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National policies carried out by Poland's Ministry of Energy could limit Warsaw's sustainability goals. photo:Kathiann M. Kowalski / Midwest Energy News
Coal / Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

In Poland, an Ohioan finds a parallel world on climate policy

WARSAW, POLAND — “Despite an ongoing freeze on state policies to boost clean energy in Ohio, efforts to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy are underway in Cleveland and the rest of Cuyahoga County. Poland’s capital city of Warsaw is making similar efforts, despite the national government’s overall commitment to […]

The Sammis Power plant looms over homes in Stratton, Ohio. Photo Credit: Sierra Club / Colin Scianamblo
FirstEnergy

Ohio lawmakers, concerned about jobs, support FirstEnergy plan

STRATTON — “Two Democratic lawmakers concerned about job losses in their southeast Ohio districts have spoken out in support of a FirstEnergy plan that critics say is an unlawful ‘bailout.’ In letters filed with Ohio regulators this week, state senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) and representative Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) stressed the […]

The Byron nuclear plant in Illinois. 
Photo by
Michael Kappel / Creative Commons
Energy / FirstEnergy

What’s the future of nuclear in the Midwest? A state-by-state look

ST PAUL, MN — “Nuclear power was born in the Midwest, and helped fuel the region’s once-vibrant manufacturing sector for decades. But the Midwest’s cheap power prices and, in some states, deregulated markets make it hard for nuclear to compete with cheaper natural gas and renewables… Ohio FirstEnergy Corp.’s generation […]

How producing clean power turned out to be a messy business
Clean Power Plan / Energy

How producing clean power turned out to be a messy business

NEW YORK, NY — “Far from emerging as an industry pioneer, NRG has become a cautionary tale. A power-hungry nation needs to change the way it is fueled, but as NRG shows, transitioning to clean power is messy business. ‘The power producers and utilities are the canaries in the coal […]

Report: States stand to gain if corporations have better access to renewables
Energy

Report: States stand to gain if corporations have better access to renewables

WASHINGTON, DC— “Four Midwest states rank among the top in the nation for making it easier for corporations to gain better access to wind and solar, according to a report released Tuesday by Advanced Energy Economy. The report lists the top 11 states that are “above average” when it comes […]

What if all U.S. coal workers were retrained to work in Solar?
Energy

What if all U.S. coal workers were retrained to work in Solar?

BOSTON, MA — “The global economy is in a massive transition from a fossil-fuel-based energy system to one using sophisticated renewable energy technologies. For tens of thousands of fossil fuel workers, though, the energy industry outlook is not promising. For coal industry workers, the future looks particularly bleak. However, research […]

Pleasants Power Station is located in 
Willow Island, West Virginia, along 
the Ohio River.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy loses $1.1B, may sell Pleasants plant to MonPower

CHARLESTON, WV— “After announcing a quarterly loss of $1.1 billion because of the future closures of two uncompetitive coal-fired power plants in Ohio, FirstEnergy says it will seek to “de-risk” by pushing plants onto electricity customers in states like West Virginia. Charles Jones, CEO of FirstEnergy, the parent company of […]

Regulators largely deny utility requests for fixed charge increases
Energy

Regulators largely deny utility requests for fixed charge increases

A policy report finds that while utilities are increasingly asking to increase fixed charges, that in more than half of recent cases these requests were denied RALEIGH, NC — “Utilities have used a variety of tactics to change the economics of customer-sited rooftop PV away from retail-rate net metering, and […]

EIA: North American renewables, nuclear to reach 45% by 2025
Clean Power Plan / Energy

EIA: North American renewables, nuclear to reach 45% by 2025

WASHINGTON, DC — “A trilateral agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico sets the stage for a rise in carbon-free generation, though the EIA noted it does not include energy efficiency baselines that could have made it more effective. The three countries’ goal includes nuclear, renewables and energy efficiency as eligible sources of […]

FirstEnergy recently announced the closure of four units at the W.H. Sammis power plant.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

As FirstEnergy announces closures, ‘bailout’ request keeps growing

COLUMBUS — “Despite announcing the closure of four units at an Ohio coal plant it initially sought to protect, the amount of money FirstEnergy could recover from customers in new charges has now ballooned to more than $8 billion, according to a recent filing. FirstEnergy still wants a non-bypassable charge […]