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Highland County solar projects pending approval
AEP / Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

Highland County solar projects pending approval

Proposed facilities could bring millions of dollars COLUMBUS — “Local and area officials gathered in Columbus on Tuesday to urge the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to approve the construction of two massive solar farms in Highland County that could potentially bring thousands of jobs and millions of dollars to […]

Proposed AEP solar plants in southern Ohio have strong backing at hearing
AEP / Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

Proposed AEP solar plants in southern Ohio have strong backing at hearing

COLUMBUS — “It was hard to find an opponent at Tuesday’s state hearing over American Electric Power’s proposal to build two solar plants in southern Ohio. More than 50 people testified at the hearing at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, and all of them glowed about the project from an […]

West facade of the Ohio Statehouse. Credit: Wikipedia
Energy / Renewable Energy

Clean energy advocates on guard for lame duck legislation in Ohio

This year’s session follows a report from PJM that some fear could be used to justify coal and nuclear subsidies COLUMBUS — “Clean energy advocates say Ohio lawmakers should not try to use a new report from grid operator PJM to pass subsidies for aging coal or nuclear power plants during the lame […]

Wind turbines in Blue Creek Township, Ohio Credit: Wikimedia Commons).
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

A look at wind power’s history in Ohio

VAN WERT — “The Blue Creek Wind Farm has been cited repeatedly over the years as an example of what was possible before today’s highly restrictive setback rules were passed by the Ohio General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. John Kasich in 2014. Company officials have said the project […]

US on pace for record coal retirements in 2018, IEEFA finds
Coal / Energy

US on pace for record coal retirements in 2018, IEEFA finds

CLEVELAND — “U.S. power providers will close more coal-fired generation capacity in 2018 than any year before, according to research released last week by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), a clean energy think tank. The IEEFA report highlights the accelerating trend of coal plant retirements, but also illustrates just […]

Natural gas, renewables supply more than half of US electricity in August
Energy / Renewable Energy

Natural gas, renewables supply more than half of US electricity in August

WASHINGTON, DC — “Natural gas and renewables powered 53.4% of U.S. electricity generation in August, while coal accounted for less than a third of the total. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s latest ‘Electric Power Monthly’ released Oct. 24, utility-scale generation net of hydroelectric pumped storage increased 6.8% year […]

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station (Credit: NRC)
Energy / FirstEnergy

FES to ask state for customer-paid subsidy to save nuclear plants

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy Solutions is hoping to emerge from federal bankruptcy court as a competitive nuclear power company, backed by new state subsidies and operating under new federally mandated market rules. The company already has begun the groundwork for that transformation, hiring a team of experienced lobbyists who have been […]

Pairing Wind + Solar for Cheaper, 24-Hour Renewable Energy
Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Pairing Wind + Solar for Cheaper, 24-Hour Renewable Energy

A unique power project in Ohio will take advantage of solar’s midday burst of energy and wind’s all-day power to provide more consistent clean energy to the grid. LIMA — “Along a country road east of Lima, Ohio, a company is preparing to build one of the world’s largest renewable […]

Choosing Ohio’s next Governor
Energy / Voter Engagement Work

Choosing Ohio’s next Governor

Wealthy people influence government and elections through powerful institutions like banking, insurance, real estate, healthcare, manufacturing and of course energy and utility companies. But powerful people don’t always agree. Some favor supporting Republicans, while others favor Democrats; many support both parties just to be safe. They think of the hundreds […]

FirstEnergy's downtown Akron headquarters.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Bankruptcy court OKs FirstEnergy Solutions settlement, setting stage for reorganization

AKRON — “U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Alan Koschik said late Tuesday that he will approve a complicated settlement of financial issues between FirstEnergy and its bankrupt subsidiary FirsrtEnergy Solutions. FirstEnergy will make a settlement payment of $225 million to FES and issue $628 million in notes for the subsidiary that will […]