PUCO slow to act on AEP rate plan The Kyger Creek Power Plant, located near Gallipolis, Ohio
GAO report outs Ohio’s flawed fracking waste disposal program GAO report outs Ohio’s flawed fracking waste disposal program
Energy efficiency programs will end for FirstEnergy customers FirstEnergy is abolishing is energy efficiency programs for consumers and businesses, paving the way, say critics, for more expensive power to flow through transmission substations like this one in Avon Lake.
Ohio Utility Bailouts What’s the problem?

What’s the problem?

Ohio is at a crossroads about the future of energy use in our state. As ratepayers we need to speak out now. Three of Ohio’s four largest utilities — companies that rarely agree on anything — are teaming up in an attempt to dial back on deregulation. Stop the bailout […]

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You’ll find it at Ohio Citizen Action. This is the chance to roll up your sleeves and make a difference. You’ll get to know the environmental issues and the people they affect in our area. Here, you can really put your values into action by earning a living and making […]

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Ohio has only begun to tap into its clean energy resources. Continuing the state’s commitment to these resources could bring significant benefits to Ohio as it diversifies its electricity mix away from an over-reliance on fossil fuels.
Clean Power Plan

Ohio senate president stacks the deck against renewable energy

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s clean energy standards may never get the evidence and science-based review that was promised. Last week, Ohio senate president Keith Faber appointed outspoken opponents of renewable energy and energy efficiency to a committee supposedly intended to do an objective review of Ohio’s clean energy standards. Most disappointing is the inclusion of […]

Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good. Abbi O’Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Few lessons taken from ash spills

EDEN, NC — “Duke’s splash into the Dan River was the nation’s third large ash spill in less than a decade. Like the Tennessee Valley Authority and Pennsylvania’s PPL, Duke repeated apologies, made community gifts and pledged to close its ash basins. Why, as evidence grew that ash ponds are problematic, […]

Longtime activist and friend of the mountains, Lenny Kohm dies
Coal / Energy / Mountaintop Removal

Longtime activist and friend of the mountains, Lenny Kohm dies

TODD, NC — Lenny Kohm, photojournalist, activist and friend of the mountains died last week in his home in North Carolina. Lenny came to Ohio in 2008 as an organizer with Appalachian Voices to work with Ohio Citizen Action on our campaign to stop mountaintop removal mining. He was a kind […]

For oil and gas companies, rigging seems to involve wages, too
Hydraulic Fracturing

For oil and gas companies, rigging seems to involve wages, too

U.S. Department of Labor investigations have uncovered hundreds of cases in which oil and gas workers, many involved in dangerous jobs, are being cheated of earnings WASHINGTON, DC — “A ProPublica review of U.S. Department of Labor investigations shows that oil and gas workers – men and women often performing […]

Ohio Rep. Mike Foley
Energy

Energy bill fell prey to posturing

COLUMBUS — “Last week, Republican Senate President Keith Faber of Celina asked Senate Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni of Boardman to submit his two choices for the committee tasked with studying the standards. While the makeup of the committee already favored big utilities over the needs of Ohioans, Faber disregarded his […]

Peddlers are free to knock on Columbus doors until 8 p.m.
Ohio Citizen Action

Peddlers are free to knock on Columbus doors until 8 p.m.

COLUMBUS — “Columbus’ 8 p.m. curfew applies only to commercial solicitors, said Assistant City Attorney Josh Cox. He said commercial activity still has some First Amendment protection, and city officials felt that, to be safe, they should move the curfew back two hours. He said it doesn’t apply to nonprofit […]

The arctic blast of last January has now blown into a common pleas courtroom in a struggle over "polar vortex" surcharges on industrial and commercial electric bills.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Polar Vortex charges land FirstEnergy Solutions in court

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy’s insistence that commercial and industrial customers pay its ‘polar vortex’ expenses has landed the company in court. About a dozen industrial and commercial customers have filed a complaint in Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court against FirstEnergy Solutions over surcharges — ranging from nearly $9,000 to more than $290,000 […]

The Kyger Creek Power Plant, located near Gallipolis, Ohio
AEP / Coal / Energy

PUCO slow to act on AEP rate plan

COLUMBUS — “Most of the plan is not controversial, but a small part has led to vocal opposition from environmental advocates and others. That provision says that AEP customers would provide a guarantee of income from the Kyger Creek Plant, a coal-fired power plant in southeastern Ohio. This is part […]

GAO report outs Ohio’s flawed fracking waste disposal program
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

GAO report outs Ohio’s flawed fracking waste disposal program

WASHINGTON, DC — The Government Accountability Office released a report Tuesday revealing that Ohio alone, among eight states studied, fails to require advance disclosure of chemicals in fracking waste before it’s disposed of in injection wells. Each of the other seven states (including neighboring Pennsylvania and Kentucky) requires this information […]

FirstEnergy is abolishing is energy efficiency programs for consumers and businesses, paving the way, say critics, for more expensive power to flow through transmission substations like this one in Avon Lake.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Energy efficiency programs will end for FirstEnergy customers

AKRON — “FirstEnergy is abolishing most of its Ohio consumer and business energy efficiency programs by the end of the year — on the grounds that the elimination will lower monthly electric bills. The company will continue similar programs in Pennsylvania and in other states where FirstEnergy also operates local power […]