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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 […]

Timber Road II wind project in western Ohio. 
Photo by David Grant / Creative Commons
AEP / Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

AEP to spend $1B for stakes in seven wind farms

COLUMBUS — “AEP Corp. is forging ahead with plans to grow its renewable energy business. The Columbus-based utility announced after markets closed Tuesday that its competitive renewable energy subsidiary has signed an agreement to acquire Sempra Renewables LLC, which controls stakes in seven wind farms and 724 megawatts of wind power, […]

Industry wanted this Ohio River Commission to stop setting pollution standards. It almost gave in.
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Industry wanted this Ohio River Commission to stop setting pollution standards. It almost gave in.

The commission was under pressure to drop its standard-setting authority and let each state act on its own. But what happens upstream affects everyone. LOUISVILLE, KY — “Last summer, under pressure from industries and power utilities, the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) had taken a preliminary vote to abandon its […]

AEP Ohio Weighs in on Pick for PUCO Chairman
AEP / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

AEP Ohio Weighs in on Pick for PUCO Chairman

COLUMBUS — “Sam Randazzo’s appointment to chair the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio sent up red flags to supporters of AEP’s 400 megawatt solar farm. Randazzo’s former group, Industrial Energy Users-Ohio, is against the proposal. AEP Ohio Vice President Marc Reitter said Randazzo is smart and experienced, and Reitter hopes he gives their proposal a fair shot. ‘He’ll […]

Justice Department, Ohio AG warn FirstEnergy Solutions and FirstEnergy on environmental obligations
Coal / FirstEnergy

Justice Department, Ohio AG warn FirstEnergy Solutions and FirstEnergy on environmental obligations

CLEVELAND — “The U.S. Department of Justice fired a warning shot this week across the bow of FirstEnergy Solutions and its path toward restructuring itself free of past debt and other obligations. The warning did not leave out parent company FirstEnergy, which negotiated a deal with FES and creditors last summer […]

Governor Mike DeWine
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Group raises questions about Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s connection to polluting industries

article originally published June 2, 2016 WASHINGTON, DC  — “Several times now, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has joined other Republican state attorneys general in suing the Obama administration in efforts to derail federal environmental rules. At the same time, DeWine — a possible contender for Ohio governor in 2018 […]

Coal ash is contaminating groundwater in at least 22 states, utility reports show
Coal / Coal Ash

Coal ash is contaminating groundwater in at least 22 states, utility reports show

So far, utilities have acknowledged the presence of enough health-harming contaminants like arsenic to trigger cleanup rules at 70 coal-fired power plant sites WASHINGTON, DC — “This new national picture of coal ash contamination has emerged in part because the environmental groups Earthjustice and Environmental Integrity Project, with others, have combed through utility […]