Coal

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 […]

The proposed bailout for Ohio’s coal plants: A bad idea any way you look at it
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

The proposed bailout for Ohio’s coal plants: A bad idea any way you look at it

CAMBRIDGE, MA — “Ohio’s three biggest electricity providers are asking the state to approve a bailout plan that would force Ohioans to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in extra charges to keep some of the nation’s oldest, dirtiest, and least efficient power plants operating. If the proposals are approved, […]

This town was named after a company residents say is slowly poisoning them
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

This town was named after a company residents say is slowly poisoning them

DUKEVILLE, NC — “Today, most of the trees sticking out of the pond next to Sherry’s backyard are branchless and leafless, hacked off at the top like broken matchsticks. And the pond is actually a waste pit, storing six million tons of coal ash — a byproduct from coal-burning at […]

Massey Energy Co. chief executive Don Blankenship testifies in May 2010 at the U.S. Senate’s Health and Human Services subcommittee hearing on mine safety, just a few weeks after 29 miners died at the Massey-operated Upper Big Branch Mine, in Raleigh County.
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Longtime Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship indicted

CHARLESTON, WV — “Don Blankenship, the longtime chief executive officer of Massey Energy, was indicted Thursday on charges that he orchestrated the routine violation of key federal mine safety rules at the company’s Upper Big Branch Mine prior to an April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners. A federal grand […]

Dear PUCO: My family cares about saving money on our electric bill
Coal

Dear PUCO: My family cares about saving money on our electric bill

LJ Turner on his cattle ranch near North Antelope Rochelle mine in Wyoming. Photograph: Mae Ryan/Guardian
Coal

The real story of US coal: inside the world’s biggest coalmine

NORTH ANTELOPE ROCHELLE MINE, WY — “In the fossil fuel jackpot that is Wyoming, it can be hard to see a future beyond coal. One of the few who can is LJ Turner, whose grandfather and father homesteaded on the high treeless plains nearly a century ago. Turner, who raises […]

AEP says its coal-fired power plants are at risk for closure unless they can guarantee some income.
AEP / Coal / Energy

Businesses call AEP’s price-guarantee request ‘unfair’ and ‘harmful to competitive markets’

COLUMBUS — “A group of 12 big Ohio electricity users says American Electric Power Company Inc.’s proposed coal-plant price guarantee is “unfair to shopping customers and harmful to competitive markets.” Lowe’s Home Improvement (NYSE: LOW), Staples Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) and Macy’s Inc. (NYSE:M) are among the companies who signed the […]

The Gen. James M. Gavin Power Plant in Cheshire, Ohio (Richard Martin)
AEP / Coal / Energy

For $20 million, a coal utility bought an Ohio town and a clear conscience

CHESHIRE — “The plants, though, are still there, consuming about 35,000 tons of coal every day. A gray mountain of coal ash looms above what’s left of the town. AEP, though, may not have entirely escaped liability for the environmental effects of the plants: In early September a new lawsuit […]

The Gavin Power Plant near Cheshire, Ohio. (Photo by Jeff Lovett via Creative Commons)
AEP / Coal / Energy

Ohio pollution complaint unrelated to coal ‘bailout’ plan

CHESHIRE — “American Electric Power (AEP) is on notice that it may be sued for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act by its Gavin Power Plant in Cheshire, Ohio. Last week, the Sierra Club sent a 60-day notice of intent to sue, which claims that excess emissions of sulfur dioxide created a ‘public nuisance‘ in […]

AEP and the Sierra Club are battling over the company's coal plants.
AEP / Coal / Energy

No quiet period for AEP Ohio in PR game

COLUMBUS — “The latest proposal from AEP Ohio is perhaps its most complicated: It wants Ohio customers to shoulder the risk for four of its coal-fired power plants to ensure their long-term viability. It’s a complicated proposal, spurred by the impact of federal environmental regulations, the rising prominence of U.S. shale gas and […]