Energy

Members of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio meet in March 2018. photo: PUCO
Energy / Renewable Energy

Ohio clean energy groups will seek recusals from PUCO nominee

Industry group lobbyist Sam Randazzo has represented several groups before the regulatory board COLUMBUS — “Randazzo himself raised the question of recusals when he opposed Democrat Howard Petricoff for a seat on the PUCO in 2016. Petricoff had represented wind industry clients, as well as some companies that favor a shift to […]

Justice Department, Ohio AG warn FirstEnergy Solutions and FirstEnergy on environmental obligations
Coal / FirstEnergy

Justice Department, Ohio AG warn FirstEnergy Solutions and FirstEnergy on environmental obligations

CLEVELAND — “The U.S. Department of Justice fired a warning shot this week across the bow of FirstEnergy Solutions and its path toward restructuring itself free of past debt and other obligations. The warning did not leave out parent company FirstEnergy, which negotiated a deal with FES and creditors last summer […]

Perry Nuclear Power Station as seen from Headlands State Park, Mentor, Ohio (Credit: Wainstead/Public Domain)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

FirstEnergy Solutions has tentative restructuring agreement with creditors, hopes to emerge from bankruptcy this fall

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy Solutions wants state lawmakers to create a customer-paid subsidy for its nuclear power plants and several months ago hired a lobbying team to convince Ohio lawmakers that the Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear plants are essential to the state’s economy and “grid critical.” Previously parent company FirstEnergy tried and […]

Credit: Kristian Buus / Creative Commons
Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

State weighs huge solar farm proposal today

COLUMBUS — “At stake is an AEP proposal to build 400 megawatts of solar power, generated across two solar panel farms, in Highland County, south of Clinton County. The utility wants to develop a total of 900 megawatts of renewable energy production in Ohio. AEP contends the project would be a […]

Utilities speed up closure of coal-fired power plants
Coal / Energy

Utilities speed up closure of coal-fired power plants

Wind, solar and natural gas become more cost-competitive, driving shift to new energy sources MERRILLVILLE, IN — “Northern Indiana Public Service, part of NiSource Inc., concluded that phasing out coal sooner was worth it because it would move the company to what is becoming a cheaper source of power, and […]

A clean energy revolution is rising in the midwest, with utilities in the vanguard
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

A clean energy revolution is rising in the midwest, with utilities in the vanguard

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — “Xcel Energy of Minnesota in early December said it would go to zero carbon emissionsthroughout its eight-state territory by 2050, the first major utility to do so. That followed some big steps by Consumers Energy in Michigan and NIPSCO in Indiana, which issued plans to shut down coal-fired […]

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 […]