Archive for June, 2017

Wind farm in Goldendale, Washington (Credit: Walter Siegmund).
Renewable Energy

‘Bring on more renewables,’ US regulator says as grid study looms

WASHINGTON, DC — “Wind and solar power does not make the U.S. electricity grid less stable, an outgoing federal regulator said on Tuesday, as the Trump administration readies a study that will examine whether renewable energy has had a harmful effect. Colette Honorable, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory […]

The Kemper County power plant (Credit: Mississippi Power).
Coal

Mississippi utility will stop efforts to complete coal plant

JACKSON, MS — “One of the nation’s largest utilities, faced with an ultimatum from Mississippi regulators, said Wednesday that it will suspend efforts to complete a first-of-its-kind coal-fueled power plant. The move is a blow in efforts to develop coal plants that emit less carbon dioxide, which could be key […]

Rob Rice (left), chief of the West Virginia Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation, and planner Jonathan Knight check on the smoldering underground fire at a long-abandoned coal mine in Preston County earlier this year. Legislation to speed-up the funding of abandoned coal-mine cleanups and to focus some of that spending on projects that help the economy in ailing coalfield communities moved a step ahead Tuesday in the U.S. House (Credit: AP file photo).
Coal / Reclaim Act

Bill to increase coal-mine spending advances

WASHINGTON, DC — “Legislation to speed up the funding of abandoned coal-mine cleanups and to focus some of that spending on projects that help the economy in ailing coalfield communities moved a step ahead Tuesday in the U.S. House. Members of the House Committee on Natural Resources approved what is […]

$4.2 billion wind stymied in Ohio: House refuses to ease restrictive zoning
Energy

$4.2 billion wind stymied in Ohio: House refuses to ease restrictive zoning

CLEVELAND — “Ohio lawmakers are not going to allow electric utilities to seek rate increases solely to buttress sagging credit ratings, as requested by one state utility And they are shutting the door on more than $4.2 billion in new wind farm investment that has been blocked by restrictive state […]

Lobbying fight erupts over coal country bill
Coal / Reclaim Act

Lobbying fight erupts over coal country bill

WASHINGTON, DC — “The lobbying fight over a House bill to revitalize coal country has heated up ahead of a key committee hearing on Tuesday. Interest groups supporting the Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More (RECLAIM) Act, a bill to pump money into […]

Fix the setback to end a setback: editorial
Wind Energy

Fix the setback to end a setback: editorial

AKRON — “Three years ago, Ohio erected a roadblock to the development of wind power in the state. It all but halted new investment. Now the pieces have aligned at the Statehouse to make the needed correction. The Republican majority in the Senate has included a remedy in its version […]

The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus (Credit: Ohio Department of Development).
Energy

Increasing electric bills to bolster a utility credit rating opposed

CLEVELAND — “A proposal allowing electric utilities to ask for a rate increase to keep their credit rating healthy has run into a buzz saw of opposition. The latest count is that nine organizations representing consumers, businesses both small and large and the state’s major industries are firing opposition letters […]

Credit: Columbus Dispatch file photo
AEP / Renewable Energy

AEP renewable energy charge getting scrutiny

COLUMBUS — “Your bill from American Electric Power is the sum of many parts, including a charge for renewable-energy programs. That charge has doubled at the same time that the overall bill has decreased. Called the Alternative Energy Rider, the charge is about $2 for a typical household this month. […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant.
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Regardless of whether FirstEnergy nuke plants receive subsidies, electricity supply will remain reliable

CLEVELAND — “There will be no reliability issues with electricity in Northeast Ohio if the Ohio Legislature refuses to subsidize FirstEnergy Corp.’s nuclear plants in Toledo and Perry — or even if the plants close down. Those aren’t likely words that the Akron-based utility wants to hear as Ohio lawmakers […]

Credit: Tom Knox
Utilities

Ohio Senate budget bill lets PUCO charge power customers higher rate to keep up utility credit ratings

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s utility regulator could consider a utility’s credit rating when establishing base rates paid by customers, an apparent nod to FirstEnergy Solutions, the unregulated subsidiary of Akron electric utility FirstEnergy Corp. ‘Ratepayers in all six (electric utility) service areas could pay higher electricity charges under this,’ according to […]