Coal

American Electric Power is currently allowed to cover its fuel costs through a charge to Ohio customers that changes every three months.
AEP / Coal / Energy

Justices rule against AEP in fuel-cost case, so Ohio customers avoid a cost

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Supreme Court has sided with utility regulators in a dispute with American Electric Power over how much the company can charge customers for coal, part of a larger debate that is not yet resolved. In a unanimous ruling yesterday, the court rejected AEP’s argument that it […]

A coal-fired power station at Yangzhou in China’s central Jiangsu province. Photo by Vmenkov via Wikimedia Commons
Coal

China may be ready to kick coal habit

LONDON, ENGLAND — “There are still doubts. The statistics might be proved wrong. But it looks as if China might be starting to wean itself off its coal consumption habit. China produces and consumes nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined. Coal, the most polluting of […]

Stand up to Duke Energy – Attend a public hearing to stop the bailout
AEP / Clean Power Plan / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

Stand up to Duke Energy – Attend a public hearing to stop the bailout

Duke Energy, along with Ohio’s other electric utilities, are trying right now behind the scenes to bailout a number of Ohio’s oldest, dirtiest, and least economic coal plants.  What’s worse, they want you and I to pay for it. It’s not right. It’s not fair.  And even if you’re not […]

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 […]