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?

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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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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 […]

Duke Energy says it will close SC coal ash pits
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Duke Energy says it will close SC coal ash pits

COLUMBIA, SC — “Duke Energy told state regulators Tuesday it plans to remove coal ash from one of its South Carolina waste pits and close two more at a power station that environmentalists say threatens the Saluda River. Environmentalists said the plan was a good first step, but didn’t go […]

Energy efficiency should be “customer driven,” says FirstEnergy executive, defending the company’s efforts to dismantle state efficiency rules
Energy / FirstEnergy

Energy efficiency should be “customer driven,” says FirstEnergy executive, defending the company’s efforts to dismantle state efficiency rules

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy is poised to amend its energy efficiency programs to allow large customers to opt out of them. The amendment, which could be filed with state regulators as early as today, would probably not affect consumers, but it is the first of a series of changes expected to […]

The federal government has proposed speed limits for trains carrying crude oil through urban areas.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Oil and gas production outpacing regulation, GAO says

WASHINGTON, DC — “Oil and gas production is outpacing both pipeline construction and regulation, and the U.S. Department of Transportation needs to consider making new rules, a federal agency said Monday. …The DOT began looking at safety regulations for pipelines in 2011, but didn’t propose new regulations. Since then pipeline […]