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Protesters gather for AEP electric rate hike
AEP / Coal / Energy

Protesters gather for AEP electric rate hike

NBC4: Columbus, Ohio News, Weather, and Sports (WCMH-TV) COLUMBUS — “AEP of Ohio is asking the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for $117 million for a Power Plant Agreement. In essence they own several aging coal-fired power plants that they said are not cost-competitive. Two mentioned are the Kyger Creek […]

Ohio Citizen Action attended the PUCO hearing in Columbus yesterday. From left to right: Sarah Flood, Sammi Tuckerman, Kate Aylward, --, Noah Yasi, Jamie Petroff, Jessica Smith-Szabo, Jessica Kramer, and ---. Kneeling: Amanda Wager, Becca Leslein, and --.
AEP / Coal / Energy

‘Bailout’ or safeguard? Income guarantee for AEP power plant debated

COLUMBUS — “After thousands of pages of testimony and hours of hearings, yesterday provided one more day to debate a hotly contested proposal by American Electric Power. …Although the case focuses on one site, Kyger Creek Plant in southeastern Ohio, the decision will affect several other companies that are seeking […]

AEP exec: PUCO testimony to focus on legality and public policy
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP exec: PUCO testimony to focus on legality and public policy

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. has spent a year trying to convince Ohio regulators to approve guaranteeing profits for its share of a coal-fired power plant. That apparently wasn’t enough for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, and AEP attorneys on Wednesday will get a rare (and short) […]

This chart from the redacted version of testimony submitted on behalf of the Sierra Club projects that customers would incur a cumulative loss (green line) for at least 10 years under Duke Energy’s proposed power purchase agreement plan.
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

While seeking ‘bailout,’ Ohio utilities keep cost data secret

COLUMBUS — “As Ohio utilities seek to require the public to help pay for aging power plants, they are also fighting to keep data that could be used to evaluate those plans under wraps. FirstEnergy, Duke Energy and American Electric Power have asked the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) […]

How fossil fuel interests unraveled the Buckeye State’s renewable energy progress
Energy

How fossil fuel interests unraveled the Buckeye State’s renewable energy progress

COLUMBUS — “The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which is known to for its links to oil, gas and coal interests, played a key role in pushing the freeze of Ohio’s renewable portfolio standard through the state legislature and onto the Governor’s desk. In 2012, ALEC’s board of directors adopted […]

Ohioans tell the Governor and US EPA that they want climate action
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Ohioans tell the Governor and US EPA that they want climate action

COLUMBUS — “Rep. Mike Foley (D-Cleveland) said in a press event announcing his and other Ohio lawmakers’ support of the Clean Power Plan that it is “vitally important” that the U.S. lead on developing clean forms of energy to reduce the effects of climate change. He indicated that Ohio – […]

Five years on, millions in costs from AMP’s cancelled coal plant still hang over towns and cities
AMP / Coal / Energy

Five years on, millions in costs from AMP’s cancelled coal plant still hang over towns and cities

CLEVELAND — “Original estimates put construction expenses at $1.5 billion, but that price had more than doubled by the fall of 2009, to almost $3.5 billion. The member communities that had agreed to take part in the deal, much to their detriment, had signed 50-year  take-or-pay contracts in 2007 and […]

The proposed bailout for Ohio’s coal plants: A bad idea any way you look at it
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

The proposed bailout for Ohio’s coal plants: A bad idea any way you look at it

CAMBRIDGE, MA — “Ohio’s three biggest electricity providers are asking the state to approve a bailout plan that would force Ohioans to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in extra charges to keep some of the nation’s oldest, dirtiest, and least efficient power plants operating. If the proposals are approved, […]

Debate over Kasich administration’s Green Energy Report
Energy

Debate over Kasich administration’s Green Energy Report

COLUMBUS — “Democratic Representatives Mike Foley of Cleveland and Dan Ramos of Lorain are crying foul after learning about a year-old report on the status of the advanced energy industry in Ohio. The report was commissioned by the Ohio Development Services Agency—or DSA—part of Gov. John Kasich’s administration. It was […]

FirstEnergy's Ohio power companies have paid consumers $50 to turn in old, working refrigerators since 2011. The electric company contracted with Jaco Environmental to recycle the old appliances at its  Stow facility. About 95 percent of the refrigerator and freezer materials can be recycled. FirstEnergy is ending its consumer energy efficiency programs.
Energy / FirstEnergy

PUCO approves FirstEnergy’s request to suspend popular energy efficiency programs

COLUMBUS — “State regulators on Thursday approved FirstEnergy’s request to scuttle most of its consumer energy efficiency programs at the end of the year, ending popular rebates and discounts on Energy Star appliances and lighting and rewards for turning in old appliances. FirstEnergy is the only Ohio electric company that has […]