Energy

Minnesota leads Midwest on efficiency; Indiana, Ohio falter
Energy

Minnesota leads Midwest on efficiency; Indiana, Ohio falter

ST PAUL, MN — “The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACCEE) lauded Wisconsin for being among the top four states for improving its energy efficiency environment. The rest of the region had a much more mixed scorecard, with both Ohio (25) and Indiana (40) falling substantially in the […]

An artist's drawing of the European Space Agency's Envisat. The satellite's sophisticated sensors measured the massive methane leaks from shale oil and gas production. Photo courtesy of the European Space Agency.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Researchers find record leaks of methane from oil shale boom areas

BREMEN, GERMANY — “Oil and gas basins in North Dakota and East Texas leaked around 10 percent of natural gas they produced to the atmosphere between 2006 and 2011. Natural gas is composed primarily of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that exacerbates climate change. The leakage rate in the study is […]

US wind industry booming, already surpassing 2013 levels
Clean Power Plan / Energy

US wind industry booming, already surpassing 2013 levels

WASHINGTON, DC — “The US wind industry is booming, installing more in the first 9 months of 2014 than was installed throughout all of 2013. The figures come from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which predicts 2014 will finish strong and push through to stepped-up installations throughout 2015. ‘The American wind industry […]

AEP says its coal-fired power plants are at risk for closure unless they can guarantee some income.
AEP / Coal / Energy

Businesses call AEP’s price-guarantee request ‘unfair’ and ‘harmful to competitive markets’

COLUMBUS — “A group of 12 big Ohio electricity users says American Electric Power Company Inc.’s proposed coal-plant price guarantee is “unfair to shopping customers and harmful to competitive markets.” Lowe’s Home Improvement (NYSE: LOW), Staples Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) and Macy’s Inc. (NYSE:M) are among the companies who signed the […]

Another blow to the solar industry as PUCO nixes in-state sourcing rule
Energy

Another blow to the solar industry as PUCO nixes in-state sourcing rule

COLUMBUS — “It’s official: Ohio power companies no longer have to get half of their renewable energy from in-state providers. A law signed in July made clear the state’s requirement that a 2008 law mandating alternative energy make up 25 percent of a utility’s power source by 2025 be frozen […]

The Gen. James M. Gavin Power Plant in Cheshire, Ohio (Richard Martin)
AEP / Coal / Energy

For $20 million, a coal utility bought an Ohio town and a clear conscience

CHESHIRE — “The plants, though, are still there, consuming about 35,000 tons of coal every day. A gray mountain of coal ash looms above what’s left of the town. AEP, though, may not have entirely escaped liability for the environmental effects of the plants: In early September a new lawsuit […]

The Gavin Power Plant near Cheshire, Ohio. (Photo by Jeff Lovett via Creative Commons)
AEP / Coal / Energy

Ohio pollution complaint unrelated to coal ‘bailout’ plan

CHESHIRE — “American Electric Power (AEP) is on notice that it may be sued for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act by its Gavin Power Plant in Cheshire, Ohio. Last week, the Sierra Club sent a 60-day notice of intent to sue, which claims that excess emissions of sulfur dioxide created a ‘public nuisance‘ in […]

AEP and the Sierra Club are battling over the company's coal plants.
AEP / Coal / Energy

No quiet period for AEP Ohio in PR game

COLUMBUS — “The latest proposal from AEP Ohio is perhaps its most complicated: It wants Ohio customers to shoulder the risk for four of its coal-fired power plants to ensure their long-term viability. It’s a complicated proposal, spurred by the impact of federal environmental regulations, the rising prominence of U.S. shale gas and […]

FirstEnergy’s stock prices have slipped, compared to other energy and industrial companies. Courtesy IEEFA.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Report: FirstEnergy’s coal focus ‘not a winning strategy’

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy’s effort to get Ohio consumers to subsidize noncompetitive power plants is short-sighted and won’t guarantee long-term financial health, according to a new report. That’s because FirstEnergy continues to center its business around coal, instead of adapting to competition, changing markets and newer technologies, says the report, released last week […]

Study links hundreds of Ohio quakes to fracking
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Study links hundreds of Ohio quakes to fracking

COLUMBUS — “A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique. Rowena Lohman, an assistant professor of geophysics at Cornell University who was not involved in the study, said […]