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The Sierra Club’s Jen Miller addresses about 100 people in Columbus at a June 15 rally organized by the Sierra Club’s Ohio Chapter and Ohio Citizen Action to protest FirstEnergy’s plan.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy “bailout” case: Are new additions “special deals?”

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy continues to fight against full disclosure of details in its bid to have Ohio ratepayers guarantee sales for three less profitable coal plants plus the Davis-Besse nuclear plant, even as it adds new rate proposals. FirstEnergy says the new provisions are separate from its proposed power purchase […]

FirstEnergy‘s Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy next into fight over controversial power purchase agreements

COLUMBUS — “For FirstEnergy, $5 billion is riding on its proposal. That’s the difference in projected costs being debated by FirstEnergy and its opponents. The company estimates its customers ultimately will save $2 billion in its plan, but an analysis by the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel projects a $3 billion shortfall […]

Efficiency gains will moderate price increases under Clean Power Plan
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Efficiency gains will moderate price increases under Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Clean Power Plan will raise power prices, but a mix of energy efficiency and market forces will keep residential bills from following in lock step. According to the EIA, in the early years of compliance residential electricity prices will rise 6% above baseline analysis, but bills […]

On June 15 about 100 demonstrators gathered in Columbus, Ohio to ask the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to deny FirstEnergy's request for a rate hike to support its aging coal plants.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy / Uncategorized

Green energy advocates: Coal is unsustainable in more ways than one

COLUMBUS — “Environmentalists have said for years that coal and other fossil fuels are not sustainable sources of energy. Now advocates of green energy are arguing that coal has also become economically unsustainable. Coal has reportedly become a bad investment, even in countries with large coal reserves. FirstEnergy Corp. began […]

“No Coal Bailout” protest in Columbus
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

“No Coal Bailout” protest in Columbus

COLUMBUS — Over a hundred people turned up in front of the Public Utility Commission Office (PUCO) to protest against the request by FirstEnergy  for a bailout of their outdated coal plants and their Davis-Besse nuclear plant. Ratepayers showed up with signs lined up in front of the building on […]

Crunch time for the U.S. coal industry
Coal / Energy

Crunch time for the U.S. coal industry

NEW YORK, NY — “Coal prices in the US are collapsing. The September Appalachian coal futures contract gave up over 2% on Friday as the industry faces unprecedented challenges. …The industry’s woes have been caused by a ‘perfect storm’ of events that wrecked havoc on US coal producers. Here are […]

Coal is moved on a conveyor belt at the PT Bukit Asam open pit coal mine in Tanjung Enim, South Sumatra province, Indonesia.
Photograph: Dadang Tri/Getty Images
Coal / Energy

Coal crash: how pension funds face huge risk from climate change

Special report: The plummeting coal sector and a growing green divestment movement is leaving firms who still invest in fossil fuels and connected pension holders heavily exposed LONDON, ENGLAND — “The pension funds of millions of people across the world, including teachers, public sector workers, health staff and academics in […]

The use of coal as a fuel dropped 4.7% for electricity generation between 2008 and 2013.
Coal / Energy

EU utilities trapped in ‘coal death spiral’

PARIS, FRANCE — “The share values of Europe’s biggest utilities have plummeted after the energy companies backed outdated business models that rely on coal, a report published today (5 June) has claimed. The five largest publicly-listed utilities in the EU collectively lost 100 billion euros or more than a third […]

Rally to oppose Ohio dirty energy bailouts
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Rally to oppose Ohio dirty energy bailouts

COLUMBUS — “Thanks to the 7,367 letters from Ohio Citizen Action members like you, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) rejected AEP’s request to raise rates to bailout out the Kyger Creek and Cliffty Creek coal plants. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel estimates this request would have increased rates for […]

A view of the Hatfield’s Ferry Power Station in Monongahela Township before it closed in October 2013. First Energy wants to use a landfill located near the power plant to store coal ash and scrubber byproducts from the Bruce Mansfield Power Station in Beaver County. Bob Niedbala/Observer-Reporter
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy / FirstEnergy

Environmental groups want state to reject FirstEnergy’s coal ash disposal plan

AKRON — “Three environmental groups are urging the state to reject FirstEnergy Generation LLC’s plan to ship coal ash produced by its Bruce Mansfield power plant in Shippingport, Beaver County,to at a now-closed ash landfill the company owns in Greene County, saying it would divert the ash from one landfill […]