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Local officials credit the Ohio EPA for bringing the Hocking River up to aquatic standards. The river only met 38 percent of the standards when first assessed in the 1980s. Credit: Athens Post file photo
Coal / Water Quality

Repealed stream protection rule may affect Athens

ATHENS — “At the end of his presidency, Barack Obama put together the Stream Protection Rule, which regulated the dumping of mining waste in streams. Less than two months later, President Donald Trump is slated to sign a resolution doing away with the rule. How this change will affect Appalachian […]

Despite solar job growth, company officials say Ohio policy prevented more
Coal / Freeze on Clean Energy

Despite solar job growth, company officials say Ohio policy prevented more

WASHINGTON, DC — “Employment in Ohio’s solar industry grew 21 percent last year, with the addition of 1,020 jobs, according to the report. The state’s total of 5,831 jobs ranked Ohio’s solar industry employment 11th overall, but only 25th on a per capita basis. Company leaders say Ohio could have […]

G.O.P. hurries to slash oil and gas rules, ending industries 8-year wait
Climate Change / Coal

G.O.P. hurries to slash oil and gas rules, ending industries 8-year wait

WASHINGTON, DC — “The document carried the title ‘A Roadmap to Repeal,’ a concise list of Obama administration environmental regulations that a Koch brothers-backed group was pressing President Trump and Congress to quickly reverse after Inauguration Day. It was a tally of rules that energy industry executives and lobbyists had […]

Ohio voters want energy choice, oppose return to monopoly utilities
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio voters want energy choice, oppose return to monopoly utilities

CLEVELAND — “Efforts by the state’s traditional monopoly power companies to persuade lawmakers to scrap competitive markets and return to a fully regulated system could run afoul of an important political player — voters. A telephone survey conducted in January by Fallon Research and Communications, of Columbus and Washington, D.C., found […]

A mountaintop removal mine site in Southern West Virginia in 2009. Credit: CHRIS DORST | Gazette-Mail file photo - See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20170201/congress-moves-to-reject-obama-mining-rule-changes#sthash.swIQfgcy.dpuf
Coal

Congress moves to reject Obama mining rule changes

WASHINGTON, DC — “Congress on Wednesday evening was headed toward fairly quick action to reject a late-term effort by the Obama administration to replace a controversial stream ‘buffer zone’ rule with a collection of requirements that coal operators better monitor water quality, try to avoid damage to streams, and improve […]

After decades of decreases, mercury rises in Great Lakes wildlife
Coal

After decades of decreases, mercury rises in Great Lakes wildlife

Scientists are seeing an uptick of the legacy toxic in Great Lakes fish and birds. Warming waters are the suspected culprit. More coal will make it worse. SAULT STE. MARIE, MI — “Toxic mercury is once again increasing in some Great Lakes fish and birds after decades of consistent, promising […]

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AEP / Energy

AEP has just four power plants left in Ohio after sale to investment firm

COLUMBUS — “AEP has closed on its previously announced sale of four power plants, three of them in Ohio and the other in Indiana. American Electric Power Company Inc. (NYSE:AEP) sold the plants for $2.1 billion to New York-based Blackstone Group LP and an ArcLight Capital Partners affiliate and operate […]

FirstEnergy is about to ask Ohio lawmakers to create new regulations awarding "zero emission credits," or ZECs, to its nuclear power plants, Davis-Besse east of Toledo and Perry east of Cleveland, in recognition that they do not contribute to air pollution. The ZECs would increase customer bills. The plan is sure to be challenged in federal court because it would subsidize the nukes which are supposed to be operating in a competitive market.
AEP / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio electric deregulation on the chopping block?

CLEVELAND — “The big power plants that FirstEnergy and Columbus-based American Electric Power have operated for decades just cannot make electricity as cheaply — or as profitably —  as the new gas turbines, and at times, wind farms. The companies have been looking for a way to escape the perils […]

Carbon dioxide emissions fall in Ohio, but state still among worst
Climate Change / Coal / Energy

Carbon dioxide emissions fall in Ohio, but state still among worst

COLUMBUS — “Ohio has been spewing a lot less of a major contributor to climate change than it did in 2000, but it’s still near the top of U.S states. The state produced the fifth-most carbon dioxide emissions in 2014, putting 232 million metric tons of the greenhouse gas into […]

The major front in the ‘war on coal’ lies within the market itself
Coal / Energy

The major front in the ‘war on coal’ lies within the market itself

BOSTON, MA — “If citizens have heard anything about the upheaval in the U.S. coal industry, it is probably the insistence that President Obama and the EPA have waged a ‘war on coal.’ This phrase is written into President-elect Donald Trump’s energy platform, which promises to ‘end the war on […]