Coal

EPA coal plant emissions limits challenged by Ohio, 11 other states
Coal / Energy

EPA coal plant emissions limits challenged by Ohio, 11 other states

WASHINGTON, DC — “A dozen states including Ohio and led by West Virginia filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to block a proposed rule that would limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. …Meeting agency standards for reducing carbon dioxide would lead to $90 billion in […]

Pittsburgh's Mayor Bill Peduto, surrounded by local kids, kicking off a press conference today in support of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.
Coal / Energy

EPA’s Pittsburgh hearing on the Clean Power Plan: My comments

PITTSBURGH, PA — “In cutting carbon emissions from power plants, Ohio is already ahead of the game, with a robust energy-efficiency and renewable-energy sector. Ohio’s efficiency and renewables law, called the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, is on hold for two years. But the law, once fully implemented, can be an […]

Photo by Vivan Stockman, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, flyover courtesy of Southwings.
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Science and silence: Politicians continue to run from mountaintop removal public health studies

CHARLESTON, SC — “The Obama administration put the brakes on some key U.S. Geological Survey research into the public health effects of mountaintop removal coal mining in Southern West Virginia. As our story reported: Two years ago, Bill Orem and his team of researchers were setting up air monitors in […]

AEP Ohio says it will maintain its energy-efficiency programs despite a new state law easing requirements. One way AEP encourages savings is paying a bounty for old, less-efficient refrigerators.
AEP / Energy

AEP keeping it ‘green’

Most investor-owned utilities in Ohio don’t plan any changes to energy-efficiency programs despite new law COLUMBUS — “‘Green’-energy efforts in Ohio might not be in suspended animation after all. All but one of Ohio’s regulated electricity utilities plan to continue with their green-energy programs despite a new state law that […]

Cleanup of Dan River ash sparks backlash
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Cleanup of Dan River ash sparks backlash

CHARLOTTE, NC — “Most of the Duke Energy coal ash that spilled into the Dan River in February will stay there, creating a rift between regulators and river advocates over the cleanup. Duke said this week that contractors have finished dredging the largest of the deposits, 2,500 tons of ash […]

AMP / Coal / Prairie State Coal Plant

Citizens for a Livable Future discuss Prairie State coal plant

BOWLING GREEN — “In 2007 the city of Bowling Green contracted with Amp-Ohio, a wholesale power supplier with involvement in a coal generation plant in Illinois known as Prairie State – with the goal of providing long term electric price stability in a volatile energy market. The group, Citizens for […]

The coal ash pond at Duke Energy’s Skyland plant in Asheville. (Photo: Citizen-Times file photo )
Coal / Duke Energy

Duke ordered to test near homes for coal chemicals

ASHEVILLE, NC — “North Carolina’s environmental agency has ordered Duke Energy to install monitoring wells in a residential neighborhood outside Asheville to determine whether toxic chemicals from the company’s coal ash pits are contaminating homeowners’ drinking water. During tests at five homes last fall, traces of thallium were detected in […]

Duke Energy engineers and contractors survey the site of a coal ash spill at the Dan River power plant in Eden, North Carolina, on February 5.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Reports show engineers warned Duke about pipe

GREENSBORO, NC — “Documents summoned Tuesday by a grand jury investigating the Dan River spill show that Duke Energy received clear warnings about its Eden-area coal ash basin decades before this winter’s calamity. The documents from the N.C. Utilities Commission include engineering reports from 1986 and 1992 that highlight potential […]

Kasich signs bill freezing ‘green’ energy requirements
Coal / Energy

Kasich signs bill freezing ‘green’ energy requirements

COLUMBUS — “Gov. John Kasich has signed a measure that makes Ohio the first state to weaken its renewable energy standards, following a long and sometimes bitter debate that has put the state in a national spotlight. The governor signed the bill behind closed doors in his office yesterday. There […]

Duke Energy officially begins its clean up of the Dan River from the coal ash spill on Monday, May 12, 2014, in Danville, Va.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

New analysis says Duke can pay for ash cleanup without rate hikes

GREENSBORO, NC — “Duke Energy does not need to raise its customers’ power bills to clean up its coal-ash mess, a think tank in Cleveland, Ohio, reported today. ‘Duke Energy and its subsidiary, Duke Energy Carolinas, is well positioned to provide the needed financial resources to cover the estimated $2-10 […]