Archive for August, 2018

Ohio PUC details utility reform roadmap in PowerForward initiative
AEP / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio PUC details utility reform roadmap in PowerForward initiative

The new roadmap, product of a year-long business model investigation, aims to create a level playing field for innovation on the utility distribution system. COLUMBUS — “How is a distribution system like an iPhone? That’s not a riddle; it’s a vision Ohio regulators have formed around the future of the grid, […]

Utilities pivot from power plants to grid work for profits
Energy

Utilities pivot from power plants to grid work for profits

RALEIGH, NC — “Electric utilities are pouring billions of dollars into a race to prevent terrorists or enemy governments from shutting down the power grid and everything that depends on electricity in America’s hyper-connected society. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security detailed last month how Russian hackers have targeted the […]

Court upholds national safeguard for coal ash: Nation’s no. 2 toxic pollution threat
Coal / Coal Ash

Court upholds national safeguard for coal ash: Nation’s no. 2 toxic pollution threat

Ruling casts doubt on legality of EPA’s plan to weaken coal ash protections WASHINGTON, D.C. — “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision today holding that the first-ever federal safeguards set by the Obama Administration for coal ash dumps do not sufficiently protect communities and the environment […]

Advocates seek assurance on decommissioning funds for FirstEnergy nuclear plants
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Advocates seek assurance on decommissioning funds for FirstEnergy nuclear plants

AKRON — “Environmental advocates have jumped another hurdle in their quest to make sure FirstEnergy and its subsidiaries provide enough funding for safe closure of their nuclear power plants. On August 2, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission made an initial recommendation to accept the Environmental Law & Policy Center’s petition for review on […]

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

Coal subsidy, solar project tangled in case before Ohio Supreme Court

COLUMBUS — “The fate of a pair of 1950s-era coal plants and the largest solar project ever proposed in Ohio are entangled in a single case before the state’s Supreme Court. American Electric Power agreed to build the 400-megawatt solar project in Appalachian Ohio as part of a controversial settlement […]

Mayking Fire Chief Tony Fugate (left) and the volunteer fire department's treasurer, Buddy Sexton, speak to residents about their station's rising electricity costs during an Aug. 2 public meeting. Credit: James Bruggers/InsideClimate News
Coal / Energy

Cost of Coal: Electric bills skyrocket in Appalachia as region’s economy collapses

As natural gas and renewables get cheaper elsewhere, residents in Appalachia are stuck paying for coal-fired power plants that no longer make economic sense WHITESBURG, Kentucky — Buddy Sexton opened a community meeting about the financial troubles of local volunteer fire departments with his head bowed: “Let people understand what […]

Crain’s editorial: Power play
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Crain’s editorial: Power play

CLEVELAND — “It has been a summer of introspection and discussion about what it will take to push Cleveland’s economy in more of an innovative direction and into a higher gear. One project that represents both just received a key state approval and, while it’s still far from becoming a reality, […]

An offer utilities can’t refuse: The low cost of utility-scale solar
Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

An offer utilities can’t refuse: The low cost of utility-scale solar

Despite some policy uncertainty, large solar projects are now “competitive with coal and gas.” WASHINGTON, DC — “New numbers show the ‘beautiful friendship’ between utilities and solar is growing and bringing the U.S. power system’s transition to higher renewables penetrations along. …Wind and solar were 8.2% of U.S. generation in 2017, with […]

Sarah Taylor, Windustrious Cleveland
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Astroturfing exposed in the opposition to the Icebreaker Project on Lake Erie

CLEVELAND — “The growing excitement for offshore wind development on the Great Lakes is great to see. William Friedman, of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, has announced that they have identified the likely staging area to handle the massive foundation structures for the wind turbines. In Europe, ports with heavy-capacity […]

Cuyahoga County to weigh in on lawsuit that threatens Brooklyn landfill solar farm
Energy / FirstEnergy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

Cuyahoga County to weigh in on lawsuit that threatens Brooklyn landfill solar farm

CLEVELAND — “A lawsuit filed by FirstEnergy’s Cleveland Electric llluminating Co. could derail a $10 million solar farm project at the closed Brooklyn landfill that is largely funded by Cuyahoga County. The county’s Board of Control approved $142,000 to hire Bricker & Eckler LLP to represent the county in the lawsuit. That hire […]