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FirstEnergy will retire or sell 836 MW of fossil generation
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy will retire or sell 836 MW of fossil generation

COLUMBUS — “In nearly two years of debate at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, FirstEnergy and its utility colleagues told regulators that Sammis and other aging baseload would be essential in preserving reliability and preventing an over-reliance on natural gas. PUCO approved eight-year power purchase agreements last year for […]

Sandy Buchanan, executive director of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysisng,has worked on a variety of energy issues involving coal, nuclear, utilities, renewables, and energy efficiency since the 1980s. She served as executive director of Ohio Citizen Action for 20 years before joining IEEFA in 2013.
Energy / FirstEnergy

IEEFA Cleveland: The Lights Are on but the Bills Are Too Damn High

CLEVELAND — “On the private utility side, as IEEFA has documented in a series of reports, FirstEnergy has made a string of corporate decisions to keep rates high, even after Ohio deregulated electricity in 2000 in hopes of encouraging competition. FirstEnergy sought and received a $6.9 billion bailout, approved by […]

California’s biggest utilities break own record for solar power
Energy

California’s biggest utilities break own record for solar power

SAN LUIS OBISPO CO, CA— “California’s booming solar industry had a record day last week when the state’s largest utilities generated more power than ever from the sun. The state’s largest power grid, the California Independent System Operator, or ISO, on Tuesday managed enough solar energy to power 2 million […]

Consumer groups maintain rate increase cases and power purchase agreements filed by the utilities are muddying the waters of Ohio's energy market.
Coal / Energy

Groups: Serious talk needed about future of Ohio’s energy market

COLUMBUS – “Ohio’s energy market experienced some confusing changes in recent years, and some consumer groups contend electric customers deserve a more level playing field. Deregulation was approved in 1999, which allowed customers to purchase their power from a retailer of their choosing. Since then, the Public Utilities Commission of […]

Clean Power Plan / Energy

Nearly all U.S. coal plants now comply with the EPA Mercury Rule that was shot down by Supreme Court

Estimated Annual Number of Adverse Health Effects Avoided Due to Implementing the MATS Health Effect Cases Avoided Premature death 4,200-11,000 Chronic bronchitis 2,800 Heart attacks 4,700 Asthma attacks 130,000 Hospital and emergency room visits 5,700 Restricted activity days 3,200,000 WASHINGTON, DC — “About 1,400 coal and oil plants are affected […]

CERES report reveals which electric utilities recognize the clean energy future we need
Energy

CERES report reveals which electric utilities recognize the clean energy future we need

State policies matter a whole lot Both reports show a pretty direct correlation between the utilities that are doing the most for renewable energy deployment and planning and the states with the most ambitious clean energy policy goals. States like California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, and Oregon — all […]

Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio’s alternative-energy freeze undermines jobs, innovation and investment: Alan R. Frasz and Chuck Gile (Opinion)

CLEVELAND —”Whether buying or selling, businesses like ours need stable rules to invest with confidence. But Ohio’s uncertain energy policy over the last two years has undermined investment in advanced-energy industry companies and products in the state. That’s costing us all money. Since 2009, technological improvements in renewable energy have […]

Dick Munson is Environmental Defense Fund's Director, Midwest Clean Energy.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio regulators attempt to keep FirstEnergy afloat with new subsidy proposal

COLUMBUS —My head feels whipsawed by the wildly changing proposals to bail out FirstEnergy’s uneconomic and dirty power plants. The latest development in this ongoing saga occurred June 29, when the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO) staff recommended a new subsidy solution for the utility behemoth: $131 million per […]

The Village of Minster in northwest Ohio's Auglaize County is the home of the only large solar field tied to a huge lithium ion battery system used to stabilize the town's distribution system and the high-voltage grid. All photos courtesy of David Dwyer, American Renewable Energy @ Power.
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Solar power burning through rising utility bills, attracting “muny” systems, business and home owners

MINSTER — “David Dwyer, principal of Columbus-based American Renewable Energy & Power, which built the Minster solar system, credits Ohio lawmakers — who apparently still want to kill renewable energy and energy efficiency standards — with the village’s decision to add the lithium batteries. ‘Senate Bill 310 (passed in 2014) is […]

FirstEnergy’s Davis Besse Power Plant Source: Wikimedia
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

PUCO staff recommends $131M annual rider for FirstEnergy

Needed to maintain investment-grade credit rating, staff says; Critics object COLUMBUS — “The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio staff has proposed a new rider for FirstEnergy that would allow the recovery of $131 million annually from ratepayers for three to five years in order to maintain the company’s investment-grade credit […]