Coal

Sierra Club to sue AEP over Gavin coal plant; AEP seeking bailouts for the rest of its Ohio coal-burning plants
AEP / Coal / Energy

Sierra Club to sue AEP over Gavin coal plant; AEP seeking bailouts for the rest of its Ohio coal-burning plants

COLUMBUS, Ohio — “In the wake of a new sweeping coal plant bailout request by Columbus-based American Electric Power, the Sierra Club has put the utility on notice that it plans to sue for federal Clean Air Act violations at AEP’s Gavin Power Plant. Public Justice, a public interest law firm, […]

AEP's Conesville Power Plant
AEP / Coal / FirstEnergy

AEP Ohio files for long-term PPAs for 4 coal-fired power plants

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — “Under the agreement, AEP Ohio would be entitled to the capacity, energy and ancillary service output of AEP’s ownership share of Cardinal unit 1, Conesville units 4-6, J.M. Stuart units 1-4 and W.H. Zimmer unit 1. The proposal involves about 2,700 MW of generation from the units. […]

Report: What’s Wrong With FirstEnergy
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Report: What’s Wrong With FirstEnergy

CLEVELAND — “Our report, ‘FirstEnergy: A Major Utility Seeks a Subsidized Turnaround,’ describes a company trying to fight its way out of self-inflicted straits by saddling ratepayers with higher prices and by blocking the development of alternative forms of energy. It also describes how the leadership of the company has […]

Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good. Abbi O’Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Few lessons taken from ash spills

EDEN, NC — “Duke’s splash into the Dan River was the nation’s third large ash spill in less than a decade. Like the Tennessee Valley Authority and Pennsylvania’s PPL, Duke repeated apologies, made community gifts and pledged to close its ash basins. Why, as evidence grew that ash ponds are problematic, […]

Longtime activist and friend of the mountains, Lenny Kohm dies
Coal / Energy / Mountaintop Removal

Longtime activist and friend of the mountains, Lenny Kohm dies

TODD, NC — Lenny Kohm, photojournalist, activist and friend of the mountains died last week in his home in North Carolina. Lenny came to Ohio in 2008 as an organizer with Appalachian Voices to work with Ohio Citizen Action on our campaign to stop mountaintop removal mining. He was a kind […]

The Kyger Creek Power Plant, located near Gallipolis, Ohio
AEP / Coal / Energy

PUCO slow to act on AEP rate plan

COLUMBUS — “Most of the plan is not controversial, but a small part has led to vocal opposition from environmental advocates and others. That provision says that AEP customers would provide a guarantee of income from the Kyger Creek Plant, a coal-fired power plant in southeastern Ohio. This is part […]

Duke Energy says it will close SC coal ash pits
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Duke Energy says it will close SC coal ash pits

COLUMBIA, SC — “Duke Energy told state regulators Tuesday it plans to remove coal ash from one of its South Carolina waste pits and close two more at a power station that environmentalists say threatens the Saluda River. Environmentalists said the plan was a good first step, but didn’t go […]

A new report from Environment Ohio ranks Ohio fifth in the nation for the amount of carbon pollution spewed by power plants. Photo courtesy of the EPA.
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Report: Ohio in the top five states for carbon pollution

COLUMBUS — “The Buckeye State ranks fifth in the nation in a new list of states with the dirtiest air. According to the Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center, Ohio’s power plants spew as much carbon into the atmosphere as the entire nation of Kuwait. Nate Lotze, campaign organizer with […]

Murray: Radical environmentalists trying to destroy coal industry
Coal / Energy

Murray: Radical environmentalists trying to destroy coal industry

PITTSBURGH, PA — “Murray Energy Corp. founder and CEO Robert Murray said he is planning for reductions in coal prices and demand in the year ahead. Speaking during Platts’ 37th annual Coal Marketing Days conference, which is being held Monday and Tuesday in Pittsburgh, Murray said the negative outlook is […]

Virginia Dominion Power's Possum Point Power Station, near Dumfries, Va. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images) | Scott J. Ferrell via Getty Images
Coal / Coal Ash

Leaking Dominion Virginia Power coal ash ponds spur complaint

WASHINGTON, DC — “Three conservation groups accused Dominion Virginia Power Wednesday of illegally discharging coal ash waste into the Potomac River. Five coal ash ponds at Dominion’s Possum Point power plant, 30 miles south of Washington, ‘have been illegally leaking toxic pollutants for decades into groundwater and two popular waterways,’ the […]