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Victory on fixed rate hikes
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Victory on fixed rate hikes

Thanks to the 22,765 people who filed official comments opposing Duke, AEP and DP&Ls proposed fixed rate hikes In the fall of 2015, Ohio utilities began proposing increases in the fixed rate or “customer charge” of residential electric bills. This flat fee is a delivery charge that has nothing to […]

A coal company CEO wants to buy FirstEnergy Solutions’ coal-fired power plants
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A coal company CEO wants to buy FirstEnergy Solutions’ coal-fired power plants

An energy industry analyst says Robert Murray’s idea may not be doable CLEVELAND — “The head of one of the nation’s biggest coal companies says he can keep First Energy Solutions’ coal-fired power plants from shutting down. Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray tells Bloomberg news that if government subsidies are granted he can […]

Murray Energy’s war on clean energy in Ohio
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Murray Energy’s war on clean energy in Ohio

Murray Energy lobbied on a bill to roll back renewable energy “mandates” in Ohio, while it fought for government intervention to bail out coal-fired power plants. COLUMBUS — “Coal producer Murray Energy lobbied on the latest bill to roll back renewable energy ‘mandates’ in Ohio, while it fought for government […]

Here’s what utilities have promised to deliver on renewables, emissions
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Here’s what utilities have promised to deliver on renewables, emissions

LANSING, MI — “A Midwest Energy News review of investor-owned utilities in the region found three-quarters of them have made voluntary renewable or emission pledges that go above and beyond what’s required under state laws. All but four of the 17 companies have set voluntary goals for renewables, emissions or both. Seven utilities have […]

Ohio utilities aren’t ready to share federal tax cut with customers
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Ohio utilities aren’t ready to share federal tax cut with customers

COLUMBUS — “The full benefits of last year’s federal tax cuts haven’t trickled down to Ohio gas and electric bills, and if it’s up to the utilities it could be a while before that happens. Ohio utility regulators, like those in virtually every state, are deliberating on what to do with millions in tax savings […]

Consumer groups maintain rate increase cases and power purchase agreements filed by the utilities are muddying the waters of Ohio's energy market.
AEP / Dayton Power & Light / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Lower Ohio electric rates based on federal tax cut won’t be easy or quick

CLEVELAND — “Don’t plan on lower electric bills anytime soon reflecting the fat tax cut Ohio’s electric utilities are already enjoying. FirstEnergy, American Electric Power, Duke Energy and Dayton Power & Light have made it clear to the PUCO that passing on their windfall tax break from 35 percent to […]

Coal’s ‘aging out’ problem: Most US customers operating older power plants
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Coal’s ‘aging out’ problem: Most US customers operating older power plants

NEW YORK, NY — “U.S. coal production paused a yearslong, sharp decline through most of 2017, but the sector still faces the challenges of a rapidly aging customer base. Nearly 70% of the coal delivered in the 12-month period that ended Oct. 31, 2017, went to coal-fired power plants that […]

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PJM changes would help subsidized coal, nuclear compete on market

COLUMBUS — “Illinois already has one subsidy plan in place that could benefit from the new PJM proposal. The state’s plan subsidizes nuclear power and is currently being challenged at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. ‘Subsidies are contagious,’ Bowring said. ‘If one subsidy program is permitted to undermine the PJM capacity […]

Coal’s decline seems impervious to Trump’s promises
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Coal’s decline seems impervious to Trump’s promises

BOBTOWN, PA — “When Nic Zmija applied for a job at the 4 West coal mine three years ago, he was tantalized by a fat raise and a secure future. Once hired, he was told that someday even his two young sons had jobs waiting for them. ‘It all sounded […]

Want healthier babies? Shut down coal plants
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Want healthier babies? Shut down coal plants

Two studies in the past month show significantly fewer health risks for babies after nearby coal plants close NEW YORK, NY — “Babies born near an active coal plant in China had shorter telomeres—sections of DNA that act as caps on the ends of chromosomes—than babies born after the plant […]