Archive for October, 2017

Would Duke Energy customers feel significant effects of proposed rate hike?
Duke Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

Would Duke Energy customers feel significant effects of proposed rate hike?

Duke claims many wouldn’t notice change to their bill, but some still aren’t convinced CINCINNATI — “Duke Energy Ohio is feeling the heat from customers who are unhappy with a possible rate increase. Many are urging state officials to deny the increase, but Duke says the case shouldn’t result in […]

How fossil fuel allies are tearing apart Ohio’s embrace of clean energy
Coal / Energy / Renewable Energy

How fossil fuel allies are tearing apart Ohio’s embrace of clean energy

With scare studies, policy drafts and political donations, industry groups turned Ohio lawmakers against policies they once overwhelmingly supported COLUMBUS — “On March 30, Bill Seitz, a charismatic Republican, took to the floor of the Ohio House to make a case for gutting a 2008 law designed to speed the […]

Duke Energy wants to more than triple the fixed charges on your bill
Duke Energy / Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

Duke Energy wants to more than triple the fixed charges on your bill

An electricity rate hike proposed by Duke Energy Ohio will force residential customers in the Cincinnati area to pay more than $200 more a year in fixed fees – before you even flip on a light switch. Duke’s proposal would raise the “customer charge” portion of residents’ bills – from […]

The extra contribution to sea level rise from Antarctica will not kick in if warming is kept at less than 1.9C above preindustrial levels, the researchers found. Photograph: IceBridge/Nasa
Climate Change / Coal / Energy

Sea levels to rise 1.3m unless coal power ends by 2050, report says

University of Melbourne paper combines latest understanding on Antarctica and current emissions projection scenarios MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — “Coastal cities around the world could be devastated by 1.3m of sea level rise this century unless coal-generated electricity is virtually eliminated by 2050, according to a new paper that combines the latest […]

Gas, wind, solar join to oppose Department of Energy’s proposal to save coal, nuclear plants
Coal / Energy / Nuclear Energy

Gas, wind, solar join to oppose Department of Energy’s proposal to save coal, nuclear plants

CLEVELAND — ” A Trump administration plan forcing wholesale electric markets to buy from FirstEnergy and other traditional power companies at above-market prices would violate federal law, destroy competition and lead to much-higher customer prices, contends a group of 20 trade groups representing natural gas, wind and solar power industries. …The trade […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant would survive under a U.S. Department of Energy plan to allow plant owner FirstEnergy to sell power into competitive wholesale markets at what it cost to make. The markets now focus on the lowest priced power, a practice that has lowered customer power prices but hurt the owner of large coal and nuclear plants, which cannot compete in today's markets. (Plain Dealer file )
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Subsidizing coal and nuclear power plants would not be legal, says PJM

CLEVELAND — “The independent company that manages competitive wholesale power markets in Ohio and 12 other states believes a federal proposal to subsidize the owners of old nuclear and coal plants is unworkable and would not even be legal. The U.S. Department of Energy proposal ‘is simply unworkable,’ said Andrew Ott, […]

Why has the EPA shifted on toxic chemicals? An industry insider helps call the shots
EPA

Why has the EPA shifted on toxic chemicals? An industry insider helps call the shots

WASHINGTON, DC — “For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has struggled to prevent an ingredient once used in stain-resistant carpets and nonstick pans from contaminating drinking water. The chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, has been linked to kidney cancer, birth defects, immune system disorders and other serious health problems. So […]

The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, formerly operated by Entergy Corp., shut down in 2014 (Credit: Nuclear Regulatory Commission/Wikipedia).
Nuclear Energy

Nuclear: When a town loses its economic center

VERNON, VT — “Ask Tim Arsenault how life is changing in this tiny riverfront town, and he’ll tell you about the little things. The cops used to keep a 24-hour watch in Vernon. To save money, the town dialed it back to 20. The library’s budget just got cut by […]

Firefighters & Cancer Unmasked: The Alarm
Right-to-Know

Firefighters & Cancer Unmasked: The Alarm

COLUMBUS — No one warned Mark Rine that while he was saving others, he was killing himself. The bad habits that would ensure the firefighter’s death sentence started with his very first fire in 2007. Rine was supposed to help set up the ladder, but he ignored his orders, grabbed […]

Saving coal, nuclear plants pits FirstEnergy against PUCO before federal regulators
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Saving coal, nuclear plants pits FirstEnergy against PUCO before federal regulators

CLEVELAND — The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) will oppose a federal initiative aimed at coming up with a quick fix to the competitive problems of old coal and nuclear plants owned by FirstEnergy and other traditional utilities. PUCO on Friday voted to urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject […]