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EPA maligned by business says U.S. Courts, George W. Bush made us do it
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EPA maligned by business says U.S. Courts, George W. Bush made us do it

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. regulator criticized by business groups for proposing the most new rules of any agency, says the courts and former President George W. Bush have left it no choice. Companies are bracing for and complaining about a raft of requirements with three- […]

High costs bury AEP’s carbon plan
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High costs bury AEP’s carbon plan

Lower natural gas prices and policy concerns also affected decision COLUMBUS — “High costs have trumped high hopes in the quest to reduce globe-warming pollution from coal-fired power plants. A day after American Electric Power said it would halt a project to bury carbon dioxide deep beneath a coal-fired power […]

‘Aggressive’ decay eats at power-plant scrubbers
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‘Aggressive’ decay eats at power-plant scrubbers

Defect no minor matter: Billions have been spent, and customers are helping to foot the bill COLUMBUS — “When American Electric Power installed a pollution scrubber at its Cardinal plant along the Ohio River in 2007, it was supposed to last 25 years. That might not happen. About a year […]

AEP is overbuilt in Ohio: 1 gigawatt more power than it needs
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AEP is overbuilt in Ohio: 1 gigawatt more power than it needs

COLUMBUS – American Electric Power (AEP) has one gigawatt more power than it needs in Ohio, according to the company’s Ohio Long-Term Forecast report to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, filed on April 15, 2011. One gigawatt is equal to 1,000 megawatts, and is the generating power of one […]

U.S. EPA: Cheap natural gas will retire more coal plants than clean air rules
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U.S. EPA: Cheap natural gas will retire more coal plants than clean air rules

WASHINGTON, DC — “Many of the nation’s aging coal-fired power plants are being retired not because of new Clean Air Act rules but because they cannot compete with plants burning inexpensive natural gas, a top EPA official said at a June 30 Senate hearing. ‘We now have a coal fleet […]

AEP spent $2 million lobbying in the 1st quarter
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AEP spent $2 million lobbying in the 1st quarter

NEW YORK, NY — “Electric utility American Electric Power Co. spent $2 million lobbying the government in the first quarter on clean air and clean water rules, according to a recent disclosure report. That’s about half of the $3.6 million that the company spent in the fourth quarter of last […]

Why electric companies have all the power
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Why electric companies have all the power

NEW YORK, NY — “There are so many layers of bullshit in AEP’s claims that it’s hard to know where to begin.  From the moment the Clean Air Act was passed in the 1970s, big coal burners like AEP have been arguing that any attempt to clean up power plants […]

A.E.P. protests too much
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A.E.P. protests too much

NEW YORK, NY — “American Electric Power, one of the nation’s largest utilities, warned last week that new air quality rules could force it to ‘prematurely’ shut down about two dozen big coal-fired units and fire hundreds of workers. This is a deceptive and particularly cynical claim. The utility is […]

AEP: Closing plants were ‘nearing the end of their lives’
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AEP: Closing plants were ‘nearing the end of their lives’

American Electric Power recently announced it would speed up the closure of five plants, three of which are in West Virginia BECKLEY, WV — “Yet no matter what the EPA timetable is for implementing the new and proposed regulations, AEP sees all three plants with limited futures, said Charles Patton, […]

AEP rate proposal a ‘blank check,’ critic says
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AEP rate proposal a ‘blank check,’ critic says

Few attend public hearing on utility’s proposal to raise electricity prices in 2012 and beyond COLUMBUS — “The 1,000-plus-page rate proposal would create about two dozen charges that would have to be approved separately at a later date, covering costs for decommissioning power plants, environmental programs and many other things. […]