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Editorial: Propping up coal, nuclear would be needless, destructive
Coal / Energy

Editorial: Propping up coal, nuclear would be needless, destructive

COLUMBUS — “President Donald Trump’s desire to prop up money-losing coal and nuclear plants is absurd enough on its face that one doesn’t need a lot of help arguing against it. Coal is losing its place to cleaner and cheaper natural gas. It is dirty and dangerous not only in the […]

FirstEnergy’s request for Trump relief draws more critics
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy’s request for Trump relief draws more critics

TOLEDO — “The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel has filed a formal protest with U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Alan M. Koschik about FirstEnergy’s request for an emergency order from Mr. Perry to ensure the utility’s nuclear and coal-fired power plants remain economically viable. Created by the Ohio General Assembly in 1976, the […]

Trump to save coal, nuclear plants that are unable to compete
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Trump to save coal, nuclear plants that are unable to compete

CLEVELAND — “The Trump Administration is moving to temporarily save old coal and nuclear plants like those owned by FirstEnergy. According to wire reports, the president has asked Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to create a ‘strategic electric generation reserve’ loosely patterned after the Strategic Petroleum Reserve created more than 40 […]

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

Money pit or fuel hedge? In Midwest, it depends who’s paying

WASHINGTON, DC — “How can two companies tell a federal judge that the 60-year-old coal plants are a financial albatross and simultaneously argue to utility regulators that the plants are a good investment for consumers? And rely on the work of the same consultant? The answer depends on who’s paying […]

Fossil fuel & utility money mostly goes to DeWine in early 2018, while Kucinich takes No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge in Ohio governor’s race
Coal / Energy

Fossil fuel & utility money mostly goes to DeWine in early 2018, while Kucinich takes No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge in Ohio governor’s race

COLUMBUS — The campaign contributions that fossil fuel and electric utility interests have made in Ohio’s race for governor during the first four months of 2018 have largely gone to Republican candidate Mike DeWine. Republican Mary Taylor has also received several donations from the fossil fuel industry in the first four […]

Victory on fixed rate hikes
AEP / Dayton Power & Light / Duke Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes / Victory

Victory on fixed rate hikes

Thanks to the 22,765 people who filed official comments opposing Duke, AEP and DP&Ls proposed fixed rate hikes In the fall of 2015, Ohio utilities began proposing increases in the fixed rate or “customer charge” of residential electric bills. This flat fee is a delivery charge that has nothing to […]

A coal company CEO wants to buy FirstEnergy Solutions’ coal-fired power plants
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

A coal company CEO wants to buy FirstEnergy Solutions’ coal-fired power plants

An energy industry analyst says Robert Murray’s idea may not be doable CLEVELAND — “The head of one of the nation’s biggest coal companies says he can keep First Energy Solutions’ coal-fired power plants from shutting down. Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray tells Bloomberg news that if government subsidies are granted he can […]

Murray Energy’s war on clean energy in Ohio
Coal / Freeze on Clean Energy

Murray Energy’s war on clean energy in Ohio

Murray Energy lobbied on a bill to roll back renewable energy “mandates” in Ohio, while it fought for government intervention to bail out coal-fired power plants. COLUMBUS — “Coal producer Murray Energy lobbied on the latest bill to roll back renewable energy ‘mandates’ in Ohio, while it fought for government […]

Here’s what utilities have promised to deliver on renewables, emissions
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Here’s what utilities have promised to deliver on renewables, emissions

LANSING, MI — “A Midwest Energy News review of investor-owned utilities in the region found three-quarters of them have made voluntary renewable or emission pledges that go above and beyond what’s required under state laws. All but four of the 17 companies have set voluntary goals for renewables, emissions or both. Seven utilities have […]

Ohio utilities aren’t ready to share federal tax cut with customers
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio utilities aren’t ready to share federal tax cut with customers

COLUMBUS — “The full benefits of last year’s federal tax cuts haven’t trickled down to Ohio gas and electric bills, and if it’s up to the utilities it could be a while before that happens. Ohio utility regulators, like those in virtually every state, are deliberating on what to do with millions in tax savings […]