Energy

In America’s coal country, states are emboldened to ditch efficiency
Coal / Energy

In America’s coal country, states are emboldened to ditch efficiency

CLEVELAND — “Efforts to cut America’s use of energy are coming under attack, both in Washington and in at least two states. Ohio lawmakers held hearings this week on a bill that would scale back programs designed to shrink energy demand. Kentucky regulators began a review last month of its […]

Two Ohio coal-fired plants to close, deepening industry decline
Coal / Dayton Power & Light

Two Ohio coal-fired plants to close, deepening industry decline

DAYTON — “Electricity company Dayton Power & Light said on Monday it would shut down two coal-fired power plants in southern Ohio next year for economic reasons, a setback for the ailing coal industry but a victory for environmental activists. Republican President Donald Trump promised in his election campaign to […]

Students at Lincolnview Elementary display their notebook tablets with Senator Cliff Hite. CREDIT: Alexandria Mick
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Anti-wind bill costs Ohio schools hundreds of thousands of dollars

New setback rules killed revenue from wind farms that would have gone directly to districts VAN WERT — “A short drive up the road from Van Wert City Schools, students of Lincolnview Schools saw a different ending to the same story. That district benefits from a program that allows wind […]

The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, or NOPEC, has negotiated a contract with a NextEra Energy wholesale power company to supply about 500,0000 Northeast Ohio electric customers in 13 counties. NextEra, based in Florida, will replace FirstEnergy Solutions on Jan. 1. NOPEC is a consortium of more than 100 communities. (credit: Plain Dealer file)
Energy / remonopolization / Utilities

Deregulation shaved $15 billion from Ohio electric bills, lawmakers to meet Friday to re-regulate

CLEVELAND — “Consumers, businesses and industries saved $15 billion on electricity between 2011 and last year and are on course to save the same amount by 2020, the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, or NOPEC, said today. The claim is based on joint research and statistical analysis completed for NOPEC by […]

DP&L will sell its ownership in three coal-fired power stations, according to a new stipulation filed with a state organization. (Credit: Thomas Gnau/Dayton Daily News)
Coal / Dayton Power & Light

DPL to sell stake in three power plants

DAYTON — “In a new state filing, Dayton Power & Light Co. puts itself on a path further from the use of coal in power generation. The company said in the filing it will commit to selling its ownership in three generation stations while setting up an economic development fund for […]

Ohio Capitol Building
Energy / Utilities

Ohio ratepayer advocate outlines legislative priorities to lawmakers

COLUMBUS — “Changes to state energy law nine years ago have ‘allowed more ways for utilities to propose rate increases for customers to pay,’ Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Bruce Weston told state lawmakers on Tuesday. Appearing before the Public Utilities Committee of the state House of Representatives, Weston proceeded to outline […]

Round 2: House Republicans VS. Kasich in Green Energy Fight
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Round 2: House Republicans VS. Kasich in Green Energy Fight

COLUMBUS — “House Republicans are sending a message to Gov. John Kasich by moving a bill that would effectively kill green energy standards in Ohio. This is similar to a bill Kasich vetoed last year and  reports Kasich isn’t afraid to use that veto pen again. …Opponents of the standards […]

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Energy / Utilities

Study: lack of competition to blame for Ohio electricity cost increases

COLUMBUS — “With Ohio’s energy and energy efficiency standards again under attack, a new policy paper from Ohio State University attributes the lion’s share of electricity cost increases since 2008 to utilities and provisions that insulate them from full competition. None of Ohio’s transmission and distribution utilities have moved to […]

Levin Furniture in Avon has installed solar panels as part of its green initiatives, proving to some conservative Ohio lawmakers that solar will be built whether or not the state requires power companies to support it. (Plain Dealer file)
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio energy bill hearings begin today, would end rules on efficiency and renewable energy

CLEVELAND — “Another battle over renewable energy begins today in the Ohio House of Representatives. Cincinnati Republican lawmaker William Seitz isn’t about to give up his campaign to get rid of the state’s rules requiring power companies to sell a percentage of power generated by wind and solar and to help […]

Bill to weaken clean energy standards progresses despite Kasich opposition
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Bill to weaken clean energy standards progresses despite Kasich opposition

COLUMBUS — “The latest proposal to weaken Ohio’s clean-energy standards is on a fast track, as a key lawmaker said today that he wants to see the measure pass on the House floor within a matter of weeks. But that doesn’t change the underlying reality that Gov. John Kasich opposes […]