Archive for May, 2018

Ohio Valley Electric Corp.'s 1,304-megawatt Clifty Creek coal plant in Madison, Ind. Crowezr/Wikipedia
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Money pit or fuel hedge? In Midwest, it depends who’s paying

WASHINGTON, DC — “How can two companies tell a federal judge that the 60-year-old coal plants are a financial albatross and simultaneously argue to utility regulators that the plants are a good investment for consumers? And rely on the work of the same consultant? The answer depends on who’s paying […]

Carla Walker, Ohio Citizen Action board member
Environmental Justice / Ohio Citizen Action

Our people, our planet: T’Challa and Wakanda are green examples to follow

CINCINNATI — “The good news is that we don’t have to wait for a vibranium wrapped brother to help us out. We can, however, follow his lead. Environmental justice is not a not new issue nor is it a new term. Communities of color have been on the frontline of the […]

Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund Board of Directors — Robert Park
Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund Board of Directors — Robert Park

CINCINNATI — Robert Park has spent much of his professional life on occupational health research, giving him a practical focus for his knowledge of biology and toxicology, as well as his analysis and writing skills. He’s conducted many studies, published many papers and even provided technical support on a water […]

FirstEnergy must guarantee nuclear clean up, environmental groups tell feds
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy must guarantee nuclear clean up, environmental groups tell feds

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy’s power plant subsidiaries have not put enough money into federally mandated decommissioning trust funds to pay for the shutdown and cleanup of each of its four nuclear reactors, charges an environmental group with a reputation as a legally effective environmental advocate. The Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy […]

Ohio lawmakers fine-tune renewable energy mandates
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio lawmakers fine-tune renewable energy mandates

COLUMBUS — “Ohio utilities would still have to find more of their power from renewable sources like solar and wind but not as much as required by current law under a bill that could soon see a Senate vote. A revised version of House Bill 114 rolled out last week […]

Wind turbines in Germany. Photo by the Danish Wind Industry Association / Creative Commons
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Wind turbine setback reform gets mixed reaction, potentially pitting wind against clean energy advocates

CLEVELAND — “…other clean energy groups are not so sure they can support the Senate’s redraft because, while it does not eliminate the state’s renewable and efficiency mandates, it does water them down significantly. Neil Waggoner, spokesman for the Ohio chapter of the Sierra Club, said the bill as written poses […]

Ohio wind-farm rules eased in proposed state Senate bill, but mandates reduced
Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio wind-farm rules eased in proposed state Senate bill, but mandates reduced

CLEVELAND — “There soon may be more wind farms in Ohio. The Ohio Senate’s GOP leadership is making an effort to encourage wind-farm development in the state by eliminating restrictive rules that previous GOP leadership slipped into a budget bill four years ago. The 2014 changes lengthened the distance a wind […]

Top candidates for Ohio House speaker back bailouts for utilities that back their campaigns
FirstEnergy

Top candidates for Ohio House speaker back bailouts for utilities that back their campaigns

COLUMBUS — “Larry Householder and Ryan Smith, the two front-runners in the race to replace Cliff Rosenberger as Ohio House speaker, have both signed onto bills that would bail out old and uncompetitive power plants owned by powerful electric utilities that have contributed money to their campaigns. Smith is a primary […]

Customers sound off after proposed DP&L fee hike
Dayton Power & Light / Fixed Rate Hikes

Customers sound off after proposed DP&L fee hike

DAYTON  — “Customers looking at the back of their Dayton Power and Light bill will a category listed as ‘delivery charges’.The customer charge listed there could triple under the utility’s company proposed fee hike. During a public hearing on the hike, Carl Moser, a DP&L customer, spoke out against the […]

Cloudy with a Chance of Soot
Air Quality / Renewable Energy

Cloudy with a Chance of Soot

CLEVELAND — “[Stephen Gabor of Ohio Citizen Action] says the argument of needing to cut regulations to create jobs doesn’t hold water. ‘This whole thing about environmental responsibility vs jobs is really an outdated argument at this point. The renewable energy industry is actually one of the most fruitful places and fertile […]