FirstEnergy Corp. wants its customers to guarantee profitability of its largest coal-fired power plant in Ohio for the next 15 years. The company argues that after the first three years, Sammis would actually make money for customers because wholesale prices would increase. Critics disagree.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Plans to make you pay more to keep coal-fired power plants running is a “bailout,” and other key findings of new poll

COLUMBUS — “Ohioans want more renewable energy and strongly oppose rate increases to help old, coal-fired power plants continue to operate, a new survey has found. The Sierra Club and Public Citizen, a consumer group, commissioned the random telephone survey of 526 people served either by American Electric Power of […]

Duke Energy's W.C. Beckjord Station in New Richmond, Ohio.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Duke Energy plant that spilled diesel into Ohio River written up by feds in the past

EPA had concerns before Monday night’s spill NEW RICHMOND — “The Duke Energy power plant that spilled thousands of gallons of diesel fuel into the Ohio River late Monday has been written up by federal agents in the past. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Coast Guard officials estimated about 5,000 […]

Diesel spill at Duke Energy plant leaks thousands of gallons of fuel oil into Ohio River
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Diesel spill at Duke Energy plant leaks thousands of gallons of fuel oil into Ohio River

NEW RICHMOND — “Thousands of gallons of diesel fuel spilled out onto the Ohio River after an incident at a power plant early Tuesday. The Coast Guard said it estimated about 8,000 gallons of fuel spilled out from Duke Energy’s W.C. Beckjord power station outside of Cincinnati. …Officials said the three […]

Write the US EPA: Reduce carbon emissions from Ohio coal plants
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Write the US EPA: Reduce carbon emissions from Ohio coal plants

Ohio is at a crossroads about the future of energy use in our state. As ratepayers we need to speak out now. First Energy, American Electric Power and Duke Energy have submitted plans to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) for financial bailouts of some of their most outdated […]

A proposal by FirstEnergy would essentially guarantee a buyer for power from its Sammis power plant near Stratton, Ohio, and other facililties. (Photo by Chris Dilts via Creative Commons)
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FirstEnergy touts benefits of plan critics decry as ‘bailout’

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy says a proposed deal between its regulated Ohio utilities and their unregulated generation affiliate would create a windfall for ratepayers. However, the utility has been opaque about releasing information that could shed light on this claim. …Either way, FirstEnergy’s plan presumably builds anticipated costs into the contract […]

We don’t have to choose between jobs and environment: Michael J. Piepsny
Coal / Energy

We don’t have to choose between jobs and environment: Michael J. Piepsny

CLEVELAND — “The proposed EPA standards require power plants to emit fewer greenhouse gases into the air when they operate. Simply, this means power plants will be built or retrofitted to be cleaner/more energy-efficient than current plants. This requirement will help reduce the costs of pollution-related illness and spur the […]

Live Band Karaoke Challenge
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Live Band Karaoke Challenge

August 15, 2014 at 8pm at the Northside Tavern in Cincinnati

Electricity companies seek some regulation
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Electricity companies seek some regulation

COLUMBUS — “Three of Ohio’s four largest utilities — companies that rarely agree on anything — are teaming up in an attempt to dial back on deregulation. The companies — American Electric Power, Duke Energy and FirstEnergy — are asking state regulators to guarantee profits on a select number of […]

FirstEnergy has announced that it would delay planned capital improvements at two of its largest and most critical power plants in Pennsylvania, including the Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power station, above.  Steve Mellon/Post-Gazette
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Energy firm FirstEnergy stops new sales to residential clients

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp. has decided that residential customers are as unpredictable as the weather, so it is stopping new sales to them effective immediately. The Ohio-based energy company is reshuffling the customers in its competitive segment — which includes FirstEnergy Solutions, an electricity supplier that competes with utilities — […]

FirstEnergy Corp. briefly mothballed its W.H. Sammis power plant in 2012 because the company could buy gas-fired electricity in wholesale markets for less than it cost Sammis to generate it. The huge, coal-fired power plant on the Ohio River generates twice as much electricity as two nuclear power plants. Now the company wants its regulated companies to buy all of the plant's output.
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FirstEnergy Corp. looking to rate payers to support its struggling unregulated power plants

AKRON — “The proposed Ohio rate plan would run from June 2016 through May 2016. It would extend many of the provisions of the current rate plan — and add one new wrinkle — a provision to use the steady profits from the regulated Ohio companies  to subsidize two of […]