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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 […]

Advocates hope Ohio energy committee will broaden focus
Energy

Advocates hope Ohio energy committee will broaden focus

COLUMBUS — “While an Ohio energy study committee is tasked by law to look broadly at both the costs and benefits of the state’s clean energy standards, advocates say most of the group’s focus so far has been on factors against them. ‘The committee has stated that they are coming […]

William M. Bowen is professor of public administration and urban studies at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Denying FirstEnergy’s power purchase agreement would leave Ohio’s regulators three-for-three

CLEVELAND — “The importance and value of distributed generation, renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency has, for a variety of reasons, now become more crucial than ever. Thus, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act requires something on the order of a […]

Duke decision on Ohio ‘bailout’ proposal mirrors AEP ruling
Coal / Duke Energy / Energy

Duke decision on Ohio ‘bailout’ proposal mirrors AEP ruling

COLUMBUS — “Ohio regulators have rejected the second of three utilities’ “bailout” proposals, presenting further hurdles for FirstEnergy in an upcoming hearing for its case…. ‘Price stabilization’ vs. ‘bailouts’ In general, Ohio law grants a monopoly to electric distribution utilities, but lets customers choose their electric generation suppliers. If approved, […]

The high-voltage lines outside NRG Energy's Avon Lake power plant will continue to be needed after NRG converts the plant's coal-fired boilers to gas rather than closing them.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Gas-fired power plants sprouting in Ohio to replace old coal-burners

CLEVELAND — “At least six gas-fired power plants are being built or on the drawing boards in Ohio. All are being built by independent power companies. They hope to capitalize on Ohio’s plentiful and cheap shale gas, on the decision by companies like FirstEnergy to close old coal-burning power plants rather […]