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FirstEnergy will retire or sell 836 MW of fossil generation
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy will retire or sell 836 MW of fossil generation

COLUMBUS — “In nearly two years of debate at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, FirstEnergy and its utility colleagues told regulators that Sammis and other aging baseload would be essential in preserving reliability and preventing an over-reliance on natural gas. PUCO approved eight-year power purchase agreements last year for […]

Sandy Buchanan, executive director of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysisng,has worked on a variety of energy issues involving coal, nuclear, utilities, renewables, and energy efficiency since the 1980s. She served as executive director of Ohio Citizen Action for 20 years before joining IEEFA in 2013.
Energy / FirstEnergy

IEEFA Cleveland: The Lights Are on but the Bills Are Too Damn High

CLEVELAND — “On the private utility side, as IEEFA has documented in a series of reports, FirstEnergy has made a string of corporate decisions to keep rates high, even after Ohio deregulated electricity in 2000 in hopes of encouraging competition. FirstEnergy sought and received a $6.9 billion bailout, approved by […]

Fighting Obama’s Climate Plan, but quietly preparing to comply
Clean Power Plan

Fighting Obama’s Climate Plan, but quietly preparing to comply

CHEYENNE, WY — Matt Mead, the governor of Wyoming, the nation’s leading coal-producing state, fiercely opposes President Obama’s climate change regulations, which could shutter hundreds of coal plants and deeply wound his state, one of 27 that are suing to block the plan. Nevertheless, Mr. Mead, a Republican, has ordered […]

Kroger should stop selling canned goods with toxic chemicals in the linings, UC Professor Heather Zoller says
Ohio Citizen Action / Right-to-Know

Kroger should stop selling canned goods with toxic chemicals in the linings, UC Professor Heather Zoller says

CINCINNATI — “As the largest grocery chain in the U.S., Kroger has the market power to have toxic chemicals like BPA removed from food packaging and products sold in its stores. To its credit, Kroger has recognized this is a problem and pledged action on BPA. Five years ago, Kroger […]

Blood On The Mountain documentary film screening event
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Blood On The Mountain documentary film screening event

CLEVELAND — Nuevo Cleveland and Ohio Citizen Action will host a screening of “Blood On The Mountain” outdoors at Nuevo Cleveland during the Republican National Convention. From the Producers of “The Appalachians” and “Coal Country”, “Blood On The Mountain” is a searing investigation into the economic and environmental injustices that […]

California’s biggest utilities break own record for solar power
Energy

California’s biggest utilities break own record for solar power

SAN LUIS OBISPO CO, CA— “California’s booming solar industry had a record day last week when the state’s largest utilities generated more power than ever from the sun. The state’s largest power grid, the California Independent System Operator, or ISO, on Tuesday managed enough solar energy to power 2 million […]

Consumer groups maintain rate increase cases and power purchase agreements filed by the utilities are muddying the waters of Ohio's energy market.
Coal / Energy

Groups: Serious talk needed about future of Ohio’s energy market

COLUMBUS – “Ohio’s energy market experienced some confusing changes in recent years, and some consumer groups contend electric customers deserve a more level playing field. Deregulation was approved in 1999, which allowed customers to purchase their power from a retailer of their choosing. Since then, the Public Utilities Commission of […]

Clean Power Plan / Energy

Nearly all U.S. coal plants now comply with the EPA Mercury Rule that was shot down by Supreme Court

Estimated Annual Number of Adverse Health Effects Avoided Due to Implementing the MATS Health Effect Cases Avoided Premature death 4,200-11,000 Chronic bronchitis 2,800 Heart attacks 4,700 Asthma attacks 130,000 Hospital and emergency room visits 5,700 Restricted activity days 3,200,000 WASHINGTON, DC — “About 1,400 coal and oil plants are affected […]

CERES report reveals which electric utilities recognize the clean energy future we need
Energy

CERES report reveals which electric utilities recognize the clean energy future we need

State policies matter a whole lot Both reports show a pretty direct correlation between the utilities that are doing the most for renewable energy deployment and planning and the states with the most ambitious clean energy policy goals. States like California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, and Oregon — all […]

Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio’s alternative-energy freeze undermines jobs, innovation and investment: Alan R. Frasz and Chuck Gile (Opinion)

CLEVELAND —”Whether buying or selling, businesses like ours need stable rules to invest with confidence. But Ohio’s uncertain energy policy over the last two years has undermined investment in advanced-energy industry companies and products in the state. That’s costing us all money. Since 2009, technological improvements in renewable energy have […]