Energy

Energy Secretary Rick Perry's former campaign chairman, Jeff Miller (second from left), sat behind Perry during his Senate confirmation hearing (Credit: C-SPAN).
Energy

Lobbying: Longtime aide cashes in after fixing Perry’s ‘oops’ image

WASHINGTON, DC — “Jeff Miller directed Rick Perry’s 2016 presidential campaign and shepherded the Energy secretary through the Senate confirmation process. Now, he’s cashing in. A handful of energy companies paid Miller’s recently launched lobbying practice $1.17 million through the first nine months of 2017, federal lobbying disclosures show. The […]

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Coal / Energy

A moment of truth arrives for Rick Perry’s widely hated coal bailout

WASHINGTON, DC — “Donald Trump campaigned for president with intense support from coal miners and coal mining communities. He promised them the moon — mines would reopen, their jobs would come back, and their communities would thrive. Like many of Trump’s promises, these are impossible to keep, but he’s been […]

Editorial: The Trump administration’s coal bailout
Coal / Energy

Editorial: The Trump administration’s coal bailout

NEW YORK, NY — “Federal energy regulators will soon vote on a ham-fisted Trump administration proposal to subsidize coal-fired power plants. This plan could cost families and businesses billions of dollars in higher electricity prices for no discernible public benefit. The measure in question comes from the energy secretary, Rick […]

FirstEnergy is requesting from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio permission to raise rates by 2 percent for grid updates (Credit: Cleveland Plain Dealer).
FirstEnergy / Utilities

FirstEnergy wants to raise rates by 2 percent for grid upgrades

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy wants to increase electricity rates by up to 2 percent for three years to make some $450 million in improvements to the grid. Any increase in electric bills would require approval by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. The utility hopes the commission will OK the proposal by May, […]

The darker orange areas in this map reflect majority Republican support for government funding of renewable energy research.
Climate Change / Energy / Renewable Energy

Map shows political divide on climate, common ground on clean energy

NEW HAVEN, CT — “A majority of both Republicans and Democrats throughout Ohio favor clean energy policies, such as regulating carbon dioxide emissions as a pollutant and more government funding for renewable energy, according to a new interactive map. Moreover, people would favor those policies despite substantial divides on acceptance of climate […]

The Blue Creek Township wind farm. Photo by Tom Hart / Creative Commons
Coal / Energy / Wind Energy

Secrecy surrounds pro-coal group eyeing Ohio wind cases

CLEVELAND — “A pro-coal group that has appeared in multiple Ohio wind farm cases has not disclosed its members, raising questions about who funds the nonprofit organization and what relationship it might have to other parties. The Campaign for American Affordable and Reliable Energy (CAARE) has been added to the service list […]

Duke Energy / Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

44 Duke customers speak out against fixed rate increase

CINCINNATI — Retirees, solar industry professionals, engineers, people on the PIP (utility assistance) program and many others told their stories to PUCO regulators last week, as they agency weighs Duke’s proposed fixed rate hike. Their stories differed, but their message was clear- no rate hike. Colerain Township resident Rich McVay pointed […]

The Davis Besse nuclear plant is among those covered by a proposed FirstEnergy settlement. 
Photo by Marc Haserodt / Creative Commons
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Ohio needs a clean energy future, not a no-strings-attached bailout

AKRON — “It’s understandable that FirstEnergy’s hometown newspaper, the Akron Beacon Journal, supports its own utility monopoly. Yet justifying that support and advocating for FirstEnergy’s proposed nuclear bailout on environmental grounds is a surprise…and misdirected. FirstEnergy’s proposal merely is yet another attempt to force customers to prop up its uneconomic power plants. […]

A 90-foot barge is used to extract soil samples and perform pressure tests in Lake Erie, where Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation plans to erect six wind turbines next year. (Photo by Mort Tucker/LeedCo)
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

A new green future is building on Lake Erie

Cleveland is on track to lead a nascent offshore wind industry in the U.S., creating clean energy and jobs for a city in need of both CLEVELAND — “Lorry Wagner has spent more than a decade attempting to convince the world that Cleveland has all the ingredients to be a giant […]

Dying from war, smoking, hunger & natural disasters turns out to be nothing compared to deaths from pollution, which kills nine million people a year.
Air Quality / Energy

Pollution kills more people than anything else

NEW YORK, NY — “The most comprehensive report to date on the health effects of environmental pollution shows that filthy air, contaminated water and other polluted parts of our environment kill more people worldwide each year than almost everything else combined – smoking, hunger, natural disasters, war, murder, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. It’s no wonder then […]