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Court upholds national safeguard for coal ash: Nation’s no. 2 toxic pollution threat
Coal / Coal Ash

Court upholds national safeguard for coal ash: Nation’s no. 2 toxic pollution threat

Ruling casts doubt on legality of EPA’s plan to weaken coal ash protections WASHINGTON, D.C. — “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision today holding that the first-ever federal safeguards set by the Obama Administration for coal ash dumps do not sufficiently protect communities and the environment […]

Ohio Valley Electric Corp.'s 1,304-megawatt Clifty Creek coal plant in Madison, Ind. Crowezr/Wikipedia
AEP / Coal / Energy / Solar Energy

Coal subsidy, solar project tangled in case before Ohio Supreme Court

COLUMBUS — “The fate of a pair of 1950s-era coal plants and the largest solar project ever proposed in Ohio are entangled in a single case before the state’s Supreme Court. American Electric Power agreed to build the 400-megawatt solar project in Appalachian Ohio as part of a controversial settlement […]

Mayking Fire Chief Tony Fugate (left) and the volunteer fire department's treasurer, Buddy Sexton, speak to residents about their station's rising electricity costs during an Aug. 2 public meeting. Credit: James Bruggers/InsideClimate News
Coal / Energy

Cost of Coal: Electric bills skyrocket in Appalachia as region’s economy collapses

As natural gas and renewables get cheaper elsewhere, residents in Appalachia are stuck paying for coal-fired power plants that no longer make economic sense WHITESBURG, Kentucky — Buddy Sexton opened a community meeting about the financial troubles of local volunteer fire departments with his head bowed: “Let people understand what […]

Mountaintop Mining Is Destroying More Land for Less Coal, Study Finds
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Mountaintop Mining Is Destroying More Land for Less Coal, Study Finds

Using satellite images, researchers tracked the scars spreading across Appalachia. They found 3 times more land being stripped per ton of coal than in the 1980s. SHEPHERDSTOWN,WV — “Strip mining across the mountaintops of Appalachia is scarring as much as three times more land to get a ton of coal […]

A U.S. coal bailout wouldn’t stop electric sector transition
Coal / Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

A U.S. coal bailout wouldn’t stop electric sector transition

A blatant misuse of the law and a phony national-defense argument CLEVELAND — “It seems a waste of time and resources to call on a nearly 70-year-old defense law to rescue certain failing and outdated sectors of the energy industry. Yet that is precisely what has been proposed. The Trump administration […]

Editorial: Propping up coal, nuclear would be needless, destructive
Coal / Energy

Editorial: Propping up coal, nuclear would be needless, destructive

COLUMBUS — “President Donald Trump’s desire to prop up money-losing coal and nuclear plants is absurd enough on its face that one doesn’t need a lot of help arguing against it. Coal is losing its place to cleaner and cheaper natural gas. It is dirty and dangerous not only in the […]

FirstEnergy’s request for Trump relief draws more critics
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy’s request for Trump relief draws more critics

TOLEDO — “The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel has filed a formal protest with U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Alan M. Koschik about FirstEnergy’s request for an emergency order from Mr. Perry to ensure the utility’s nuclear and coal-fired power plants remain economically viable. Created by the Ohio General Assembly in 1976, the […]

Trump to save coal, nuclear plants that are unable to compete
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Trump to save coal, nuclear plants that are unable to compete

CLEVELAND — “The Trump Administration is moving to temporarily save old coal and nuclear plants like those owned by FirstEnergy. According to wire reports, the president has asked Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to create a ‘strategic electric generation reserve’ loosely patterned after the Strategic Petroleum Reserve created more than 40 […]

Ohio Valley Electric Corp.'s 1,304-megawatt Clifty Creek coal plant in Madison, Ind. Crowezr/Wikipedia
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Money pit or fuel hedge? In Midwest, it depends who’s paying

WASHINGTON, DC — “How can two companies tell a federal judge that the 60-year-old coal plants are a financial albatross and simultaneously argue to utility regulators that the plants are a good investment for consumers? And rely on the work of the same consultant? The answer depends on who’s paying […]

Fossil fuel & utility money mostly goes to DeWine in early 2018, while Kucinich takes No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge in Ohio governor’s race
Coal / Energy

Fossil fuel & utility money mostly goes to DeWine in early 2018, while Kucinich takes No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge in Ohio governor’s race

COLUMBUS — The campaign contributions that fossil fuel and electric utility interests have made in Ohio’s race for governor during the first four months of 2018 have largely gone to Republican candidate Mike DeWine. Republican Mary Taylor has also received several donations from the fossil fuel industry in the first four […]