Archive for January, 2019

A screenshot from a video of Samuel Randazzo speaking at a meeting organized by the Seneca Anti-Wind Union.
Renewable Energy

Samuel Randazzo: PUCO candidate is an opponent of renewable energy

COLUMBUS — “Samuel Randazzo, an attorney and lobbyist known for playing a leading role in political attacks on renewable energy and energy efficiency in Ohio, is the among the candidates vying for a seat on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). Randazzo is one of nine candidates who will be interviewed by the […]

Perry Nuclear Power Station as seen from Headlands State Park, Mentor, Ohio (Credit: Wainstead/Public Domain)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

FirstEnergy Solutions has tentative restructuring agreement with creditors, hopes to emerge from bankruptcy this fall

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy Solutions wants state lawmakers to create a customer-paid subsidy for its nuclear power plants and several months ago hired a lobbying team to convince Ohio lawmakers that the Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear plants are essential to the state’s economy and “grid critical.” Previously parent company FirstEnergy tried and […]

$300 million wind project starting in Hardin, Logan counties
Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

$300 million wind project starting in Hardin, Logan counties

COLUMBUS — “Work has started on a long-awaited wind project for Hardin and Logan counties. Innogy, a German-based renewable energy company, said today that construction will start this spring on the $300-million project that will place 72 turbines in the counties. The project will be operational by the end of 2020. […]

Coal ash is contaminating groundwater in at least 22 states, utility reports show
Coal / Coal Ash

Coal ash is contaminating groundwater in at least 22 states, utility reports show

So far, utilities have acknowledged the presence of enough health-harming contaminants like arsenic to trigger cleanup rules at 70 coal-fired power plant sites WASHINGTON, DC — “This new national picture of coal ash contamination has emerged in part because the environmental groups Earthjustice and Environmental Integrity Project, with others, have combed through utility […]

Fate of AEP Ohio solar project hinges on question of need
AEP / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

Fate of AEP Ohio solar project hinges on question of need

Ohio regulators will rule on the need for the largest-yet solar energy project proposed in the state COLUMBUS — “Ohio regulators began hearing evidence this week to decide the fate of American Electric Power’s proposal for 400 megawatts of solar energy in Appalachian Ohio. If approved, the combined project in Highland County would […]

Credit: Kristian Buus / Creative Commons
Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

State weighs huge solar farm proposal today

COLUMBUS — “At stake is an AEP proposal to build 400 megawatts of solar power, generated across two solar panel farms, in Highland County, south of Clinton County. The utility wants to develop a total of 900 megawatts of renewable energy production in Ohio. AEP contends the project would be a […]

2018 year-in-review
Call to Action / Environmental Justice / Ohio Citizen Action

2018 year-in-review

CLEVELAND — “In 2018, Ohio Citizen Action was faced with many challenges, but turned them into progress. During the year, our field canvassers knocked on 104,337 doors, spoke to 57,252 people, collected 18,872 petition signatures and accepted 9,839 contributions. Our phone canvassers followed up with members in 12,673 conversations, collected 2,978 […]

Photo by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency / Flickr
Coal

EPA proposal would put federal mercury rules on shakier legal ground

Changing how benefits are calculated could undercut the justification for mercury standards and other rules. WASHINGTON, DC — “The Environmental Protection Agency announced Dec. 27 that it would leave the federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rules in place. However, new number-crunching would undermine the justification for the rule. What would the […]

Utilities speed up closure of coal-fired power plants
Coal / Energy

Utilities speed up closure of coal-fired power plants

Wind, solar and natural gas become more cost-competitive, driving shift to new energy sources MERRILLVILLE, IN — “Northern Indiana Public Service, part of NiSource Inc., concluded that phasing out coal sooner was worth it because it would move the company to what is becoming a cheaper source of power, and […]

A clean energy revolution is rising in the midwest, with utilities in the vanguard
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

A clean energy revolution is rising in the midwest, with utilities in the vanguard

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — “Xcel Energy of Minnesota in early December said it would go to zero carbon emissionsthroughout its eight-state territory by 2050, the first major utility to do so. That followed some big steps by Consumers Energy in Michigan and NIPSCO in Indiana, which issued plans to shut down coal-fired […]