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Chuck Jones,  FirstEnergy CEO
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FirstEnergy CEO says it’s time to get conversation rolling about ending deregulation

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp.’s new chief executive officer thinks it’s time to have conversations about ending deregulation of the electric utility industry in Ohio, a move that some may argue is an about-face from the company’s stance in 2008. He also is making it a priority to ensure that the […]

Smoke is emitted from chimneys at the Waigaoqiao coal-fired power plant in Pudong, Shanghai. Photograph: Imaginechina/Corbis
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World Bank rejects energy industry notion that coal can cure poverty

Bank has stopped funding new coal projects except in ‘rare circumstances’ LONDON, ENGLAND — “The World Bank said coal was no cure for global poverty on Wednesday, rejecting a main industry argument for building new fossil fuel projects in developing countries. In a rebuff to coal, oil and gas companies, […]

Home solar panels going up across Ohio and the nation like this one are beginning to disturb electric utility executives who must absorb and pay for the extra power these systems generate. Utilities are fighting back, trying to limit how much power they must buy.
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Solar power sparks resistance from Ohio utiities

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy and Columbus-based American Electric Power have already taken the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to the Ohio Supreme Court over how much they must pay solar owners for excess power and how much excess power they are required to buy. The court instructed the commission to take […]

Coming soon: Final EPA ‘Clean Power Plan’
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Coming soon: Final EPA ‘Clean Power Plan’

WASHINGTON, DC — “All we really know for sure, though, is that EPA’s current regulatory agenda says that the final rule is due out in August, and that it’s still listed as being under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Here in West Virginia, of course, […]

he W.H. Sammis power plant's future operation could be more difficult under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rules on power plant carbon dioxide emissions.
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FirstEnergy wants Ohio to end deregulation, return to state-controlled rates

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp. wants Ohio to re-regulate the electric utility industry, hoping to end an era the company itself fought for just seven years ago, in which electricity rates were set by wholesale markets without interference from the state. …Jones said FirstEnergy’s future is at risk if it cannot […]

Since 2008, coal has dropped from nearly half the U.S. power market to about 37 percent. | AP Photo
Coal / Energy

Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states

WASHINGTON, DC — “A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants. At the same time, the court upheld the EPA’s right to impose the […]

New report reveals corporate-funded Hydra head blocking U.S. renewable energy
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New report reveals corporate-funded Hydra head blocking U.S. renewable energy

WASHINGTON, DC — “The report has citation after citation raising dire questions about the state, and often lack thereof, of U.S. democracy. But just as important is the premise it presents. In a nutshell, it’s not just about money in politics and lobbying alone. It’s that these industry-funded front groups play a central […]

Coal is losing the war
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Coal is losing the war

Yes, there’s a war on coal, but the industry’s list of enemies goes way beyond the government PITTSBURGH, PA — “There is, indeed, a war on coal going on. But while politicians and industry lobbyists tend to identify the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama administration as coal’s chief antagonists, […]

FirstEnergy‘s Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
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Nuclear plants plagued by leaking pipes

Activists claim leaking pipes allow radioactive material into water CARROLL TOWNSHIP/OAK HARBOR — “Davis-Besse is one of only a dozen confirmed spent fuel pool leaks in the United States, said Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear. ‘Not the short list you want to see your local nuclear power plant on,’ Kamps […]

Reports: Clean Power Plan will take bite out of bills
Clean Power Plan / Energy

Reports: Clean Power Plan will take bite out of bills

COLUMBUS – “The Clean Power Plan is expected to be finalized soon, and two new reports refute opponents’ claims that the plan will increase electric bills for Ohioans. Synapse Energy Economics developed a scenario that includes investments in renewables and energy efficiency, and found nationally the average household participating in […]