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Ivanpah, the world's largest solar farm, was funded largely by Google.
Energy

Electricity providers of the future: Not your grandmother’s utility

OAKLAND, CA — “Ohio-based FirstEnergy is the poster child of utilities clinging to the past. But its actions reflect a greater trend that, if allowed to advance, would disrupt markets and discourage innovation in the U.S. electricity industry. Over the past two years, FirstEnergy pleaded with Ohio regulators to bail […]

Crews work on a solar farm near Minster, Ohio.  Photo: American Renewable Energy and Power
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Advocates: Language in Ohio bill would ‘basically shut down’ solar

COLUMBUS — “A bill to extend the “freeze” of Ohio’s renewable energy and efficiency standards also contains provisions that would undermine solar growth in the state, advocates say. SB 320, which was introduced last month, “is unprecedented as far as what it’s proposing,” said Amy Heart, senior manager of public policy […]

Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) Announces Selection of a Developer for Lake Erie Wind Farm. (PRNewsFoto/Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation)
Energy

U.S. DOE awards $3.7 million to Lake Erie wind turbine project

CLEVELAND — “The U.S. Department of Energy is advancing another $3.7 million to the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. to continue engineering work on a proposed wind turbine project in Lake Erie about seven to 10 miles northwest of downtown Cleveland. … LEEDCo is aiming to build a 20-megawatt demonstration project, […]

FirstEnergy rate plan gets retooled
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy rate plan gets retooled

COLUMBUS — “A scuttled rate plan by FirstEnergy Corp. that would have charged customers possibly $4 billion over the next eight years to subsidize the utility’s economically noncompetitive coal and nuclear power plants has been revised to allow it to create what amounts to a rainy day fund. That fund, […]

From the power plant to your electric bill: Critical point for the future of energy in Ohio
Coal / Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

From the power plant to your electric bill: Critical point for the future of energy in Ohio

COLUMBUS — “Also looming in Ohio are the green energy standards that require utilities to deliver a certain amount of renewable energy and the federal Clean Power Plan which strives to reduce the amount of carbon emissions. Republican Senator Bill Seitz of Cincinnati opposes those standards, but says all these […]

Ohio court backs PUCO on pricing
Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio court backs PUCO on pricing

Effort to set energy rates detoured by FERC decision COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously upheld the method that was used by state regulators to set current rates in the service territory of Toledo Edison parent FirstEnergy Corp. The decision comes as efforts to set rates for […]

FirstEnergy reiterates its reliance on coal alongside green initiatives at annual meeting
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy reiterates its reliance on coal alongside green initiatives at annual meeting

AKRON — “Energy efficiency, renewable energy and retiring coal-burning plants will be key tools as FirstEnergy Corp. moves toward producing cleaner energy, said President and CEO Charles E. Jones. But coal remains a key part of the company’s plans, he said Tuesday in response to a question at the company’s […]

Cathy Cowan Becker looks at electric bill in her Grove City home. Photo: Andy Chow
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

From the power plant to your electric bill: Federal ruling sets stage for big decisions

COLUMBUS — “What Cathy [Cowan Becker] and the 4.7 million other Ohio customers that pay for electricity might not realize yet is that the future of their electric bills and the energy industry are approaching a monumental moment. And a decision from federal regulators regarding coal plants may have set […]

Growing our Future: 40th Anniversary Celebration in Cleveland
Ohio Citizen Action

Growing our Future: 40th Anniversary Celebration in Cleveland

Join local artists, activists, alumni, and friends to celebrate 40 years of Ohio Citizen Action, commemorating what we have accomplished together so far and looking forward to the future we are growing in Ohio. The event will feature dinner-by-the-bite, open bar, live accordion music, and silent auction featuring Northeast Ohio […]

Investment firms ask Kasich to bring back renewable energy standards
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Investment firms ask Kasich to bring back renewable energy standards

COLUMBUS — “A group of socially progressive and religious investment groups is urging Ohio Gov. John Kasich to remain committed to his declarations not to extend the state’s freeze on renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for utilities. Nine fund managers and groups who say they manage more than $15 […]