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Standing from left to right: Bryan Sonnega, Casey Worth, Christina Calderon, Dan Kerschner, Cory Stewart, Mike Blood, and JC Satt. Front row: Jordan Opst, Jacob VanWagoner, Annie Kreutzber, and Noah Yasi.
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Citizen Action

6,677 letters to stop the utility bailouts in Ohio

Cincinnati Canvass Cleveland Canvass CINCINNATI and CLEVELAND — As of May16, 6,677 Ohio Citizen Action members have sent handwritten letters urging the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and Governor John Kasich to stop the financial bailout of Ohio’s outdated, least efficient coal plants. FirstEnergy, American Electric Power and Duke Energy […]

Duke Energy’s coal ash spill from February 2014 sent 82,000 tons of the industrial waste product into North Carolina's Dan River. Credit: Waterkeeper Alliance/Rick Dove
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

With huge coal ash fines, Justice Dept. puts industry on notice

In contrast to weak EPA regulations, recent ruling takes a strong stand on mishandling of coal ash by utility giant Duke Energy WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. Justice Department’s recent prosecution of three Duke Energy subsidiaries for improper handling of toxic coal ash marked the most significant federal crackdown on […]

Income-guarantee request envelops Davis-Besse nuclear plant in controversy again
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Income-guarantee request envelops Davis-Besse nuclear plant in controversy again

COLUMBUS — “As FirstEnergy prepares for what will be a bruising hearing, company officials are saying Davis-Besse’s electricity is a type of ‘green’ power, with almost zero harmful emissions, and warning that the plant may close without the stability of an income guarantee. ‘Davis-Besse produces enough carbon-free electricity to energize […]

AEP revises request for coal-plant income guarantee
AEP / Coal

AEP revises request for coal-plant income guarantee

COLUMBUS — “The filing with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, made late on Friday, is an addition to one made last October, taking into account what has happened since then in the electricity market and with PUCO rulings. The October proposal addressed four coal-fired power plants: W.H. Zimmer, J.M. […]

Why EPA’s alleged ‘war on coal’ may actually be a war on wasting energy
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Why EPA’s alleged ‘war on coal’ may actually be a war on wasting energy

WASHINGTON, DC — “The growing criticisms of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions have a common theme — the agency and the president, it is often alleged, are waging a “war on coal.” And indeed, if the so-called “Clean Power Plan” is successfully implemented by the […]

May 19, 2015 FirstEnergy shareholders meeting in Akron protested by pastors, vets, labor, students, and retirees.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy investors infuriated over company’s pro-coal stances

AKRON — “Nearly a dozen shareholder groups are furious with FirstEnergy for its stance on  energy efficiency rules and its efforts to hang onto its coal-fired power plants as long as possible. They argue that FirstEnergy’s campaign in 2014 to kill Ohio energy efficiency rules, its reluctance to embrace renewable […]

AEP had sought a guaranteed rates for some of its older plants, including one near Conesville, Ohio.
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP now wants quick decision on latest power purchase agreement proposal

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. isn’t resting in its quest to guarantee the financial stability of its Ohio coal-fired power plants. The company now is asking state regulators to render a decision – and fast – on an expansive power purchase agreement so it can decide if it […]

Net metering going under the microscope in Ohio
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Net metering going under the microscope in Ohio

COLUMBUS  — “Net metering provides a way for utility customers to feed electricity they might produce with renewable or advanced energy technologies back into the grid. Under Ohio law, customers are supposed to pay only for their net electricity use and get credit for any excess ‘identical in rate structure‘ […]

Dick Munson is EDF's Director, Midwest Clean Energy.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy will raise rates to recoup bad bets on coal

NEW YORK, NY — “…Since the 2012 closure announcement, FirstEnergy was allowed to collect up to $300 million a month with the assumption these units generated power all the time. But they didn’t run continuously. Finally, FirstEnergy spent millions of dollars to build new transmission lines along the Ohio River. […]

FirstEnergy making push for new plan, opponents dub it a coal plant bailout
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy making push for new plan, opponents dub it a coal plant bailout

COLUMBUS — “AEP tried it. Duke Energy tried. And now FirstEnergy is taking a swing at what’s known as a Power Purchase Agreement. This is a plan to pass part of the costs of operating power plants on to the ratepayers. The proposal would impact the Davis-Besse nuclear plant in […]