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Cheap renewables keep pushing fossil fuels further away from profitability – despite Trump’s efforts
Coal / Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Cheap renewables keep pushing fossil fuels further away from profitability – despite Trump’s efforts

NEW YORK, NY — “Rapid cost declines made renewable energy the United States’ cheapest available source of new electricity, without subsidies, in 2017. In many parts of the U.S., building new wind is cheaper than running existing coal, while nuclear and natural gas aren’t far behind. As renewable energy costs continue their relentless decline, they […]

Ohio Majority Leader Bill Seitz: A “Free Market” politician picking energy winners and losers
Coal / Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio Majority Leader Bill Seitz: A “Free Market” politician picking energy winners and losers

Powerful legislator leads attack on wind industry while pushing taxpayer subsidies for coal plants COLUMBUS — “On at least 15 occasions, according to our review, powerful Ohio House Majority Leader Bill Seitz has said he believes in free markets, proclaimed himself a ‘capitalist’ or declared his opposition to energy mandates. As […]

Miner Change: Trump’s big talk on coal brings small change in first year
Coal / Energy

Miner Change: Trump’s big talk on coal brings small change in first year

LOUISVILLE, KY — “…West Virginia added more than a thousand coal jobs. But jobs were lost in Kentucky and Ohio. Overall the three states saw coal add just 745 employees in 2017. Industry analysts say the increase is largely due to temporary conditions in the global market. Marsters focuses on […]

Coal’s best bet for a bailout may now come from Rust Belt
Coal / Energy / Renewable Energy

Coal’s best bet for a bailout may now come from Rust Belt

WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. coal industry’s best hope for a bailout may lie in the Rust Belt now that Washington’s plan has fizzled. The largest U.S. power grid — covering Pennsylvania, Ohio and other states — has been considering an initiative that may keep struggling coal plants afloat. The idea, […]

How a Coal Baron’s wish list became President Trump’s to-do list
Coal / Energy

How a Coal Baron’s wish list became President Trump’s to-do list

WASHINGTON, DC — “President Trump’s first year in office has been a boon for the coal industry, with the Trump administration rolling back regulations on coal-fired power plants and withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate change agreement. Environmentalists have expressed alarm at the new direction, and have complained […]

Davis Besse nuclear power plant (Creative Commons)
Coal / Energy

Regulators reject Trump administration proposal to support coal, nuclear

WASHINGTON, DC — “Federal energy regulators on Monday rejected a Trump administration proposal that would have provided financial support to coal and nuclear power plants. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the proposal, submitted by Energy Secretary Rick Perry, may do harm to competitive markets for energy. Ohio companies, such as […]

The AEP building in Columbus, Ohio. 
Photo by
Mark Cameron / Creative Commons
AEP / Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

Ohio utility AEP never notified public about rate-case hearings

COLUMBUS — “After nearly a year and a half of deliberations with Ohio utility regulators, environmental groups, and customer advocates, American Electric Power appears to have agreement from most parties on the terms of its latest rate case. There’s just one problem: The company forgot to invite the public. The utility began working with the […]

As Ohio moves away from coal, carbon emissions continue to fall
Air Quality / Coal / Energy

As Ohio moves away from coal, carbon emissions continue to fall

CLEVELAND — “While the state is still a major polluter, Ohio’s shift away from coal has led to a significant reduction in carbon emissions. Carbon dioxide emissions from Ohio’s energy sector fell by 50 million metric tons from 2005 to 2015, according to data recently released by the Energy Information Administration. What happened […]

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Coal / Energy

A moment of truth arrives for Rick Perry’s widely hated coal bailout

WASHINGTON, DC — “Donald Trump campaigned for president with intense support from coal miners and coal mining communities. He promised them the moon — mines would reopen, their jobs would come back, and their communities would thrive. Like many of Trump’s promises, these are impossible to keep, but he’s been […]

Editorial: The Trump administration’s coal bailout
Coal / Energy

Editorial: The Trump administration’s coal bailout

NEW YORK, NY — “Federal energy regulators will soon vote on a ham-fisted Trump administration proposal to subsidize coal-fired power plants. This plan could cost families and businesses billions of dollars in higher electricity prices for no discernible public benefit. The measure in question comes from the energy secretary, Rick […]