Archive for July, 2017

The Bruce Mansfield Power Plant, FirstEnergy's largest coal-fired plant, in Beaver County on November 23, 2015. FirstEnergy officials are scheduled to meet with creditors of its struggling competitive generation unit, FirstEnergy Solutions (Credit: Andrew Rush / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).
FirstEnergy

With power plants struggling, FirstEnergy sets up meeting with creditors

AKRON — “FirstEnergy officials are scheduled to meet with creditors of the company’s struggling competitive generation unit, FirstEnergy Solutions, which includes two Pennsylvania power plants in Beaver County employing about 1,000 people. The meeting with creditors, reported during an earnings call on Friday, is a development in the Akron, Ohio-based […]

Operating a nuclear power plant is expensive, whether it involves re-fueling, major renovation work like FirstEnergy faced at Davis-Besse 15 years ago shown here, or federally ordered upgrades following the disaster at Fukushima. And now the nuclear industry faces tough competition from independent builders of gas turbine plants. FirstEnergy has been seeking new customer fees to keep its nuclear plants profitable. But even with the extra charges, the company would probably sell the plants because it no longer wants to risk competitive markets. (Plain Dealer file )
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy nuclear charges crucial to operating or selling Davis Besse, Perry, says CEO

AKRON — “FirstEnergy’s top executive says the company will continue to press Ohio lawmakers for new customer-paid subsidies for its nuclear power plants even though it may not own them in the future. ‘I am going to continue to fight for this … legislation because it is the right thing […]

The San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm in Riverside County, CA (Credit: Nandaro / Creative Commons).
AEP / Wind Energy

AEP eyes April 2018 as pivotal month for future of nation’s largest wind farm

COLUMBUS — “A Columbus electric utility is buying the largest single-site wind project in American history – and it’s chosen April as the do-or-die month for its future. The 800-turbine, 2,000 megawatt project being built in Oklahoma by Invenergy and General Electric’s renewable energy division is a massive undertaking that […]

Timber Road II wind project in western Ohio. 
Photo by David Grant / Creative Commons
Wind Energy

Wind turbine setback, battles over green energy rules expected in Ohio legislature

CLEVELAND — “Renewable energy’s struggle to grow in Ohio is expected to resume this fall following years of political battles over state energy mandates. Legislation amending how close a wind turbine can be to adjacent property not part of a wind farm is planned by Republican state senator Cliff Hite […]

Samual Corona and Chris Coward are concerned a push to clean up other parts of Chicago will push more polluting industry into their neighborhood (Credit: Kari Lydersen / Midwest Energy News).
Environmental Justice / Good Neighbor Campaigns

In Chicago, monitoring program part of neighborhood’s clean energy push

CHICAGO, IL — “‘Make sure you note the barbecue,’ Samuel Corona told his 21-year-old nephew, Chris Coward, as they walked by Leon’s BBQ joint on 106th Street on Chicago’s Southeast Side. The aroma coming from Leon’s was mouthwatering, but that wasn’t their focus. Corona explained that smoke from the barbecue could […]

A couple looks across their yard at a coal ash pond in North Carolina (Credit: Chuck Burton/AP).
Coal Ash

Coal Ash: Coming to a town near you?

WASHINGTON, DC — “The United States still relies on coal to provide 30 percent of its electricity, and a typical plant produces more than 125,000 tons of coal ash—the byproduct of burning coal—every  year. For decades, power companies dumped this product, which can contain toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury, into unlined […]

Mayor Cranley announces Water Works to go solar
Renewable Energy

Mayor Cranley announces Water Works to go solar

CINCINNATI — “Surrounded by community leaders and environmental activists, Mayor John Cranley on Wednesday announced major initiatives to further Cincinnati’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Among the initiatives Cranley announced include a plan to transition Greater Cincinnati Water Works from coal-powered energy to solar. The first phase of the solar project […]

Credit: Kristian Buus / Creative Commons
Renewable Energy / Utilities

Analysis: Ratepayer’s foot the bill for utilities’ push against rooftop solar

ST. PAUL, MN — “A recent story in the New York Times raised new attention to the role of the Edison Electric Institute in pushing policies hostile to distributed solar. Not mentioned in that article, however, is that ratepayers are a significant source of funding for this industry trade association. Utilities pay dues […]

In this Aug. 3, 2014, file photo, an algae bloom covers Lake Erie near the City of Toledo water intake crib about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio (Associated Press file photo).
Lake Erie / Water Quality

Environmentalists sue EPA to designate Ohio’s portion of Lake Erie ‘impaired’

CLEVELAND — “Advocacy groups are challenging the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to accept Ohio’s assertion that its portion of Lake Erie does not meet the definition of impaired waters. The Ohio EPA did not include the state’s open waters on a list of impaired waterways when it submitted the […]

The coal truth: how a major energy source lost its power in Britain
Coal

The coal truth: how a major energy source lost its power in Britain

Coal supplied just 2% of power in the first half of 2017, marking a steep decline from just five years ago, according to analysis by Imperial College LONDON, ENGLAND — “This week, it emerged that ministers are disbanding a government and industry body created to secure the long-term future of […]