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Consumer groups maintain rate increase cases and power purchase agreements filed by the utilities are muddying the waters of Ohio's energy market.
AEP / Dayton Power & Light / Energy

Eyeing FERC end-run, Ohio utilities keep pressing state regulators to support old plants

Dayton Power & Light joined AEP and FirstEnergy in asking regulators to approve bill riders to keep aging coal and nuclear generation online COLUMBUS — “Ohio utilities are undeterred by federal regulators’ decision in April to block affiliate power purchase agreements that would have supported older coal and nuclear generation. […]

PUCO hears 3rd rate plan testimony
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

PUCO hears 3rd rate plan testimony

FirstEnergy is opposed to idea COLUMBUS — “Testimony is moving forward on a rate plan by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio that would have customers pay FirstEnergy Corp. $393 million, and maybe more, to shore up the utility’s credit rating. The plan is the third proposal in a rate […]

The 3rd Annual Rock n’ Roll against Dirty Coal Contest
Coal / Energy / Ohio Citizen Action

The 3rd Annual Rock n’ Roll against Dirty Coal Contest

CINCINNATI — Live the rock star dream in this live band karaoke contest fundraiser. Proceeds benefit Ohio Citizen Action’s campaign to break Ohio’s dependence upon inefficient, dirty coal plants and to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy use. Sign up to be a Core Contestant by contacting Melissa English or […]

FirstEnergy coal retirements likely part of broader merchant shift, potential sale
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy coal retirements likely part of broader merchant shift, potential sale

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp.‘s decision to abandon more than 850 MW of coal-fired capacity in Ohio, including four units at its 2,210-MW W.H. Sammis coal plant, could be part of a broader strategic shift around its merchant business. ‘They’re looking to cut costs and they’re looking at shutting down assets,’ […]

FirstEnergy to shut down or sell several coal-fired units in Ohio
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy to shut down or sell several coal-fired units in Ohio

AKRON — “FirstEnergy said it will complete its closure or sale of the Bay Shore unit by October 2020 and will shut down the Sammis units in May 2020. The company had been hoping to get some subsidies for its older coal-fired power plants from the Public Utilities Commission of […]

FirstEnergy will retire or sell 836 MW of fossil generation
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy will retire or sell 836 MW of fossil generation

COLUMBUS — “In nearly two years of debate at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, FirstEnergy and its utility colleagues told regulators that Sammis and other aging baseload would be essential in preserving reliability and preventing an over-reliance on natural gas. PUCO approved eight-year power purchase agreements last year for […]

Blood On The Mountain documentary film screening event
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Blood On The Mountain documentary film screening event

CLEVELAND — Nuevo Cleveland and Ohio Citizen Action will host a screening of “Blood On The Mountain” outdoors at Nuevo Cleveland during the Republican National Convention. From the Producers of “The Appalachians” and “Coal Country”, “Blood On The Mountain” is a searing investigation into the economic and environmental injustices that […]

Consumer groups maintain rate increase cases and power purchase agreements filed by the utilities are muddying the waters of Ohio's energy market.
Coal / Energy

Groups: Serious talk needed about future of Ohio’s energy market

COLUMBUS – “Ohio’s energy market experienced some confusing changes in recent years, and some consumer groups contend electric customers deserve a more level playing field. Deregulation was approved in 1999, which allowed customers to purchase their power from a retailer of their choosing. Since then, the Public Utilities Commission of […]

Dick Munson is Environmental Defense Fund's Director, Midwest Clean Energy.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio regulators attempt to keep FirstEnergy afloat with new subsidy proposal

COLUMBUS —My head feels whipsawed by the wildly changing proposals to bail out FirstEnergy’s uneconomic and dirty power plants. The latest development in this ongoing saga occurred June 29, when the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO) staff recommended a new subsidy solution for the utility behemoth: $131 million per […]

FirstEnergy’s Davis Besse Power Plant Source: Wikimedia
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

PUCO staff recommends $131M annual rider for FirstEnergy

Needed to maintain investment-grade credit rating, staff says; Critics object COLUMBUS — “The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio staff has proposed a new rider for FirstEnergy that would allow the recovery of $131 million annually from ratepayers for three to five years in order to maintain the company’s investment-grade credit […]