Deserted houses are seen near the coal-fired power station, owned by American Electric Power Company, in Cheshire, Ohio. David Howells/Corbis
AEP / Coal / Coal Ash

Ohio workers suing AEP over coal waste

MASON COUNTY, WV — “Thirty-nine workers at an Ohio landfill and their family members who say they’ve been harmed by coal wastes from American Electric Power’s Gavin plant have filed suit, claiming the utility exposed them to a slew of toxic, potentially deadly chemicals. The suit, filed in Mason County […]

Duke Energy, partners to build $5B gas pipeline from WV to NC
Duke Energy / Energy

Duke Energy, partners to build $5B gas pipeline from WV to NC

CHARLOTTE, NC — “Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas have selected Virginia-based Dominion to build a massive natural gas pipeline to eastern North Carolina from West Virginia. The 550-mile ‘Atlantic Coast Pipeline’ project, as it is being called, will cost as much as $5 billion. The 42-inch pipeline in West […]

American Electric Power has installed about 100,000 “smart meters” in its tests so far.
AEP / Energy

Refusing a ‘smart meter’ could cost you big dollars

COLUMBUS — “Electricity customers who want nothing to do with the ‘smart meters’ being deployed in the state might get stuck with a big bill in return. American Electric Power Ohio is asking state regulators to impose a $31.80-a-month charge on those who don’t want one of the meters. Duke […]

Duke Energy to retire coal operations at its W.C. Beckjord Station
Coal / Duke Energy / Energy

Duke Energy to retire coal operations at its W.C. Beckjord Station

CINCINNATI — “Duke Energy today announced it will retire the remaining coal-fired units, 5 and 6, at its W.C. Beckjord Station in New Richmond, Ohio, effective Sept. 1. Due to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s increasingly stringent regulations on power plant emissions, Duke Energy Ohio three years ago announced its […]

What’s the problem?
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

What’s the problem?

Ohio is at a crossroads about the future of energy use in our state. As ratepayers we need to speak out now. Three of Ohio’s four largest utilities — companies that rarely agree on anything — are teaming up in an attempt to dial back on deregulation. Stop the bailout […]

Customers to AEP, Duke Energy: Down with coal
AEP / Duke Energy / Energy

Customers to AEP, Duke Energy: Down with coal

COLUMBUS — “Support for coal in Ohio is very low, according to survey results of a new poll by Public Policy Partners (PPP), with customers who support paying more to keep their electricity supplied by coal even lower. Public Citizen and the Sierra Club have released these results just as […]

Duke Energy raises Ohio River oil spill estimates
Duke Energy / Energy

Duke Energy raises Ohio River oil spill estimates

CINCINNATI — “Duke Energy has raised the estimate of the number of gallons of diesel fuel that spilled into the Ohio River last week. The company announced on Monday that it now believes approximately 9,000 gallons of fuel were released from the W.C. Beckjord Station approximately 20 miles southeast of […]

Coal / Energy

The world’s existing power plants will emit 300 billion tons of carbon dioxide in their lifetimes

IRVINE, CA — “Existing power plants across the globe will emit over 300 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere before they retire, according to a new study published Tuesday. The new research, as reported by Science Daily, is also the first to quantify how fast these ‘baked in’ emissions are growing […]

Hennepin Power Plant, owned by Dynegy Inc., stands in Hennepin, Illinois. photo: Daniel Acker, Getty Images
Coal / Duke Energy

Dynegy to acquire assets from Duke Energy and Energy Capital Partners – transforming power generation fleet

HOUSTON, TX — “Dynegy Inc. has signed two separate definitive sets of agreements to acquire the ownership interests in certain Midwest generation assets from Duke Energy and EquiPower Resources Corp and Brayton Point Holdings, LLC from ECP. The Duke portfolio includes its retail business and ownership interests in the following plants: […]

FirstEnergy Corp. wants its customers to guarantee profitability of its largest coal-fired power plant in Ohio for the next 15 years. The company argues that after the first three years, Sammis would actually make money for customers because wholesale prices would increase. Critics disagree.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Plans to make you pay more to keep coal-fired power plants running is a ‘bailout,’ and other key findings of new poll

COLUMBUS — “Ohioans want more renewable energy and strongly oppose rate increases to help old, coal-fired power plants continue to operate, a new survey has found. The Sierra Club and Public Citizen, a consumer group, commissioned the random telephone survey of 526 people served either by American Electric Power of […]