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Calculator finds efficiency can meet much of Midwest states’ Clean Power Plan targets
Clean Power Plan / Energy

Calculator finds efficiency can meet much of Midwest states’ Clean Power Plan targets

WASHINGTON, DC — “Midwest states can make significant strides toward meeting Clean Power Plan goals through energy efficiency, according to a new calculator developed by an advocacy organization. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) just released the State and Utility Pollution Reduction Calculator Version 2, or SUPR […]

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The Ohio River near New Richmond, Ohio, with the coal-fired Zimmer Power Station in the background.
Clean Power Plan / Energy

What’s next for Ohio under Clean Power Plan?

COLUMBUS — “Little chance remains for a stay while Ohio and other states challenge the Clean Power Plan, say environmental advocates. Consequently, Ohio and various other states must continue preparing their state plans to meet the rules’ targets, despite their opposition to the plan. The Clean Power Plan aims to […]

Study: FirstEnergy’s Ohio plan would cost ratepayers $4 billion
Energy / FirstEnergy

Study: FirstEnergy’s Ohio plan would cost ratepayers $4 billion

 Proposal aims to protect company shareholders and outdated plants CLEVELAND — “A proposal by Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. to keep four aging electricity generation plants alive will cost ratepayers in Ohio almost $4 billion through 2024, a new study by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis concludes. The report,A […]

AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Foes of utility profit guarantees brew up ad campaign

COLUMBUS — “An overpriced cup of coffee is being used to illustrate a complex utility-regulation issue in a new television ad by a group that opposes profit guarantees for American Electric Power and FirstEnergy. The ad serves as the launch of a campaign sponsored by the Alliance for Energy Choice, […]

Wind turbines are an increasingly common sight as commercial wind farms proliferate.
Energy

China blows past the U.S. in wind power

Reducing air pollution is a bigger incentive than lowering carbon emissions WASHINGTON, DC — “China solidified its standing as the world’s wind energy behemoth in 2015, adding almost as much wind power capacity in one year as the total installed capacity of the three largest U.S. wind-producing states: Texas, Iowa […]

About 85 percent of male smallmouth bass collected in national wildlife refuges in the Northeastern U.S. had eggs were growing in their testes. Pollutants that mimic sex hormones are the suspected culprit.
Right-to-Know

Why are these male fish growing eggs?

Fish in wildlife refuges are feminized, probably by hormone-skewing pollution. What does this portend for the health of all creatures—and people? SWANTON, VT — “Scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey studied fish in 19 national wildlife refuges in the U.S. Northeast, including Missisquoi. […]

AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Renewable energy charges to show up on AEP bills

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. customers will soon see the costs of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs on their bills. An Ohio law that froze the state’s alternative energy standards included a requirement that power companies include the cost of such programs on customers’ bills. Ratepayers have […]

AEP and FirstEnergy say the guarantees are needed to maintain a reliable power grid.
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Power-grid operator concerned about profit guarantees for plants

COLUMBUS — “The operator of Ohio’s electricity grid has some big concerns about profit-guarantee proposals for American Electric Power and FirstEnergy, but is treading carefully in its comments. PJM Interconnection filed a brief on the AEP proposal on Monday, urging Ohio utility regulators to be aware of that subsidizing one […]

This Nov. 18, 2008 file photo shows the coal-fired power plant in Colstrip in southeastern Montana. Possible pathways are starting to emerge on how to reach the carbon-cutting goals set for Montana by 2030. The state faces the nation’s most stringent cuts under President Barack Obama’s climate change plan to reduce emissions nationwide 32 percent. (James Woodcock/Billings Gazette via AP, File)
Clean Power Plan

The staggering economic cost of air pollution

WASHINGTON, DC — “Air pollution caused by energy production in the U.S. caused at least $131 billion in damages in the year 2011 alone, a new analysis concludes — but while the number sounds grim, it’s also a sign of improvement. In 2002, the damages totaled as high as $175 […]

Davis-Besse to be at full power later this week
Energy / FirstEnergy

Davis-Besse to be at full power later this week

Fuse failure led to shutdown Friday OAK HARBOR — “FirstEnergy Corp. expects its Davis-Besse nuclear plant to be back at full power later this week. A fuse failure in a monitoring system automatically shut down the reactor Friday afternoon, idling the plant over the weekend. By early Monday morning, according […]