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Timber Road II wind project in western Ohio. 
Photo by David Grant / Creative Commons
AEP / Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

AEP to spend $1B for stakes in seven wind farms

COLUMBUS — “AEP Corp. is forging ahead with plans to grow its renewable energy business. The Columbus-based utility announced after markets closed Tuesday that its competitive renewable energy subsidiary has signed an agreement to acquire Sempra Renewables LLC, which controls stakes in seven wind farms and 724 megawatts of wind power, […]

Industry wanted this Ohio River Commission to stop setting pollution standards. It almost gave in.
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Industry wanted this Ohio River Commission to stop setting pollution standards. It almost gave in.

The commission was under pressure to drop its standard-setting authority and let each state act on its own. But what happens upstream affects everyone. LOUISVILLE, KY — “Last summer, under pressure from industries and power utilities, the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) had taken a preliminary vote to abandon its […]

AEP Ohio Weighs in on Pick for PUCO Chairman
AEP / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

AEP Ohio Weighs in on Pick for PUCO Chairman

COLUMBUS — “Sam Randazzo’s appointment to chair the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio sent up red flags to supporters of AEP’s 400 megawatt solar farm. Randazzo’s former group, Industrial Energy Users-Ohio, is against the proposal. AEP Ohio Vice President Marc Reitter said Randazzo is smart and experienced, and Reitter hopes he gives their proposal a fair shot. ‘He’ll […]

Justice Department, Ohio AG warn FirstEnergy Solutions and FirstEnergy on environmental obligations
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Justice Department, Ohio AG warn FirstEnergy Solutions and FirstEnergy on environmental obligations

CLEVELAND — “The U.S. Department of Justice fired a warning shot this week across the bow of FirstEnergy Solutions and its path toward restructuring itself free of past debt and other obligations. The warning did not leave out parent company FirstEnergy, which negotiated a deal with FES and creditors last summer […]

Governor Mike DeWine
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Group raises questions about Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s connection to polluting industries

article originally published June 2, 2016 WASHINGTON, DC  — “Several times now, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has joined other Republican state attorneys general in suing the Obama administration in efforts to derail federal environmental rules. At the same time, DeWine — a possible contender for Ohio governor in 2018 […]

Coal ash is contaminating groundwater in at least 22 states, utility reports show
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Coal ash is contaminating groundwater in at least 22 states, utility reports show

So far, utilities have acknowledged the presence of enough health-harming contaminants like arsenic to trigger cleanup rules at 70 coal-fired power plant sites WASHINGTON, DC — “This new national picture of coal ash contamination has emerged in part because the environmental groups Earthjustice and Environmental Integrity Project, with others, have combed through utility […]

Fate of AEP Ohio solar project hinges on question of need
AEP / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

Fate of AEP Ohio solar project hinges on question of need

Ohio regulators will rule on the need for the largest-yet solar energy project proposed in the state COLUMBUS — “Ohio regulators began hearing evidence this week to decide the fate of American Electric Power’s proposal for 400 megawatts of solar energy in Appalachian Ohio. If approved, the combined project in Highland County would […]

Photo by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency / Flickr
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EPA proposal would put federal mercury rules on shakier legal ground

Changing how benefits are calculated could undercut the justification for mercury standards and other rules. WASHINGTON, DC — “The Environmental Protection Agency announced Dec. 27 that it would leave the federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rules in place. However, new number-crunching would undermine the justification for the rule. What would the […]

Utilities speed up closure of coal-fired power plants
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Utilities speed up closure of coal-fired power plants

Wind, solar and natural gas become more cost-competitive, driving shift to new energy sources MERRILLVILLE, IN — “Northern Indiana Public Service, part of NiSource Inc., concluded that phasing out coal sooner was worth it because it would move the company to what is becoming a cheaper source of power, and […]

Highland County solar projects pending approval
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Highland County solar projects pending approval

Proposed facilities could bring millions of dollars COLUMBUS — “Local and area officials gathered in Columbus on Tuesday to urge the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to approve the construction of two massive solar farms in Highland County that could potentially bring thousands of jobs and millions of dollars to […]