Energy

Senate votes to keep ‘Halliburton loophole'; regulation stays with states
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Senate votes to keep ‘Halliburton loophole'; regulation stays with states

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Senate sided with the oil and gas industry yesterday and flatly rejected an effort to repeal a provision environmentalists call the “Halliburton loophole.” The measure would have repealed a provision in the 2005 energy bill that exempted the practice from the underground injection control (UIC) provisions […]

Bakken crude oil rolls over Ohio rails
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Bakken crude oil rolls over Ohio rails

COLUMBUS — “Millions of gallons of some of the most volatile crude oil in North America are being transported on rail lines through Ohio each week, according to reports that the state had kept secret until this week. The railroad-company reports show that 45 million to 137 million gallons of […]

FirstEnergy’s latest strategy for a bailout is still a bad idea
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy’s latest strategy for a bailout is still a bad idea

CLEVELAND — “I discussed FirstEnergy’s strategy with Ned Hill, noted economist and dean of Cleveland State’s College of Urban Affairs. He described it as building a ‘redistributive coalition,’ which is comprised of a relatively small group of beneficiaries from a collective action who join forces to advocate a self-interested public […]

FirstEnergy has proposed a new rate plan that would help secure the future of the Davis-Besse plant in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Hearing draws varied crowd on rate plan for Davis-Besse

TOLEDO — “According to Scott Gerfen, Ohio Consumers Counsel spokesman, FirstEnergy has already received billions of dollars for its transition to deregulated power plants under Ohio’s 1999 law that lifted market restrictions. Michael Shields, a researcher for Policy Matters Ohio, said FirstEnergy shouldn’t be rewarded for failing to diversify its […]

Ohioans stand up in force to oppose bailing out old, dirty power plants
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohioans stand up in force to oppose bailing out old, dirty power plants

CLEVELAND — “Our state and regional leaders should be helping us build a healthy and prosperous future for our families as we transition away from the dirty fuels of the past. They should take advantage of the growing clean energy industry, investing in local economic development and providing programs that […]

Teresa McHugh and Katriel Israel from Ohio Sierra Club and Rachael Belz of Ohio Citizen Action at the PUCO hearing in Cleveland, January 20, 2015.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy rate plan pummeled during PUCO hearing as 80 demand to testify

CLEVELAND — “A sharply critical crowd of about 200 FirstEnergy customers and critics poured into Cleveland City Council chambers Tuesday night to vent rage about the company’s latest rate proposal, and at times, its actions over the last decade. The five-hour marathon hearing before representatives of the Public Utilities Commission […]

Drops in Ohio clean energy investment could hurt jobs, growth
Energy

Drops in Ohio clean energy investment could hurt jobs, growth

COLUMBUS — “Late last spring, Gov. John Kasich signed Senate Bill 310 into law. SB 310 “freezes” increases in the energy efficiency and renewable energy targets for two years, while also scaling back the scope of those standards. In the wake of the legislature’s actions, investments in the state’s clean […]

About two dozen people showed up near the West Side Market Saturday to draw attention to the public meeting at Cleveland City Hall Tuesday.
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio’s anti-green suicide

COLUMBUS — “Swing state Ohio is plunging ever deeper into the fossil/nuke abyss. Its Public Utilities Commission may soon gouge the public for $3 billion (BILLION!) to subsidize two filthy 50-year-old coal burners and America’s most dangerous nuke. Approval would seal Ohio’s death notice. None of those coal/nuke burners can compete […]

Residents don’t deserve higher energy rates
Energy / FirstEnergy

Residents don’t deserve higher energy rates

COLUMBUS — “Allowing FirstEnergy to raise its rates would be unjust to people struggling to make ends meet. As a senior at Ohio State University, I understand the burden of debt. But where is my bailout? If I am expected to be responsible for the debt I accrued in the pursuit […]

About two dozen people showed up near the West Side Market Saturday to draw attention to the public meeting at Cleveland City Hall Tuesday.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy wants PUCO guarantees on nuclear and coal prices

A public meeting in Cleveland will look at FirstEnergy rate plan CLEVELAND — “The last of three public meetings on FirstEnergy’s new rate plan happens Tuesday. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on the proposal that has drawn criticism from some business groups, as well as environmentalists. Akron-based FirstEnergy runs the Illuminating […]