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 […]

The AEP building in Columbus.
AEP / Energy

Ohio utility seeks to double its fixed distribution charges

COLUMBUS— “In response to an increasing number of customers installing solar power or opting for energy efficiency measures, American Electric Power has asked Ohio regulators to increase the share of distribution charges that all its utility customers must pay, regardless of how much electricity they use. AEP Ohio has seen […]

FirstEnergy headquarters in Akron.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy piles insult onto billions of dollars in injury by threatening to move its headquarters from Akron

CLEVELAND — “You have to hand it FirstEnergy, however, for its daring. The company, battered over the past few years by the results of its own bad management decisions, today is shamelessly making a of mockery of traditional—and fair—utility regulation in what it is pushing for from the Public Utility […]

National policies carried out by Poland's Ministry of Energy could limit Warsaw's sustainability goals. photo:Kathiann M. Kowalski / Midwest Energy News
Coal / Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

In Poland, an Ohioan finds a parallel world on climate policy

WARSAW, POLAND — “Despite an ongoing freeze on state policies to boost clean energy in Ohio, efforts to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy are underway in Cleveland and the rest of Cuyahoga County. Poland’s capital city of Warsaw is making similar efforts, despite the national government’s overall commitment to […]

Nathan Hall, left, and Todd Howard checked a field of hemp, one of six sites the pair manages. Instead of a silver bullet, Mr. Hall said, “We want to be a part of the silver buckshot that’s going to hopefully transform this region.” Photo Credit: Mike Belleme for The New York Times
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Beyond coal: Imagining Appalachia’s future

To offset lost mining jobs, officials, business leaders and environmentalists are setting aside political feuds to try to create an entrepreneurial economy PIKEVILLE, KY — “Nearly 13,000 coal jobs — and countless more in related industries — have disappeared in Kentucky since President Obama took office; coal employment is at […]

They rocked and rolled against dirty coal
Coal / Ohio Citizen Action

They rocked and rolled against dirty coal

CINCINNATI — “On Friday, August 5th Ohio Citizen Action held its 3rd annual Rock ‘n Roll Against Dirty Coal: Live Band Karaoke Challenge. More than $10,000 was raised to speed Ohio’s transition to greater energy efficiency and renewable energy use and a great time was had by all. Many thanks […]

Pleasants Power Station is located in 
Willow Island, West Virginia, along 
the Ohio River.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy loses $1.1B, may sell Pleasants plant to MonPower

CHARLESTON, WV— “After announcing a quarterly loss of $1.1 billion because of the future closures of two uncompetitive coal-fired power plants in Ohio, FirstEnergy says it will seek to “de-risk” by pushing plants onto electricity customers in states like West Virginia. Charles Jones, CEO of FirstEnergy, the parent company of […]

Activist Larry Gibson looking over a ridge at the Kayford Mountain Mountaintop Removal site.
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

National Academy of Sciences to study mountaintop removal health effects

WASHINGTON, DC — “An expert team being appointed by the National Academy of Sciences will examine a ‘growing amount of academic research’ that suggests ‘possible correlations’ between increased public health risks for Appalachian residents and living near mountaintop removal coal mining, the Obama administration announced Wednesday. A 12-member committee from […]

American Electric Power is currently allowed to cover its fuel costs through a charge to Ohio customers that changes every three months.
AEP / Coal

AEP will sell plants if action not taken by state

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power would like Ohio elected officials to make some big changes to the structure of the electricity market, and quickly. The top executive for the Columbus-based utility said Thursday that the company will wait until about March to see if changes are made to Ohio’s system. […]

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AEP / Coal

AEP to pursue partial restructuring of Ohio’s energy market

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. is going after a partial restructuring, not full re-regulation, of Ohio’s energy market, its top executive said Thursday. The timeline for the restructuring at the Ohio Statehouse is admittedly aggressive. CEO Nick Akins said stakeholders, including lawmakers and other power generators, are now […]