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 […]

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CLEVELAND — When you buy a product or service you can mostly get what you want, right? For instance, with a new car purchase you can prioritize things like gas mileage, safety or other features in accordance with your values and needs. Now what about your home’s electricity — is […]

Todd Snitchler (L) and Steven Lesser (R) photo: RTO Insider
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ex-Ohio regulators debate AEP, FirstEnergy PPAs

Ott, Hughes, Thomas Talk Capacity Market WILLIAMSBURG, VA — “Two former Ohio regulators debated FirstEnergy’s and American Electric Power’s controversial power purchase agreements in the opening session of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners Annual Education Conference last week. Steven Lesser, who served on the Public Utilities Commission of […]

Study links 6.5 million deaths each year to air pollution
Coal / Energy

Study links 6.5 million deaths each year to air pollution

PARIS, FRANCE — “A sobering report released on Monday by the International Energy Agency says air pollution has become a major public health crisis leading to around 6.5 million deaths each year, with ‘many of its root causes and cures’ found in the energy industry. The air pollution study is […]

The Beckjord plant, located about 20 miles east of Cincinnati, has been closed for two years. Emily Maxwell | WCPO
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Could toxic chemicals along the Ohio River be a danger to our drinking water?

NEW RICHMOND — “As early as next year, Duke Energy has said it will begin tearing down the more than 60-year-old [Beckjord Power] plant. The electric utility giant closed the plant in late 2014 just the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was writing new federal standards for how coal ash ponds should […]

State regulators approved a plan to help subsidize the Davis-Besse Plant in Ottawa County and other power plants across Ohio by having customers act like investors.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy customers would pay equivalent of extra monthly electric bill for up to eight years

CLEVELAND — “Federal utility regulators appear to be the last bulwark between consumers and FirstEnergy’s efforts to make them pay more to subsidize two of its old Ohio power plants. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, several environmental groups and competing power suppliers have asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to intervene […]

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station at Oak Harbor, Ohio, would have a guaranteed buyer for all its output if the PUCO approves a FirstEnergy plan. Photo by Kathiann M. Kowalski.
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Advocates weigh in with federal regulators on FirstEnergy plan

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy has claimed that consumers would eventually come out ahead, based on its assumption that gas prices will increase significantly over the next eight years. However, a May 2016 report by the Energy Information Administration projects that natural gas prices will remain below $5 per million British thermal […]

Flow of bankrupt coal to power plants.
Coal / Energy

Powered by bankruptcy, part 1: Utilities across US rely on coal miners in bankruptcy

NEW YORK, NY — “An analysis of coal supply contracts shows that more than 45% of coal flowing from U.S. mines to domestic power plants was touched by a coal company bankruptcy occurring since 2012. The SNL Energy analysis reviewed approximately 741.6 million tons of coal shipments made by producers […]

Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Tony Clark spoke yesterday at the Mid-America Regulatory Conference. Photo courtesy of FERC.
Coal / Energy

FERC’s Clark sees ‘really unsustainable future’ in hybrid markets

BISMARCK, ND — “Disputes playing out in deregulated states like Illinois and Ohio over proposed subsidies for aging power plants highlight a key challenge facing the electricity industry at a critical juncture in its evolution, said Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Tony Clark. ‘This issue is one that is going to […]