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AEP / Renewable Energy

AEP renewable energy charge getting scrutiny

COLUMBUS — “Your bill from American Electric Power is the sum of many parts, including a charge for renewable-energy programs. That charge has doubled at the same time that the overall bill has decreased. Called the Alternative Energy Rider, the charge is about $2 for a typical household this month. […]

AEP's Clifty Creek power plant in Madison, Indiana is among the facilities covered under income guarantee plans recently approved by Ohio regulators. 
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Coal / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Proposed Ohio subsidy for coal-fired power plants now uncertain

COLUMBUS — “A proposal to subsidize two coal-fired power plants is no longer on a fast track and might not pass at all. This is a shift from last month, when House Bill 239 seemed to be moving quickly toward becoming law, despite opposition from consumer and environmental groups. The […]

The Kyger Creek power plant in Cheshire, Ohio, on the Ohio River began operating in 1955 to make power for a uranium enrichment plant in Piketon, Ohio. Since 2003, the plant, which is owned by a company created by other electric utilities, has been selling its power either into wholesale markets or sending it to its member companies. Now the plant is facing competition from natural gas turbine power plants, which can make electricity at a lower cost (Credit: Ohio Valley Electric Corp).
Coal / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Don’t subsidize coal, Consumers’ Counsel, NOPEC, AARP, Ohio Manufacturers’ Association tell lawmakers

CLEVELAND — “Ohio lawmakers and opponents of controversial ‘fast-tracked’ legislation designed to shift the costs of two 62-year-old coal power plants to consumers are heading for a showdown this week. Two bills, which have been moving through both the House and Senate utilities committees, were to be voted out of […]

The Oregon Clean Energy Center, an 860-megawatt gas turbine power plant east of Toledo, is expected to begin commercial operations within weeks. Private developers raised the $800 million to build the plant, which will sell its power into wholesale electric markets. Oregon's developers are building a similar plant in Lordstown and are seeking permits to build a second plant at each location. Utility legislation pending before the Ohio legislature to subsidize old nuclear and coal power plants could derail those plans. (Oregon Clean Energy Center)
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy / Utilities

Electric bill increases guaranteed in Ohio if certain legislation passes

CLEVELAND — “A power struggle has erupted in the Statehouse pitting Ohio’s traditional electric utilities against new independent power producers, as well as consumer, environmental and business groups wary of rate increases. The outcome will have an impact not only on what consumers will pay for power in the future, but […]

U.S. power plant emissions fall to near 1990 levels, decoupling from GDP growth
Coal / Energy

U.S. power plant emissions fall to near 1990 levels, decoupling from GDP growth

The economy is growing as carbon dioxide emissions fall and renewable energy rises. A new report examines the carbon footprint of the top electricity generator WASHINGTON, DC — “Emissions from the nation’s power generators have been on the decline, even as the economy has grown—providing evidence that contradicts pro-coal arguments […]

The White House exaggerated the growth of coal jobs by about 5,000 percent
Coal

The White House exaggerated the growth of coal jobs by about 5,000 percent

WASHINGTON, DC — “On Sunday’s ‘Meet the Press,’ Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, claimed that the U.S. has created 50,000 jobs in the coal sector since the fourth quarter of 2016. The statistic carries an important message for the White House. Trump has brought extraordinary attention […]

The other reason to shift away from coal: Air pollution that kills thousands every year
Coal

The other reason to shift away from coal: Air pollution that kills thousands every year

PITTSBURGH, PA — “In a recent research study with colleagues at Carnegie Mellon, I analyzed how human health and the environment would be affected if all coal-fired power plants in the United States switched to natural gas – an extension of a trend that is already underway. We found that […]

Study: Ohio opt-out will cost state billions in benefits
AEP / Coal / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Study: Ohio opt-out will cost state billions in benefits

WASHINGTON, DC — “Our new research shows that utility customers would pay a hefty price if more large customers were allowed to opt out of energy efficiency programs. In Ohio’s case, they would pay billions of dollars. Fundamental fairness suggests that because these programs benefit everyone, everyone should pay for […]

West Frankfort, a city of 8,000 people in the heart of southern Illinois' coal-producing region, hosts a festival every spring to celebrate its mining heritage and the contributions of current and former miners who live in the area. But no matter what President Trump says, there's little optimism here that the mining industry will be restored to prominence (Credit: Jeffrey Tomich/E&E News).
Coal

COAL: No one is holding breath for Trump-led revival in this IL town

WEST FRANKFORT, IL — “It’s Friday afternoon in May at Terry’s Barber Shop, just hours before the midway and carnival games kick off a block away at the Old King Coal Festival, an annual celebration of the area’s mining heritage that goes back to 1941. Terry Chambers opened his barbershop […]

Sierra Club to testify against Ohio subsidy for coal-fired plants
Coal / Energy

Sierra Club to testify against Ohio subsidy for coal-fired plants

COLUMBUS — “The Sierra Club is scheduled to testify Tuesday that House Bill 239 is a bad idea for consumers and the planet. This follows a hearing last week during which utility-company officials called the plan a prudent approach to a complicated situation and a way to preserve jobs. …Under […]