in southwest West Virginia […]

Ohio State Representative Bill Seitz (Credit: James D. Decamp)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Ohio lawmaker floats the idea of a customer opt-out of FirstEnergy’s nuclear subsidies

COLUMBUS — “Ohio lawmakers have tabled a plan to add a fee to the electric bills of FirstEnergy customers to help pay for the utility’s unprofitable nuclear plants. WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports that a key legislator is floating an alternative solution. FirstEnergy says it needs the $300 million per year […]

Turbines at the Spring Canyon Wind Farm outside Peetz, Colo. The farm is owned by Invenergy, and produces energy under contract to Xcel Energy (Credit: Ryan David Brown).
Wind Energy

Even as wind power rises, it falls under a political cloud

WASHINGTON, DC — “Wind farms, with their rapid geographic spread and technological advances, are reshaping the electric system, defying skepticism that they are steady or reliable enough to displace conventional power plants. ‘The fuel of choice right now, certainly for us, is wind,’ said Ben Fowke, the chief executive of […]

Photo by gerry_btr / Creative Commons
Energy

Capacity auction reveals Ohio’s backslide on energy efficiency

COLUMBUS — “The impact of a decision by Ohio lawmakers to weaken state energy efficiency requirements was clearly reflected in the results of a recent capacity auction, analysts say. The amount of energy efficiency from Ohio utilities that cleared the most recent capacity auction by grid operator PJM is down […]