Archive for December, 2017

Consumer groups maintain rate increase cases and power purchase agreements filed by the utilities are muddying the waters of Ohio's energy market.
Utilities

Power Failure: How utilities across the U.S. changed the rules to make big bets with your money

CHARLESTON, SC — “Listen to the folks who run some of our biggest electric utilities: Tom Fanning, chief of Southern Company, in 2016 about its nuclear project in Georgia, which is years behind schedule: ‘It has gone beautifully. And we’re on schedule.’ Kevin Marsh, CEO of SCANA, in 2016 about […]

Ohio town, solid for Trump, now frets over EPA slowdown
Air Quality / Environmental Justice / EPA / Good Neighbor Campaigns

Ohio town, solid for Trump, now frets over EPA slowdown

EAST LIVERPOOL — “In Ohio, a change in state law that was tucked into a budget bill this year cut funding for an inspector in East Liverpool, even as Ohio authorities found continued evidence of air pollution violations at the Heritage Thermal incinerator, according to state records obtained by The Times. […]

Carla Walker
Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action Board of Directors — Carla Walker

“It always seems impossible, until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela Born and raised in Cincinnati, Carla Walker’s journey has taken her all over the world. From the halls of Harvard to Johannesburg South Africa, she has acquired the information, skills and network to truly be the change she wants to […]

Editorial: The Trump administration’s coal bailout
Coal / Energy

Editorial: The Trump administration’s coal bailout

NEW YORK, NY — “Federal energy regulators will soon vote on a ham-fisted Trump administration proposal to subsidize coal-fired power plants. This plan could cost families and businesses billions of dollars in higher electricity prices for no discernible public benefit. The measure in question comes from the energy secretary, Rick […]

With Hite gone, wind setbacks measure reintroduced under new sponsor
Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

With Hite gone, wind setbacks measure reintroduced under new sponsor

COLUMBUS — “An issue that some believe will reignite the wind energy industry is getting a new wave of support. A previous version of the bill stalled after the resignation of a senator. A northeast Ohio Republican lawmaker has reintroduced a bill to decrease wind setbacks, which is the distance a […]

FirstEnergy wants to raise rates by 2 percent for grid upgrades
FirstEnergy / Utilities

FirstEnergy wants to raise rates by 2 percent for grid upgrades

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy wants to increase electricity rates by up to 2 percent for three years to make some $450 million in improvements to the grid. Any increase in electric bills would require approval by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. The utility hopes the commission will OK the proposal by May, […]

The darker orange areas in this map reflect majority Republican support for government funding of renewable energy research.
Climate Change / Energy / Renewable Energy

Map shows political divide on climate, common ground on clean energy

NEW HAVEN, CT — “A majority of both Republicans and Democrats throughout Ohio favor clean energy policies, such as regulating carbon dioxide emissions as a pollutant and more government funding for renewable energy, according to a new interactive map. Moreover, people would favor those policies despite substantial divides on acceptance of climate […]

Shannon Baker-Branstetter
Duke Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

Duke Energy seeks base fee increase, undercutting thrift (Opinion)

CINCINNATI — “You should be able to manage your utility bills by controlling how much energy you use at home. That’s logical and straightforward. But Duke Energy wants to change that. If Duke’s proposal to significantly raise its ‘customer fees’ is approved, you’d lose control over a big portion of […]

Credit: Environmental Health News
Air Quality / Environmental Justice

Toxic exposure may cost the world 10% of GDP: Study

Current calculations woefully underestimate how much pollution costs countries, says researchers BOZEMAN, MT – “The study, published today in the journal Environmental Health, finds that current calculations of harmful exposures underestimate the total costs to society by leaving out certain health impacts and only focusing on a fraction of the […]

America crowns a new Pollution King
Coal

America crowns a new Pollution King

WASHINGTON, DC — “For the first time in 40 years, power plants are no longer the biggest source of U.S. greenhouse gas pollution. That dubious distinction now belongs to the transport sector: cars, trucks, planes, trains and boats. The big reversal didn’t happen because transportation emissions have been increasing. In fact, since 2000 […]