Archive for March, 2018

Senate setting focus on green energy policies
Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Senate setting focus on green energy policies

COLUMBUS — “Lawmakers are lining up their priorities for policymaking once they return from their spring break. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the top leader in the Senate says he has a particular issue he expects to address when they come back. The state’s green energy standards require utilities to […]

Environmental groups sue to stop EPA loophole allowing industrial plants to turn off pollution controls
Pollution

Environmental groups sue to stop EPA loophole allowing industrial plants to turn off pollution controls

The new loophole will exacerbate toxic pollution hazards in communities across the country WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Today, public health and environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit to protect communities against the risk of a new tidal wave of toxic pollution unleashed by the Trump Administration breaking with decades of precedent, the Environmental […]

FirstEnergy Solutions bankruptcy restructuring likely, power plants would be closed or sold
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy Solutions bankruptcy restructuring likely, power plants would be closed or sold

CLEVELAND — “Brutal competitive financial forces are poised to remake FirstEnergy into a utility without power plants and focused solely on delivering electricity. The Akron-based power company that a decade ago hired former George W. Bush administration Solicitor General Ted Olson to bully state lawmakers who were considering a return to […]

Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

Shining the light

SUGAR CREEK TWP. —”The sun shined brightly inside the hearts and minds of roughly 100 people who came together at The Wilderness Center on Saturday. ‘It’s an opportunity for the solar community to talk and discuss the basics and … delve a little deeper on some subjects,’ explained Luke Sulfridge, Ohio […]

Who is donating to Ohio political candidates? Searchable campaign database
Voter Engagement Work

Who is donating to Ohio political candidates? Searchable campaign database

CLEVELAND — “Who is donating to Ohio political candidates? Your neighbors? Your boss? Rich people from out of state? A new database compiled by cleveland.com makes it easy to find out. We have gathered all of the 2017 contributions to candidates for governor, attorney general and other state offices. (The database […]

Murray Energy’s war on clean energy in Ohio
Coal / Freeze on Clean Energy

Murray Energy’s war on clean energy in Ohio

Murray Energy lobbied on a bill to roll back renewable energy “mandates” in Ohio, while it fought for government intervention to bail out coal-fired power plants. COLUMBUS — “Coal producer Murray Energy lobbied on the latest bill to roll back renewable energy ‘mandates’ in Ohio, while it fought for government […]

Here’s what utilities have promised to deliver on renewables, emissions
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Here’s what utilities have promised to deliver on renewables, emissions

LANSING, MI — “A Midwest Energy News review of investor-owned utilities in the region found three-quarters of them have made voluntary renewable or emission pledges that go above and beyond what’s required under state laws. All but four of the 17 companies have set voluntary goals for renewables, emissions or both. Seven utilities have […]

Settlement with S.H. Bell requires manganese emission safeguards at plant in Ohioville, Pa. and East Liverpool, Ohio
Eramet / Good Neighbor Campaigns

Settlement with S.H. Bell requires manganese emission safeguards at plant in Ohioville, Pa. and East Liverpool, Ohio

PHILADELPHIA, PA — “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice today announced a proposed consent decree with S.H. Bell Company requiring the company to monitor and take measures to reduce manganese emissions from its 92-acre plant that spans the Pennsylvania-Ohio border in Ohioville, Pa. and East Liverpool, […]

Davis-Besse shut down for refueling
Energy / FirstEnergy

Davis-Besse shut down for refueling

CLEVELAND — “The FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co. has shut down the Davis-Besse nuclear reactor for refueling. The company said Monday it would replace about a third of the reactor’s 177 fuel rod assemblies and do other routine inspection and preventive maintenance of the power plant’s major components. More than 1,000 […]

Ohio utilities aren’t ready to share federal tax cut with customers
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio utilities aren’t ready to share federal tax cut with customers

COLUMBUS — “The full benefits of last year’s federal tax cuts haven’t trickled down to Ohio gas and electric bills, and if it’s up to the utilities it could be a while before that happens. Ohio utility regulators, like those in virtually every state, are deliberating on what to do with millions in tax savings […]