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Energy Secretary Rick Perry's former campaign chairman, Jeff Miller (second from left), sat behind Perry during his Senate confirmation hearing (Credit: C-SPAN).
Energy

Lobbying: Longtime aide cashes in after fixing Perry’s ‘oops’ image

WASHINGTON, DC — “Jeff Miller directed Rick Perry’s 2016 presidential campaign and shepherded the Energy secretary through the Senate confirmation process. Now, he’s cashing in. A handful of energy companies paid Miller’s recently launched lobbying practice $1.17 million through the first nine months of 2017, federal lobbying disclosures show. The […]

Oil and other industrial wastes caught fire on the Cuyahoga River on November 1, 1952.
EPA

Theodore Decker: EPA’s inaction stirs memories of Ohio’s polluted past

COLUMBUS — “It would be nice to think that an era in which rivers and eyeballs burned from pollution was firmly in the past. But with Donald Trump in the White House and Scott Pruitt his main man at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it may be that noxious days are […]

Repeal 2014 setback rules for wind turbines
Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Repeal 2014 setback rules for wind turbines

TOLEDO — “Wind energy developers considered this requirement highly onerous, and their money followed them out of Ohio. A 20-page report by two Washington-based industry groups, the American Wind Energy Association and the Wind Energy Foundation, found Ohio has foregone roughly $4.2 billion in potential economic development since the 2014 rules […]

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Coal / Energy

A moment of truth arrives for Rick Perry’s widely hated coal bailout

WASHINGTON, DC — “Donald Trump campaigned for president with intense support from coal miners and coal mining communities. He promised them the moon — mines would reopen, their jobs would come back, and their communities would thrive. Like many of Trump’s promises, these are impossible to keep, but he’s been […]

The Oregon Clean Energy Center near Toledo, now fully operational, is the first of as many as 10 large gas turbine power plants either under construction, approved or planned for Ohio by independent power producers. Each of the plants will generate nearly 1,000 megawatts and run around he clock, increasing the pressure on old coal and nuclear power plants. However, the federal Department of Energy has proposed to federal regulators a Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule to help keep old coal and nuclear plants from closing, with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission expected to take final action on the rule soon (Credit: Oregon Clean Energy Center).
Ohio Utility Bailouts

Ohio manufacturers ask FERC to say ‘no’ to new energy tax: Ryan Augsburger (Opinion)

CLEVELAND — “The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will soon decide whether or not to increase the price of electricity paid by manufacturers and working families in Ohio and across the Northeast and Midwest. If enacted, the proposed rule change would deal a serious blow to America’s manufacturing competitiveness by requiring consumers to […]

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

Power Failure: How utilities across the U.S. changed the rules to make big bets with your money

CHARLESTON, SC — “Listen to the folks who run some of our biggest electric utilities: Tom Fanning, chief of Southern Company, in 2016 about its nuclear project in Georgia, which is years behind schedule: ‘It has gone beautifully. And we’re on schedule.’ Kevin Marsh, CEO of SCANA, in 2016 about […]

Roberta Pratt outside her home in East Liverpool, Ohio. She said she doesn’t have the money to move away from the nearby industrial facilities. Credit Andrew Spear for The New York Times
Air Quality / Environmental Justice / EPA / Good Neighbor Campaigns

Ohio town, solid for Trump, now frets over EPA slowdown

EAST LIVERPOOL — “In Ohio, a change in state law that was tucked into a budget bill this year cut funding for an inspector in East Liverpool, even as Ohio authorities found continued evidence of air pollution violations at the Heritage Thermal incinerator, according to state records obtained by The Times. […]

Carla Walker
Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action Board of Directors — Carla Walker

“It always seems impossible, until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela Born and raised in Cincinnati, Carla Walker’s journey has taken her all over the world. From the halls of Harvard to Johannesburg South Africa, she has acquired the information, skills and network to truly be the change she wants to […]

Editorial: The Trump administration’s coal bailout
Coal / Energy

Editorial: The Trump administration’s coal bailout

NEW YORK, NY — “Federal energy regulators will soon vote on a ham-fisted Trump administration proposal to subsidize coal-fired power plants. This plan could cost families and businesses billions of dollars in higher electricity prices for no discernible public benefit. The measure in question comes from the energy secretary, Rick […]

With Hite gone, wind setbacks measure reintroduced under new sponsor
Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

With Hite gone, wind setbacks measure reintroduced under new sponsor

COLUMBUS — “An issue that some believe will reignite the wind energy industry is getting a new wave of support. A previous version of the bill stalled after the resignation of a senator. A northeast Ohio Republican lawmaker has reintroduced a bill to decrease wind setbacks, which is the distance a […]