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Bob Paduchik, a senior adviser to the Trump reelection campaign, made calls Tuesday night to at least five members of the Ohio House of Representatives, pressuring them to vote ‘yes’ on HB6.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Ohio advances coal, nuclear subsidies after pressure from Trump campaign official

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio House approved a bill Wednesday to gut clean energy standards and subsidize at-risk nuclear and coal plants after a last-minute push from a Trump reelection official to secure its passage. Bob Paduchik, a senior adviser to the Trump reelection campaign, made calls Tuesday night to at […]

House vote expected on revamped Ohio energy bill
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

House vote expected on revamped Ohio energy bill

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio House could vote this week on a massive overhaul of the state’s clean-energy programs. House Bill 6 would repeal the state’s renewable-energy and energy-efficiency standards, and create new subsidies through a new Ohio Clean Energy Fund for FirstEnergy Solution’s two nuclear power plants, as well as two […]

Energy overhaul: ‘Clean Air Program’ just for nuclear plants, not wind or solar
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Energy overhaul: ‘Clean Air Program’ just for nuclear plants, not wind or solar

COLUMBUS – “Ohio Republicans’ energy overhaul started as a thinly veiled attempt to rescue two northern Ohio nuclear plants with new fees on everyone’s electric bills. Now, the veil is off. Changes made to House Bill 6 last week would direct most of the $197.6 million collected from new fees on Ohioans’ electric bills to […]

Ohio Valley Electric Corp.'s 1,304-megawatt Clifty Creek coal plant in Madison, Ind. Crowezr/Wikipedia
Coal / Energy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Ohio House Republicans overhaul ‘clean-energy’ bill to focus on nuclear, coal subsidies

COLUMBUS — “Ohio House Republicans on Wednesday dramatically transformed a controversial “clean-energy” subsidy bill, turning it into a bailout plan for both nuclear and coal power plants owned by Ohio companies. The changes to House Bill 6, made by the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, would also end Ohio’s […]

The General James M. Gavin coal plant in southeast Ohio. Photo by: Analog Kid / Creative Commons
Coal / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Citizen Action / Ohio Consumers Power Alliance

Coal, nuclear cleanup costs central to FirstEnergy’s rejected bankruptcy plan

“Some of the former plant sites run by FirstEnergy and its predecessors were ‘really dirty coal plants,’ said Dick Munson, who directs clean energy efforts in the Midwest for the Environmental Defense Fund. ‘Some also have coal ash ponds that are just things that you want to get cleaned up. […]

GRAFTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 4: Employees from a Radian Generation's operations and maintenance team change out a faulty solar inverter along a row of solar panels December 4, 2017 at the family-owned Knowlton Farm in Grafton, Massachusetts. The 3.7 megawatt solar array is owned and operated by BlueWave Solar which feeds the generated electricity to homes and small businesses in nearby municipalities. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)
Coal / Renewable Energy / Research & Reports / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

New wind and solar power is cheaper than existing coal in much of the U.S., analysis finds

“Not a single coal-fired power plant along the Ohio River will be able to compete on price with new wind and solar power by 2025, according to a new report by energy analysts. The same is true for every coal plant in a swath of the South that includes the […]

Plunging prices mean building new renewable energy is cheaper than running existing coal
Coal / Renewable Energy

Plunging prices mean building new renewable energy is cheaper than running existing coal

LONDON, ENGLAND — “A new report reveals 42% of global coal capacity is currently unprofitable, and the United States could save $78 billion by closing coal-fired power plants in line with the Paris Climate Accord’s climate goals.  This industry-disrupting trend comes down to dollars and cents, as the cost of renewable energy […]

Huge proposed solar array at stake in PUCO case
AEP / Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Utilities

Huge proposed solar array at stake in PUCO case

  DAYTON — “If approved, the Highland solar farm would be the biggest such facility in Ohio. ‘Renewable energy is a good thing,’ said the consumers’ counsel’s brief filed Wednesday. ‘But AEP’s proposal to re-monopolize power plants in Ohio is an illegal thing. Under Ohio’s deregulation law, an AEP proposal […]

A chart from the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report shows U.S. energy carbon dioxide emissions and gross domestic product.
Coal / Energy

Emissions and economic growth don’t have to be in lockstep, report shows

The economy can grow while emissions from fossil fuels fall, but policy matters, said experts at an international science conference this month. FALMOUTH, MA — “‘Decreasing use of fossil fuels has the largest implications for reducing greenhouse gases,’ said Richard Birdsey, senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center in […]

Photos: (A) Google earth and (B) Tennessee Valley Authority
Coal / Coal Ash

Coal’s other dark side: Toxic ash that can poison water and people

Workers who cleaned up a huge spill from a coal ash pond in Tennessee in 2008 are still suffering—and dying. The U.S. has 1,400 ash dumps. KINGSTON, TN — “After the Kingston spill, environmental groups advocated regulating coal ash as hazardous waste. But the utilities and ACAA lobbied hard against […]