Coal

Ohio Citizen Action attended the PUCO hearing in Columbus yesterday. From left to right: Sarah Flood, Sammi Tuckerman, Kate Aylward, --, Noah Yasi, Jamie Petroff, Jessica Smith-Szabo, Jessica Kramer, and ---. Kneeling: Amanda Wager, Becca Leslein, and --.
AEP / Coal / Energy

‘Bailout’ or safeguard? Income guarantee for AEP power plant debated

COLUMBUS — “After thousands of pages of testimony and hours of hearings, yesterday provided one more day to debate a hotly contested proposal by American Electric Power. …Although the case focuses on one site, Kyger Creek Plant in southeastern Ohio, the decision will affect several other companies that are seeking […]

AEP exec: PUCO testimony to focus on legality and public policy
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP exec: PUCO testimony to focus on legality and public policy

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. has spent a year trying to convince Ohio regulators to approve guaranteeing profits for its share of a coal-fired power plant. That apparently wasn’t enough for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, and AEP attorneys on Wednesday will get a rare (and short) […]

This chart from the redacted version of testimony submitted on behalf of the Sierra Club projects that customers would incur a cumulative loss (green line) for at least 10 years under Duke Energy’s proposed power purchase agreement plan.
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

While seeking ‘bailout,’ Ohio utilities keep cost data secret

COLUMBUS — “As Ohio utilities seek to require the public to help pay for aging power plants, they are also fighting to keep data that could be used to evaluate those plans under wraps. FirstEnergy, Duke Energy and American Electric Power have asked the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) […]

Lenny Kohm worked at Appalachian Voices for nearly 13 years, during which time his wisdom and deep understanding of what moves people to take action became woven into the fabric of the organization.
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

The Book of Lenny

BOONE, NC — “Lenny had little patience for tactics that were not part of a plausible path to victory. “Never let your tactic become your goal,” he often warned. And while he had nothing against conferences or demonstrations, anyone who suggested holding one with Lenny present had to be prepared […]

The spill at Dan River
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

The spill at Dan River

Lesley Stahl reports on how Duke Energy is handling over 100 million tons of coal ash waste in North Carolina CHARLOTTE, NC — “Every year coal-burning power plants generate not only electricity, but a staggering amount of leftover coal ash that contains heavy metals unhealthy to humans. Yet due in […]

AEP lobbies for Ohio to guarantee coal plant income
AEP / Coal

AEP lobbies for Ohio to guarantee coal plant income

COLUMBUS — “It’s a contentious battle between environmental proponents who want to see coal-fired generation shuttered, and utilities in the state who believe the generation is essential to affordably powering Ohio businesses. AEP is not alone in proposing these types of arrangements, and Ohio Citizen Action said on its website […]

The Sierra Club has launched a new ad campaign to fight what it thinks is a bailout for electric utilities like AEP.
AEP / Coal

Utility using form letters to get local governments to petition regulators on controversial power purchase plan

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. is rounding up supporters to put pressure on state regulators deciding a case with major implications on Ohio’s deregulated energy market. The company (NYSE:AEP) is taking a page from some of its environmental foes known for using form letters in mass letter-writing campaigns. […]

Ohioans tell the Governor and US EPA that they want climate action
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Ohioans tell the Governor and US EPA that they want climate action

COLUMBUS — “Rep. Mike Foley (D-Cleveland) said in a press event announcing his and other Ohio lawmakers’ support of the Clean Power Plan that it is “vitally important” that the U.S. lead on developing clean forms of energy to reduce the effects of climate change. He indicated that Ohio – […]

U.S. EPA director Gina McCarthy’s proposal would cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels within 16 years.
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Ohio agencies oppose U.S. plan for power-plant carbon cuts

COLUMBUS — “Target reductions vary across the country; in Ohio, the proposed federal goal would cut carbon emissions by 28 percent from 2005 levels. At the time of the announcement, Ohio’s power plants already had cut their greenhouse-gas emissions by 16.5 percent from 2005 levels, the U.S. Energy Information Administration […]

Five years on, millions in costs from AMP’s cancelled coal plant still hang over towns and cities
AMP / Coal / Energy

Five years on, millions in costs from AMP’s cancelled coal plant still hang over towns and cities

CLEVELAND — “Original estimates put construction expenses at $1.5 billion, but that price had more than doubled by the fall of 2009, to almost $3.5 billion. The member communities that had agreed to take part in the deal, much to their detriment, had signed 50-year  take-or-pay contracts in 2007 and […]