Ohio’s energy future cloudy at best, storms likely
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio’s energy future cloudy at best, storms likely

AKRON — “The uncertain future of the state’s energy laws and policies hung over the 11th annual Energy Management Conference Tuesday like an approaching  storm. Conflicting presentations made it clear that lawmakers, utilities and regulators themselves sense that changes — or at least proposals for changes —  are likely to […]

AEP reaches agreement to sell four power plants
AEP / Coal

AEP reaches agreement to sell four power plants

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power has signed an agreement to sell four power plants, three of which are in Ohio, to a joint venture of private-equity firms. Columbus-based AEP announced the $2.17 billion deal this morning. The buyers are Blackstone and Arclight Capital Partners. The plants involved are: James M. […]

The Davis Besse nuclear plant is among those covered by a proposed FirstEnergy settlement. 
Photo by Marc Haserodt / Creative Commons
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Report: ‘Around market’ moves by Ohio utilities are part of larger trend

COLUMBUS — “Efforts by Ohio utilities to guarantee income for affiliated coal and nuclear operations are part of a broader trend, according to a new report by legal analysts. Starting in 2014, FirstEnergy, American Electric Power (AEP) and other companies sought to impose added fees on all customers of their […]

Julie Sloat, president of American Electric Power.
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

AEP still working on Ohio restructuring, needs FirstEnergy’s help

COLUMBUS — “AEP Ohio continues to hold discussions with legislators and stakeholders around its restructuring (don’t call it re-regulation) of Ohio’s electricity market, but it’s still working on garnering support from the state’s other utilities. The electric utility in July said it wants to know by the first quarter of […]

A Chicago coal dock in July, 1941. Coal transported on freighters through the Great Lakes fed many of the region’s power plants during the past century. Photo Credit: John Vachon / Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection [LC-USF33-016112-M4]
Coal / Renewable Energy

Great Lakes region pivots from fossil fuels

TRAVERSE CITY, MI— “Michigan’s largest electric supplier, DTE Energy, announced in June that it will retire eight coal-fired power units at three of its power plants over the next seven years. The plants generated a quarter of the utility’s electricity last year. Two months earlier, Consumers Energy, Michigan’s second largest […]

FirstEnergy had a rough first three quarters in 2015, but finished the year, overall strong. (Courtesy of FirstEnergy)
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Consumers’ Counsel says FE rates illegal, asks Supreme Court to toss them out

COLUMBUS — “Consumers who thought federal authorities had saved them from a FirstEnergy surcharge to subsidize two of the company’s old power plants should think again, says the state’s consumer watchdog. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel points out in an appeal it filed with the Ohio Supreme Court this week that […]

Coal production in the U.S. has fallen as cheap natural gas and environmental regulations have taken their toll.
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Battered coal companies courted State AGs to fight climate rules

WASHINGTON, DC — “The documents, obtained under state public records requests by a watchdog group, along with tax filings and political campaign disclosures reviewed by Bloomberg News, show how energy companies, Republican attorneys general and the association dedicated to re-electing them are aligned in a legal attack on President Barack […]

‘Big Muskie,’ the largest single-bucket digging machine ever built, could move 220-cubic yards of earth in the strip mining operation. Photo by The Blade / Matt Markey

State could add vast reclaimed strip mine area to ODNR system

ENO— “When the coal removal work came to a close in 2001, some 110 million tons of the mineral had been removed, and 2 billion cubic yards of earth had been stripped away to expose those veins of coal. But reclamation efforts in this region in southeastern Ohio, required under […]

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has received the most money from the oil and gas and coal mining industries, over $1.6 million since 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Coal / Energy / Oil & Gas

A climate of cash in votes on global warming

WASHINGTON, DC — “For years now, the scientific consensus has been that climate change is occurring and is caused mainly by the actions of human beings. So why, during the first month of the current Congress, did nearly half the Senate — all Republicans — vote against an amendment stating that human activities contribute […]

First Energy employees Hank Boka and Doug Colafella inspect the W.H. Sammis power plant in Ohio.
(Photo: Mark Drajem/Bloomberg)
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy says its headquarters is worth $568 million to Ohio

Utility asks regulators for surcharge for benefits to Akron AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp., Ohio’s homegrown utility with roots in the state that date to 1930, wants its customers to pay to ensure it stays there. In the latest twist in a two-year battle for aid, the company has asked regulators […]