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Success story: Cleaner bluefish show effectiveness of US coal regulations, study says
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Success story: Cleaner bluefish show effectiveness of US coal regulations, study says

Large drop in bluefish mercury levels suggest fish eaters are consuming less of the toxic metal – and that U.S. reductions are working DURHAM, NC — “Mercury levels in bluefish caught off the U.S. Atlantic coast dropped more than 40 percent over the past four decades thanks to federal restrictions […]

Letter to the editor: Embrace renewable energy
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Letter to the editor: Embrace renewable energy

STOW — “Our children and grandchildren should not have to grow up in an increasing polluted world. We want less pollution for them, along with lower energy costs. Long ago, when coal was discovered to be the best option for heating and power, we didn’t even know what cars, planes […]

PUCO should reject FirstEnergy rate request: editorial
Coal / FirstEnergy

PUCO should reject FirstEnergy rate request: editorial

CLEVELAND — “Akron’s FirstEnergy Corp. effectively wants its customers to be forced to invest in a handful of money-losing FirstEnergy power plants in hopes they will become profitable again and pay dividends. That’s the gist of an audacious rate-increase request that 1.9 million residential ratepayers and other customers of the Illuminating, Ohio Edison and Toledo […]

Sandy Buchanan, executive director of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysisng,has worked on a variety of energy issues involving coal, nuclear, utilities, renewables, and energy efficiency since the 1980s. She served as executive director of Ohio Citizen Action for 20 years before joining IEEFA in 2013.
AMP / Coal / Prairie State Coal Plant

Prairie State seems to want the EPA to reward it for failure

CLEVELAND — “The president of Prairie State Generating Co. has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to exempt the coal-fired Prairie State Energy Campus in southern Illinois from new pollution-control rules. As it turns out, many Ohio municipalities have a stake in this fight. In a May 11 letter to […]

Report finds emissions of pollutants concentrated among a few generators
AEP / Coal

Report finds emissions of pollutants concentrated among a few generators

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — “The 10 largest U.S. power producers were responsible for more than one-third of emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury and carbon dioxide, according to a new report released July 14 by a coalition of utilities and the Natural Resources Defense Council. …American Electric Power Co. Inc. […]

The FirstEnergy bailout – The more you learn, the less you’ll like it
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

The FirstEnergy bailout – The more you learn, the less you’ll like it

NEW YORK, NY  — “Why should customers pay for FirstEnergy’s mistakes? The Ohio-based power company made a string of bad business decisions that are hurting shareholders, customers, taxpayers, and the environment. Now the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is mulling a bailout proposal that would require customers to pay off […]

A compromising position for FirstEnergy and Ohio
Coal / FirstEnergy

A compromising position for FirstEnergy and Ohio

AKRON — “A hard reality is that coal won’t soon disappear as an energy source, not when it accounts for almost three-quarters of the generation mix in Ohio. A coal-burning Sammis plant, equipped with the best-available pollution controls, arguably has a place then. What a sound energy strategy requires is […]

Dick Munson: FirstEnergy clings to the energy past
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Dick Munson: FirstEnergy clings to the energy past

AKRON — “FirstEnergy reaped the early benefits of the deregulation of the electricity market. But as the cost of natural gas (a competitor to FirstEnergy’s plants) fell and demand for electricity waned, it has been getting harder for FirstEnergy to compete. Now that its coal and nuclear power can’t contend, […]

Google’s $600 million redevelopment of the Widows Creek plant, in Alabama, could be a model for the reuse of retired coal plants.
Coal / Energy

Supreme Court decision unlikely to stall the shift away from coal plants

As market forces chip away at the coal industry, many plants are being repurposed as data centers, museums, and mixed-use neighborhoods BOSTON, MA — “Coal plants tend to be dirty, located in out-of-the-way spots (nobody wants to live next to a coal-fired power plant), and full of derelict machinery that […]

Coal production using mountaintop removal mining decreases by 62% since 2008
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Coal production using mountaintop removal mining decreases by 62% since 2008

WASHINGTON, DC — “Coal production from mines with mountaintop removal (MTR) permits has declined since 2008, more than the downward trend in total U.S. coal production. Total U.S. coal production decreased about 15% from 2008 to 2014. Surface production decreased about 21%, and mountaintop removal, one type of surface production, […]