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Chuck Jones,  FirstEnergy CEO
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy CEO says it’s time to get conversation rolling about ending deregulation

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp.’s new chief executive officer thinks it’s time to have conversations about ending deregulation of the electric utility industry in Ohio, a move that some may argue is an about-face from the company’s stance in 2008. He also is making it a priority to ensure that the […]

Smoke is emitted from chimneys at the Waigaoqiao coal-fired power plant in Pudong, Shanghai. Photograph: Imaginechina/Corbis
Coal / Energy

World Bank rejects energy industry notion that coal can cure poverty

Bank has stopped funding new coal projects except in ‘rare circumstances’ LONDON, ENGLAND — “The World Bank said coal was no cure for global poverty on Wednesday, rejecting a main industry argument for building new fossil fuel projects in developing countries. In a rebuff to coal, oil and gas companies, […]

Coming soon: Final EPA ‘Clean Power Plan’
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Coming soon: Final EPA ‘Clean Power Plan’

WASHINGTON, DC — “All we really know for sure, though, is that EPA’s current regulatory agenda says that the final rule is due out in August, and that it’s still listed as being under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Here in West Virginia, of course, […]

he W.H. Sammis power plant's future operation could be more difficult under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rules on power plant carbon dioxide emissions.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy wants Ohio to end deregulation, return to state-controlled rates

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp. wants Ohio to re-regulate the electric utility industry, hoping to end an era the company itself fought for just seven years ago, in which electricity rates were set by wholesale markets without interference from the state. …Jones said FirstEnergy’s future is at risk if it cannot […]

Since 2008, coal has dropped from nearly half the U.S. power market to about 37 percent. | AP Photo
Coal / Energy

Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states

WASHINGTON, DC — “A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants. At the same time, the court upheld the EPA’s right to impose the […]

Coal is losing the war
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Coal is losing the war

Yes, there’s a war on coal, but the industry’s list of enemies goes way beyond the government PITTSBURGH, PA — “There is, indeed, a war on coal going on. But while politicians and industry lobbyists tend to identify the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama administration as coal’s chief antagonists, […]

A coal tipple lies abandoned near an closed mine site outside of Whitesburg, Ky., in June. (Joby Warrick/The Washington Post)
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy / Mountaintop Removal

Outrage over EPA emissions regulations fades as states find fixes

HAZARD, KY — “The story is the same across much of the country as the EPA prepares to roll out what is arguably the biggest and most controversial environmental regulation of the Obama presidency. Under the Clean Power Plan, states will have to find ways to achieve dramatic cuts in […]

What happens after the coal plant closes?
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

What happens after the coal plant closes?

ALBRIGHT, WV — “Sometime this summer, the EPA will issue regulations that limit carbon dioxide emissions from power generation, pushing more of the country’s 400 coal-fired power plants to close. The environmental and health benefits are undeniable, and overwhelming. The economic consequences for towns like Albright, where a coal plant […]

The coal ash disaster at the Kingston Fossil Plant, Tennessee—three years after the spill.
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Politics as dirty as coal ash: House bill lets polluters off the hook

WASHINGTON, DC — “On Wednesday, the House of Representatives will vote on HR 1734, Rep. David McKinley’s (R- WV) sixth attempt at a coal ash bill that protects his largest campaign contributors. This year’s bill weakens, delays or removes critical health protections recently established by the EPA to keep communities […]

Success story: Cleaner bluefish show effectiveness of US coal regulations, study says
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Success story: Cleaner bluefish show effectiveness of US coal regulations, study says

Large drop in bluefish mercury levels suggest fish eaters are consuming less of the toxic metal – and that U.S. reductions are working DURHAM, NC — “Mercury levels in bluefish caught off the U.S. Atlantic coast dropped more than 40 percent over the past four decades thanks to federal restrictions […]