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Duke Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

Duke Energy seeks base fee increase, undercutting thrift (Opinion)

CINCINNATI — “You should be able to manage your utility bills by controlling how much energy you use at home. That’s logical and straightforward. But Duke Energy wants to change that. If Duke’s proposal to significantly raise its ‘customer fees’ is approved, you’d lose control over a big portion of […]

America crowns a new Pollution King
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America crowns a new Pollution King

WASHINGTON, DC — “For the first time in 40 years, power plants are no longer the biggest source of U.S. greenhouse gas pollution. That dubious distinction now belongs to the transport sector: cars, trucks, planes, trains and boats. The big reversal didn’t happen because transportation emissions have been increasing. In fact, since 2000 […]

The Blue Creek Township wind farm. Photo by Tom Hart / Creative Commons
Coal / Energy / Wind Energy

Secrecy surrounds pro-coal group eyeing Ohio wind cases

CLEVELAND — “A pro-coal group that has appeared in multiple Ohio wind farm cases has not disclosed its members, raising questions about who funds the nonprofit organization and what relationship it might have to other parties. The Campaign for American Affordable and Reliable Energy (CAARE) has been added to the service list […]

The Kayford Mine near Charleston, West Virginia (Credit: Dennis Dimick / FLICKR).
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

A troubling look at the human toll of mountaintop removal mining

NEW HAVEN, CT — “The devastating environmental impacts of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia have long been well documented. But over the last decade, Indiana University researcher Michael Hendryx has been examining another consequence of this form of coal surface mining that had previously been overlooked: the health impacts on […]

Credit: Sky3 / WBTV
Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Emails reveal how Duke edited scientific reports on coal ash, coordinated with advisory board chair

CHARLOTTE, NC — “Emails and documents obtained by WBTV show senior officials at Duke Energy edited reports prepared by at least one professor hired by the company to prepare independent scientific reports related to the impact of coal ash ponds on groundwater. The documents also show a second professor, Dr. […]

Duke Energy / Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

44 Duke customers speak out against fixed rate increase

CINCINNATI — Retirees, solar industry professionals, engineers, people on the PIP (utility assistance) program and many others told their stories to PUCO regulators last week, as they agency weighs Duke’s proposed fixed rate hike. Their stories differed, but their message was clear- no rate hike. Colerain Township resident Rich McVay pointed […]

AEP to invest $1.8 billion in renewables over the next three years
AEP / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

AEP to invest $1.8 billion in renewables over the next three years

One of the United States’ largest power companies is looking to increase its renewable energy portfolio five-fold in value and has identified a 1.37 GW solar pipeline COLUMBUS — “If there was one definitive sign that renewable energy has gone mainstream, this may be it. Last Friday American Electric Power (AEP), […]

Unusual alliances emerge in Ohio over plan to prop up coal and nuclear plants
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Unusual alliances emerge in Ohio over plan to prop up coal and nuclear plants

COLUMBUS — “Ohio energy companies, state agencies and other groups are forming some unexpected alliances in their positions for and against a federal proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear power over other forms of electricity. The proposed rule from the Department of Energy calls on FERC to revise its pricing rules to guarantee […]

Would Duke Energy customers feel significant effects of proposed rate hike?
Duke Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

Would Duke Energy customers feel significant effects of proposed rate hike?

Duke claims many wouldn’t notice change to their bill, but some still aren’t convinced CINCINNATI — “Duke Energy Ohio is feeling the heat from customers who are unhappy with a possible rate increase. Many are urging state officials to deny the increase, but Duke says the case shouldn’t result in […]

How fossil fuel allies are tearing apart Ohio’s embrace of clean energy
Coal / Energy / Renewable Energy

How fossil fuel allies are tearing apart Ohio’s embrace of clean energy

With scare studies, policy drafts and political donations, industry groups turned Ohio lawmakers against policies they once overwhelmingly supported COLUMBUS — “On March 30, Bill Seitz, a charismatic Republican, took to the floor of the Ohio House to make a case for gutting a 2008 law designed to speed the […]