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When FirstEnergy closed its old Lake Shore power plant rather than try to update its pollution controls, the company found itself in a disagreement with railroad companies with which it had long-term coal delivery contracts. The railroads argued the company had broken its contracts when it shut down Lake Shore and other old plants and no longer needed the coal. A negotiated settlement is pending (Credit: Marvin Fong).
FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy’s profits down, FirstEnergy Solutions could be forced into bankruptcy over dispute with railroads

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp. says its profits in the first three months of the year were down compared to year-ago earnings, primarily because of expenses to settle railroad coal delivery contracts it no longer needs. …The company on Thursday announced to investors in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that […]

For the second month in a row, natural gas beat coal as the main source of U.S. electricity generation, accounting for 35.2 percent of supplies in August, a government report showed.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Coal-heavy utilities are changing course as the new energy economy unfolds

NEW YORK, NY — “The marketplace is bruising FirstEnergy Corp.’s competitive businesses and forcing it to pull back and zero-in on its regulated delivery systems where all of its returns are approved by utility commissioners. Other coal-heavy utilities are taking a different tack, however, and investing in the green energy […]

Appeal for Wheels
Ohio Citizen Action

Appeal for Wheels

Ohio Citizen Action has been knocking on doors since 1977.  In that time, we estimate we’ve made more than 11 million front porch visits that have been key to our many accomplishments over the decades. It may be low-tech, but having face-to face conversations with real people about our campaigns […]

Perry Nuclear Power Station as seen from Headlands State Park, Mentor, Ohio (Credit: Wainstead/Public Domain)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy CEO says bill is no bailout

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy’s president on Tuesday urged lawmakers to require consumers to pay more to keep the lights on at its two struggling nuclear power plants, or permanently risk losing a reliable and valuable source of electricity. Chuck Jones dismissed suggestions that House Bill 178 and its companion Senate Bill […]

Critics of AEP plan to raise billing fee see harm to low-income customers
AEP / Fixed Rate Hikes

Critics of AEP plan to raise billing fee see harm to low-income customers

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power wants to raise its billing fee by $10 per month, a proposal that critics say would hit low-income consumers hardest and would discourage clean-energy technologies. The opponents had the floor to themselves Tuesday at a public hearing before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. All […]

FirstEnergy's request that its customers should pay a little extra every month to keep the Davis-Besse nuclear reactor operating has put the company in the middle of a regulatory battle both in Ohio and before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Now financial analysts are concerned about the outcome.
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy nuke subsidy testimony begins, $300 million a year at stake

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy’s latest effort to funnel more money from its customers to its struggling power plants got under way late Tuesday with a plea to lawmakers from the company’s top executive. ‘Ohio cannot afford to continue heading down a path that could lead to less fuel-diverse and fewer homegrown […]

Today’s energy jobs are in solar, not coal
Coal / Energy

Today’s energy jobs are in solar, not coal

NEW YORK, NY – “President Trump has promised to revive the coal industry and double down on fossil fuels, creating “so many energy jobs,” but he has not focused on the increasingly important role of renewable power in America’s energy economy. Last year, the solar industry employed many more Americans […]

Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station cooling tower in July 2015 (Credit: Gregory Varnum, Creative Commons).
Energy / FirstEnergy

Exelon-style nuke bailouts threaten wind, solar

NEW YORK, NY — “The push to save U.S. nuclear plants for the sake of fighting climate change is threatening support for the bread and butter of clean power: wind and solar. New York and Illinois have already approved as much as $10 billion in subsidies to keep struggling reactors […]

Rosemary Roe – Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund Board member
Ohio Citizen Action

Rosemary Roe – Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund Board member

Rosemary Roe brings a wealth of non-profit experience and a deep understanding of how food and agriculture issues impact the economy and quality of life of rural Ohioans. In her role as Special Projects Coordinator for the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, she met Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund board […]

The Bruce Mansfield coal power plant can be seen through the windows of the Robert Dean Moore, a towboat with the Murray American River Towing, on the Ohio River on October 7, 2015 (credit: Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).
FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy awaits judgement that may hasten bankruptcy

PITTSBURGH, PA — “As FirstEnergy Corp., one of the largest electric utility companies in the U.S., is barreling toward a verdict on what to do about its money-losing power plant subsidiaries, a dispute with a couple of railroads may force the company’s hand. A decision in one of several contract […]