AEP loses out as regulators reject deal for guaranteed income AEP loses out as regulators reject deal for guaranteed income
PUCO rejects deal to have ratepayers subsidize a coal-fired power plant The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant might not survive, says FirstEnergy, unless its gets special treatment from the PUCO.
AEP’s plan for guaranteed coal-plant income rejected AEP’s plan for guaranteed coal-plant income rejected
Ohio’s oil-and-gas industry donations, ruling tied? Ohio’s oil-and-gas industry donations, ruling tied?
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FracFocus promises improvements in access, accuracy
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

FracFocus promises improvements in access, accuracy

WASHINGTON, DC — “The improvements to FracFocus are to include a “self-checking” feature designed to detect and correct errors when companies are entering the unique numbers for chemicals, called CAS numbers. The organizations said they will put an ‘emphasis’ on a reporting format called the ‘systems approach’ that they hope […]

Ann Knotek and her daughters protest the proposed Cleveland garbage incinerator in 2013.
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Ohio Citizen Action Board of Directors – Ann Knotek

What was your first contact with Ohio Citizen Action? I attended a community meeting concerning the proposed Cleveland incinerator. I didn’t know at the time, but Ohio Citizen Action was involved in organizing that meeting — which then led to my further involvement with the Cleveland Incinerator campaign and Ohio […]

AEP loses out as regulators reject deal for guaranteed income
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP loses out as regulators reject deal for guaranteed income

COLUMBUS — “Regulators have rejected American Electric Power Company Inc.’s controversial proposal to guarantee the utility a profit on its stake in a coal-fired Ohio power plant, but they left the door open for future plans. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio decided Wednesday that a so-called power purchase agreement […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant might not survive, says FirstEnergy, unless its gets special treatment from the PUCO.
AEP / Coal / Energy

PUCO rejects deal to have ratepayers subsidize a coal-fired power plant

COLUMBUS — “The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio made history Wednesday by declining to allow AEP Ohio to have ratepayers subsidize the continued operation of a 1950s-era coal-fired power plant it owns along with FirstEnergy and other state utilities. The decision — immediately applauded by consumer and environmental groups — […]

AEP’s plan for guaranteed coal-plant income rejected
AEP / Energy

AEP’s plan for guaranteed coal-plant income rejected

COLUMBUS — “Ohio utility regulators have rejected an American Electric Power proposal to guarantee income from two coal plants. Regulators said the plan was legal but would not benefit consumers. The coal-plant decision, which is part of a larger AEP rate case mostly approved today, has wide-ranging ramifications. Two other […]

Supreme Court review of mercury rules could impact Ohio
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Supreme Court review of mercury rules could impact Ohio

WASHINGTON, DC — “A case currently before the Supreme Court could decide whether coal-fired power plants can escape federal rules for mercury and other hazardous air emissions. The case has important consequences for Ohio and other parts of the Midwest. On the one hand, utilities and other challengers argue that […]

Andre Porter
Energy

Porter’s return to PUCO fuels speculation about chairman’s future

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s commerce director will move back to his old seat at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio amid speculation that he’ll soon become chairman. …The PUCO has a number of major decisions in front of it that have remain unanswered. A major American Electric Power Company Inc. (NYSE:AEP) […]

Ohio’s oil-and-gas industry donations, ruling tied?
Hydraulic Fracturing

Ohio’s oil-and-gas industry donations, ruling tied?

COLUMBUS — “Justice Judith L. French authored the majority opinion in Tuesday’s 4-3 ruling that said state law trumped local ordinances designed to keep fracking out. The decision was based on a 2004 law whose prime sponsor was a legislator named Tom Niehaus, a New Richmond Republican who went on […]

FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones is poised to remake the company
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones is poised to remake the company

AKRON — “FirstEnergy has run — not walked — away from its unregulated subsidiary FirstEnergy Solutions, which has owned all of the power plants since 2005. FES now operates conservatively, for example, by not booking orders for every megawatt it is capable of generating, but holding back some in case […]

Dynegy lobbying against AEP’s power purchase agreement plan
AEP / Coal / Energy

Dynegy lobbying against AEP’s power purchase agreement plan

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. (NYSE:AEP) is a stalwart of the Ohio business community, employing thousands throughout the state and in Central Ohio. So when the utility talks about its problems, political heavyweights tend to listen. Dynegy is a new player in the state, last year spending $2.8 […]