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FirstEnergy closes 104-year-old coal power plant, electric rates to rise FirstEnergy's Lake Shore power plant, built in 1911, is closing. The coal-fired plant has been the target of neighborhood groups and environmentalists for at least a decade. The company decided to close the old plant rather than upgrade it to meet new air standards reducing mercury and other toxic metal emissions.
Duke decision on Ohio ‘bailout’ proposal mirrors AEP ruling Duke decision on Ohio ‘bailout’ proposal mirrors AEP ruling
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. Duke and AEP […]

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Two years after West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, are workers any safer? New report says no

WEST, TX — “In a report released this week, the Center for Effective Government, a non-partisan government watchdog, examined emergency response planning and reporting on chemicals required of plants like West Fertilizer under the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA)—enacted in response to the 1984 release of deadly methylisocyanate gas […]

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Energy

Solar energy gets cloudy in Ohio

Ohio installers say they’re forced to pursue business out of state because of new energy law DUBLIN — “Hull & Associates of Dublin, the project manager behind a Brattleboro, Vt., solar array, has been looking far afield for work following a steep drop in projects in Ohio. The company is […]

Smoke rises from a number of cars that derailed and exploded from a train carrying crude oil in Aliceville, in western Alabama, early November 8, 2013, as pictured in this still image taken from video courtesy of WBMA/abc3340.com. REUTERS/WBMA/abc3340.com/Handout via Reuters
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Safety regulations issued for trains carrying oil

WASHINGTON, DC — “Responding to public pressure to act more quickly after a series of fiery train derailments involving oil shipments, the Transportation Department on Friday issued a series of emergency orders, including a 40-mile-an-hour speed limit for hazardous materials moving through urban areas. The emergency rules also require railroads […]

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The devastating coal ash spill at Kingston, TN, in December 2008. One billion gallons of toxic coal ash spilled from the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant, covering 300 acres.
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

First-ever coal ash rule published: Safeguards begin this fall

Victory: EPA safeguard brings relief, but communities concerned about House efforts to stop these overdue protections WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published its final coal ash rule that sets an effective date for public health safeguards as early as October 17, 2015. The long-awaited federal […]

FirstEnergy's Lake Shore power plant, built in 1911, is closing. The coal-fired plant has been the target of neighborhood groups and environmentalists for at least a decade. The company decided to close the old plant rather than upgrade it to meet new air standards reducing mercury and other toxic metal emissions.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy closes 104-year-old coal power plant, electric rates to rise

CLEVELAND— “Power prices will increase, but not because the plants closed Wednesday. It’s complicated. Rates will rise because of the date when FirstEnergy first announced it would close them, back in January 2012. That was just weeks after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would put new air standards in […]

Citizens rally to support clean air
Coal / Energy

Citizens rally to support clean air

CINCINNATI —  Cincinnati area residents in support of clean air and carbon pollution reduction took their message to Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati today.  Members of the Sierra Club and Ohio Citizen Action were on the square promoting the benefits of clean air to locals residents, and urging people to […]

Thick algae covered parts of Lake Erie on Aug. 7 off of Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon. How to prevent another occurrence without putting a big burden on industry or consumers is the subject of much debate among legislators and organizations lobbying them. THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH
Energy

Environmental group targets Ohio’s Portman over clean air

Renewable energy WASHINGTON, DC — “In apparent response to concerns about the Obama Administration’s carbon rule being too onerous for the poor, the Natural Resources Defense Council last week issued a report that claims the opposite. It cited examples of renewable energy projects in Kentucky, Illinois, Colorado, and California to […]

FirstEnergy to close 3 northeast Ohio coal-burning plants
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy to close 3 northeast Ohio coal-burning plants

AKRON — “FirstEnergy will close three coal-burning power plants on Wednesday as part of a company plan to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations on emissions of mercury and other air pollutants. The Akron-based corporation announced in January 2012 that it would close six coal-burning plants, including facilities […]

Fossil fuels just lost the race against renewables
Energy

Fossil fuels just lost the race against renewables

This is the beginning of the end. NEW YORK, NY — “The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there’s no going back. The shift occurred in 2013, when the […]