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The Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center is among Ohio schools seeing significant cost savings from energy efficiency. (Image via E2 / YouTube capture)

Ohio energy-efficiency slowdown could have broad impacts

COLUMBUS — “Schools, cities and businesses could lose out if Ohio further rolls back state policies that have spurred job growth in the state’s clean energy sector, industry leaders say. Approximately 89,000 Ohioans work in jobs involving clean energy, and the sector still has plenty of room to grow, Environmental […]

Construction employees at the NiSource gas processing plant working next to the methodizer September, 2013.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Oil and gas industry fighting back on possible tax increase

COLUMBUS — “As oil and gas is taken from the ground across eastern Ohio, state leaders have spent the last three-and-a-half years kicking around proposals to increase Ohio’s 20 cents per barrel severance tax – a rate that Gov. John Kasich calls ‘unconscionable.’ In his initial budget, Kasich proposed a […]

The Mountaineer Wind Energy Center is shown on Backbone Mountain near Thomas, W.Va., Wednesday, July 9, 2003. The windmill farm has 44 turbines atop 228-foot-tall towers, producing enough energy to power 22,000 homes. (Associated Press, File)
Clean Power Plan / Energy

Ohio must reverse course to continue its clean energy progress

CLEVELAND — “When it comes to Ohio energy policy, we’ve seen some steps in the wrong direction this past year. Last May, the Ohio state legislature passed and then Gov. Kasich signed into law an ill-advised bill, Senate Bill 310, to freeze the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for […]

Standing from left to right: Bryan Sonnega, Casey Worth, Christina Calderon, Dan Kerschner, Cory Stewart, Mike Blood, and JC Satt. Front row: Jordan Opst, Jacob VanWagoner, Annie Kreutzber, and Noah Yasi.
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Citizen Action

6,677 letters to stop the utility bailouts in Ohio

Cincinnati Canvass Cleveland Canvass CINCINNATI and CLEVELAND — As of May16, 6,677 Ohio Citizen Action members have sent handwritten letters urging the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and Governor John Kasich to stop the financial bailout of Ohio’s outdated, least efficient coal plants. FirstEnergy, American Electric Power and Duke Energy […]

Duke Energy’s coal ash spill from February 2014 sent 82,000 tons of the industrial waste product into North Carolina's Dan River. Credit: Waterkeeper Alliance/Rick Dove
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

With huge coal ash fines, Justice Dept. puts industry on notice

In contrast to weak EPA regulations, recent ruling takes a strong stand on mishandling of coal ash by utility giant Duke Energy WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. Justice Department’s recent prosecution of three Duke Energy subsidiaries for improper handling of toxic coal ash marked the most significant federal crackdown on […]

The organization Environmental Entrepreneurs claims that Ohio Senate Bill 310 has put the clean-energy sector in a tailspin and is jeopardizing the jobs of 89,000 Ohioans.

Clean-energy sector hurt by Ohio S.B. 310

Group says freeze on standards set state back TOLEDO — “Since last June, when Ohio lawmakers froze the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards, the state’s clean-energy sector has suffered an economic setback and will stay in jeopardy unless the freeze is lifted, an organization of business leaders, investors, […]

Income-guarantee request envelops Davis-Besse nuclear plant in controversy again
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Income-guarantee request envelops Davis-Besse nuclear plant in controversy again

COLUMBUS — “As FirstEnergy prepares for what will be a bruising hearing, company officials are saying Davis-Besse’s electricity is a type of ‘green’ power, with almost zero harmful emissions, and warning that the plant may close without the stability of an income guarantee. ‘Davis-Besse produces enough carbon-free electricity to energize […]

AEP revises request for coal-plant income guarantee
AEP / Coal

AEP revises request for coal-plant income guarantee

COLUMBUS — “The filing with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, made late on Friday, is an addition to one made last October, taking into account what has happened since then in the electricity market and with PUCO rulings. The October proposal addressed four coal-fired power plants: W.H. Zimmer, J.M. […]

Why EPA’s alleged ‘war on coal’ may actually be a war on wasting energy
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Why EPA’s alleged ‘war on coal’ may actually be a war on wasting energy

WASHINGTON, DC — “The growing criticisms of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions have a common theme — the agency and the president, it is often alleged, are waging a “war on coal.” And indeed, if the so-called “Clean Power Plan” is successfully implemented by the […]

May 19, 2015 FirstEnergy shareholders meeting in Akron protested by pastors, vets, labor, students, and retirees.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy investors infuriated over company’s pro-coal stances

AKRON — “Nearly a dozen shareholder groups are furious with FirstEnergy for its stance on  energy efficiency rules and its efforts to hang onto its coal-fired power plants as long as possible. They argue that FirstEnergy’s campaign in 2014 to kill Ohio energy efficiency rules, its reluctance to embrace renewable […]