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Ohio’s energy future: What’s the problem?

Ohio is at a crossroads about the future of energy use in our state. As ratepayers and citizens we need to speak out now. Three of the largest utilities in Ohio filed four proposals at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) in 2013 & 2014. These requests seek to […]

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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 […]

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Your donations provide support for research, community organizing, and lobbying for campaigns including giving Ohioans the right-to-know and the right to say no about hydrofracking in our state, moving Ohio away from its reliance on dirty coal-fired power plants, and “good neighbor campaigns” in which neighbors of polluting facilities have […]

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Ohio Citizen Action practices door to door democracy throughout the state – year round. Here are just a few of people like you who have taken action. Our members have been sending personalized picture postcards to the Public Utilities Commission to oppose the AEP and FirstEnergy bailouts. Click here for […]

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Energy / FirstEnergy

Sign the petition to stop the bailout

First Energy, American Electric Power and Duke Energy have submitted plans to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) for financial bailouts of some of their most outdated and expensive coal plants. They want to force us to buy the power from these old expensive plants for the next 15 […]

(Photo by Carlos Lowry via Creative Commons)
Energy / FirstEnergy

Report: FirstEnergy profit guarantee would cost consumers billions

COLUMBUS — “…the PUCO hearing did include testimony from parties that say FirstEnergy’s forecast likely is incorrect. This includes the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, which commissioned its own study showing that consumers would see their costs increase the same amount shown in this new report, $4 billion. The […]

U.S President Barack Obama speaks about the Clean Power Plan during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Obama announced sweeping rules aimed at reducing the use of coal in power plants, setting himself for a political and legal fight akin to the one he’s still waging over his signature health care program. Photographer: Olivier Douliery/Bloomberg
Clean Power Plan

Coal states score on a ‘Hail Mary’ pass to temporarily block Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, DC — “In what could be described as nothing less than a ‘Hail Mary’ attempt to block the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, the coal states have scored. In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to delay the carbon reduction plan’s implementation until it can […]

Calculator finds efficiency can meet much of Midwest states’ Clean Power Plan targets
Clean Power Plan / Energy

Calculator finds efficiency can meet much of Midwest states’ Clean Power Plan targets

WASHINGTON, DC — “Midwest states can make significant strides toward meeting Clean Power Plan goals through energy efficiency, according to a new calculator developed by an advocacy organization. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) just released the State and Utility Pollution Reduction Calculator Version 2, or SUPR […]

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The Ohio River near New Richmond, Ohio, with the coal-fired Zimmer Power Station in the background.
Clean Power Plan / Energy

What’s next for Ohio under Clean Power Plan?

COLUMBUS — “Little chance remains for a stay while Ohio and other states challenge the Clean Power Plan, say environmental advocates. Consequently, Ohio and various other states must continue preparing their state plans to meet the rules’ targets, despite their opposition to the plan. The Clean Power Plan aims to […]

Study: FirstEnergy’s Ohio plan would cost ratepayers $4 billion
Energy / FirstEnergy

Study: FirstEnergy’s Ohio plan would cost ratepayers $4 billion

 Proposal aims to protect company shareholders and outdated plants CLEVELAND — “A proposal by Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. to keep four aging electricity generation plants alive will cost ratepayers in Ohio almost $4 billion through 2024, a new study by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis concludes. The report,A […]

AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Foes of utility profit guarantees brew up ad campaign

COLUMBUS — “An overpriced cup of coffee is being used to illustrate a complex utility-regulation issue in a new television ad by a group that opposes profit guarantees for American Electric Power and FirstEnergy. The ad serves as the launch of a campaign sponsored by the Alliance for Energy Choice, […]

Wind turbines are an increasingly common sight as commercial wind farms proliferate.
Energy

China blows past the U.S. in wind power

Reducing air pollution is a bigger incentive than lowering carbon emissions WASHINGTON, DC — “China solidified its standing as the world’s wind energy behemoth in 2015, adding almost as much wind power capacity in one year as the total installed capacity of the three largest U.S. wind-producing states: Texas, Iowa […]

About 85 percent of male smallmouth bass collected in national wildlife refuges in the Northeastern U.S. had eggs were growing in their testes. Pollutants that mimic sex hormones are the suspected culprit.
Right-to-Know

Why are these male fish growing eggs?

Fish in wildlife refuges are feminized, probably by hormone-skewing pollution. What does this portend for the health of all creatures—and people? SWANTON, VT — “Scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey studied fish in 19 national wildlife refuges in the U.S. Northeast, including Missisquoi. […]

AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Renewable energy charges to show up on AEP bills

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. customers will soon see the costs of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs on their bills. An Ohio law that froze the state’s alternative energy standards included a requirement that power companies include the cost of such programs on customers’ bills. Ratepayers have […]