A coal seam is blasted at a mine in Wyoming. At least 264 mines were closed between 2011 and 2013. Photograph: Robb Kendrick/NG/Alamy
Coal / Energy

US coal sector in ‘terminal decline’, financial analysts say

Over 200 mines shut down and industry loses 76% of its value in five years, report finds WASHINGTON, DC — “The US coal sector is in a “terminal decline” which has sent 26 companies bust in the last three years, according to financial analysts. A report by the Carbon Tracker […]

Wind turbines are an increasingly common sight as commercial wind farms proliferate.    Eyematrix
Clean Power Plan / Energy / FirstEnergy

Research: Ohio energy freeze resulting in millions in lost investment

COLUMBUS — “It’s been almost a year since Ohio lawmakers froze the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards, and some analysts say the damage is already unfolding. Researchers at the Center for American Progress interviewed business leaders in the renewable energy sector in Ohio, and senior policy advisor and report […]

Cartoon by Matt Davies.
AEP / Clean Power Plan / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether cost to cut air pollution outweighs health benefits

WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh whether the cost of cracking down on air pollution from coal-fired power plants outweighs the health benefits in a March 25 case on mercury emissions. Organizations that represent the coal and utility industries, as well as more than a dozen states […]

Solar panels in Crucey-Villages, central France, part of the building site of a photovoltaic park built by French Energy Giant EDF. New legislations forces all new commercial zone buildings to have panels or plants on top. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Truth: Rooftop solar capacity benefits all ratepayers

CLEVELAND — “The lie goes something like this: Households and business that install photovoltaic panels are doing so at the expense of other electricity ratepayers because they are “subsidized” by those that don’t have solar panels. The truth is this: Rooftop solar provides substantial benefits for everyone, regardless of who […]

Firefighters from around Ohio fight a derrick fire during a training session at Wayne County Fire and Rescue Training Facility in 2008. (AP Photo/Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal)
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking-friendly bills back before Ohio lawmakers

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s oil and gas industry and environmental groups are satisfied with a compromise reached this week on one bill before the state legislature, but both camps remain divided on controversial community right-to-know provisions in another pending bill. Gov. John Kasich’s House budget bill, House Bill 64, would exempt […]

he W.H. Sammis power plant's future operation could be more difficult under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rules on power plant carbon dioxide emissions.
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Want less carbon dioxide in the air you breathe? It’s going to cost you, how much depends on who you voted for

COLUMBUS — “The battle over clean air, including air containing less carbon dioxide, is being waged here before a little-noticed special study committee that was supposed to be looking at something else. Ohio’s Energy Mandates Study Committee, created last fall, was supposed to consider whether the state should reinstate its […]

Ohio pressed pause on economic growth when it froze its clean energy standards

Ohio pressed pause on economic growth when it froze its clean energy standards

COLUMBUS — “Ohio shot itself in the foot last year and we’re only now learning just how bad the damage is. …As an example, 75 wind turbines were planned for installation in the state before the Legislature’s action, now only two are planned. Specifically, the Legislature increased the property setback […]

Charred trucks and equipment at the scene of the June 28 chemical fire at the StatOil North America well pad. Adam Cairns, Columbus Dispatch
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Some fighting state proposal on disclosure of fracking chemicals

COLUMBUS — “Eric Heis, a Department of Natural Resources spokesman, said the department will do that. Heis said more chemical information would be reported, and that chemical information would be available more quickly, if this language passes. ‘We’re pushing for more disclosure,’ Heis said. “We want to make it better, […]

An offshore wind farm at Middelgrunden, Denmark.
AEP / Coal / Energy

American Electric Power should support clean energy in Ohio: Tim Brennan (opinion)

CLEVELAND — “As the fifth largest investor-owned utility in the country, American Electric Power has the potential to lead the industry in clean energy. Renewable energy and energy efficiency are increasingly cost-effective options for utilities seeking to lower their carbon emissions, diversify their power supplies, and limit the risks posed by […]

A proposal from FirstEnergy would guarantee income for the Davis-Besse nuclear plant and other facilities. (Photo by AlienCG via Creative Commons)
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Utility ‘bailout’ cases reflect larger Ohio energy debate

CLEVELAND — “As FirstEnergy awaits a decision on its proposed electric security plan after a similar proposal from American Electric Power (AEP) was rejected by regulators last month, broader themes about Ohio’s energy future are emerging in the debate. The plan recommended by FirstEnergy would have Ohio electricity consumers pay […]