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FirstEnergy nuclear charges still before lawmakers, opponents fight earlier increases at Supreme Court
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy nuclear charges still before lawmakers, opponents fight earlier increases at Supreme Court

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy’s legislative supporters have introduced a new bill in the Ohio House that would create special customer charges to subsidize the company’s nuclear power plants because they cannot compete with new ultra-efficient gas turbine power plants. House Bill 381 would cost customers less than an earlier proposal — […]

The Painesville, Ohio, power plant recently turned 125 years old.
Photo: Brian Bull, Ideastream
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

What does Trump’s clean power pullback mean For Ohio?

COLUMBUS — “It was one of Donald Trump’s biggest campaign rally cries when he was running for president – ending what he called the ‘war on coal.’ Now his EPA director Scott Pruitt says that’s exactly what the administration is doing by rolling back the Clean Power Plan, something both opponents […]

A wind farm near Lake Benton, Minn. Photo: Nic McPhee/Flickr
Coal / Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Carbon rule or not, wind energy continues to squeeze coal

WASHINGTON, DC — “In nearly every instance, utility decisions to invest in new wind farms are driven by low costs and the ability to add generation and hedge fuel costs without raising customer bills. Take Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Inc. The company already operates 4 GW of wind energy and will increase […]

Kelly Cooper, former president of the UWUA local 175, worked at the two Adams County coal-fired power plants for more than 30 years. "Everybody knows, unless you are in West Virginia and never come out of a coal mine, that coal is on its way out," he said. Photo:
Coal / Energy

Despite Trump promises, uncertainty reigns in Ohio communities near coal plants

MANCHESTER — “A plan by the Trump administration to rescue uneconomic coal plants has done little to ease the pall of anxiety hanging over two Ohio River counties. By next June, Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) will close two coal-fired plants in Adams County, Ohio — the 2,318-megawatt coal-fired J.M. Stuart […]

Coal / Energy

Ohio legislature considers forcing customers to bailout coal plants

COLUMBUS — “Did you hear that you could soon be paying more for your electric bills? But the price of electricity isn’t getting more expensive, so what gives? If some lawmakers in Columbus get their way, your hard-earned money will start paying for bailouts of old power plants in Indiana and […]

Friendly policies keep US oil and coal afloat far more than we thought
Coal / Energy

Friendly policies keep US oil and coal afloat far more than we thought

US fossil fuel production is subsidized to the tune of $20 billion annually WASHINGTON, DC — “Oil Change International (OCI)  is only counting direct production subsidies. As they acknowledge, that leaves out a great deal. For one thing, it leaves out the annual $14.5 billion in consumption subsidies — things like […]

The General James M. Gavin coal plant in southeast Ohio (Credit: Analog Kid / Creative Commons).
Coal / Energy

Federal moves unlikely to ‘make coal great again,’ experts say at Ohio panel

CLEVELAND — “The Trump administration’s shifts in energy and environmental policy likely won’t change the downward trajectory of America’s coal sector, industry experts reported at a panel in Cleveland this week. The program at Case Western Reserve University delved into reasons why the United States’ coal industry has declined and […]

With the possibility of Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station closing next year, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Co.'s president and chief nuclear officer Sam Belcher talks about the options to close a nuclear power plant: decommissioning or safe store (Credit: Molly Corfman/The News-Messenger).
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Efforts ramp up to save or sell Davis-Besse

OAK HARBOR — “There’s still a chance that FirstEnergy could find a willing buyer or legislative remedy for its Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, which could close next year. Before the company finishes its review in 2018 and makes a decision on the Davis-Besse site, FirstEnergy is also waiting to hear soon […]

Installing a solar panel on the roof of a house in Lewisburg, W.Va. Credit George Etheredge for The New York Times
Coal / Energy / Renewable Energy

What’s up in Coal Country: Alternative-energy jobs

Miners may have just the skills for scaling wind towers and putting solar panels on roofs. And that’s no small thing in Wyoming and West Virginia NEW YORK, NY — “From the mountain hollows of Appalachia to the vast open plains of Wyoming, the coal industry long offered the promise […]

Fixing Ohio’s overly strict wind setback law: editorial
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Fixing Ohio’s overly strict wind setback law: editorial

CLEVELAND — “Ohio wrongly straitjackets wind energy development — reducing jobs and investment — because of an ill-considered and overly restrictive setback requirement slipped into Ohio law a few years back. Fortunately, lawmakers have a chance to fix that. A Republican state legislator from Northwest Ohio, Sen. Cliff Hite of Findlay, has […]