Energy

Regency, American Energy join on $500M pipeline
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Regency, American Energy join on $500M pipeline

DALLAS, TX — “Regency Energy Partners announced Thursday that it has secured a joint venture agreement with American Energy–Midstream LLC for the construction and operation of Regency’s $500 million Utica Ohio River project. Regency and American Energy Utica LLC, a subsidiary of former Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon’s American Energy Partners, […]

Class-action suit filed over costly electricity plant partly owned by AMP
AMP / Energy / Prairie State Coal Plant

Class-action suit filed over costly electricity plant partly owned by AMP

BATAVIA, ILL — “The lawsuit, filed yesterday in Illinois, seeks what is likely more than $100 million in damages because electricity from Prairie State Energy Campus is more expensive than was disclosed when government-owned electric utilities invested in the plant. They are suing the Indiana Municipal Power Agency and related consultants, […]

NEW RICHMOND, Ohio -- A containment boom is deployed on the Ohio River to deal with a fuel oil spill. (Photo by Dwayne Slavey)
Coal / Duke Energy / Energy

Diesel spill at Duke Energy plant leaks thousands of gallons of fuel oil into Ohio River

NEW RICHMOND — “Thousands of gallons of diesel fuel spilled out onto the Ohio River after an incident at a power plant early Tuesday. The Coast Guard said it estimated about 8,000 gallons of fuel spilled out from Duke Energy’s W.C. Beckjord power station outside of Cincinnati. …Officials said the three […]

The power of collective energy purchasing
Energy

The power of collective energy purchasing

OAK PARK, IL — “Early aggregations in Illinois were able to take advantage of a unique situation to obtain much lower energy prices, but that situation has changed. They’ll need strategies beyond price to keep aggregation a ‘value add’ for their residents. Cities can take up and invest in energy […]

FirstEnergy Corp.'s unregulated subsidiary, FirstEnergy Solutions, is retreating from retail sales and returning to generating and selling power wholesale into the regional grid. FES won't be missed, say its competitors, who saw its low fixed-price contracts as unsustainable.
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy’s free-wheeling retail company offered fixed rates that ruined the market, frustrated competitors

AKRON — “About 70 FirstEnergy Solutions sales and sales-support positions will be cut next week, leaving the company’s commercial and industrial customers scratching their heads, and competitors scrambling to grab new customers as their contracts with the Akron-based company run out. Competitors — about 30 of them in Ohio alone — […]

Ohio SB 310 post mortem: It’s worse than you thought
Energy

Ohio SB 310 post mortem: It’s worse than you thought

COLUMBUS — “Despite an amazing amount of opposition to the bill from a diverse group of interests (business, environmental, consumer advocates, faith groups, local government, and the general public), the Ohio legislature passed SB 310,and Governor Kasich signed the bill on Friday, the 13 th of June. A very inauspicious […]

Dan Bakal is director of electric power at Ceres, a nonprofit group.
Clean Power Plan / Energy

In anticipating EPA plan, states can follow examples of neighbors

BILLINGS, MT — “While some continue to claim that renewable energy is too expensive, a recent National Renewable Energy Laboratory report estimates that such projects have added only about 1 percent to electricity costs across the country. That’s well below the cost-containment caps that most state legislatures have adopted. Meanwhile, […]

Write the US EPA: Reduce carbon emissions from Ohio coal plants
AEP / Clean Power Plan / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

Write the US EPA: Reduce carbon emissions from Ohio coal plants

Ohio is at a crossroads about the future of energy use in our state. As ratepayers we need to speak out now. First Energy, American Electric Power and Duke Energy have submitted plans to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) for financial bailouts of some of their most outdated […]

A proposal by FirstEnergy would essentially guarantee a buyer for power from its Sammis power plant near Stratton, Ohio, and other facililties. (Photo by Chris Dilts via Creative Commons)
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy touts benefits of plan critics decry as ‘bailout’

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy says a proposed deal between its regulated Ohio utilities and their unregulated generation affiliate would create a windfall for ratepayers. However, the utility has been opaque about releasing information that could shed light on this claim. …Either way, FirstEnergy’s plan presumably builds anticipated costs into the contract […]

Scientists are getting to the bottom of what's in fracking fluids — with some troubling results. Credit: Doug Duncan/U.S. Geological Survey
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

A new look at what’s in ‘fracking’ fluids raises red flags

BERKELEY, CA — “William Stringfellow, Ph.D., says he conducted the review of fracking contents to help resolve the public debate over the controversial drilling practice. Fracking involves injecting water with a mix of chemical additives into rock formations deep underground to promote the release of oil and gas. It has […]