Energy

Wasted Energy: the pitfalls of the EIA’s policy-neutral approach
Coal / Energy

Wasted Energy: the pitfalls of the EIA’s policy-neutral approach

WASHINGTON, DC — “Indeed, those invested in maintaining the status quo – coal companies, oil companies and the lawmakers they support – could wish for nothing better: America’s authority on the future of energy says fossil fuels are here to stay in a big way. And in effect, the EIA’s […]

How a ‘Clean Coal’ myth squandered hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars before it was finally unmasked
Energy

How a ‘Clean Coal’ myth squandered hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars before it was finally unmasked

CLEVELAND — “When the Obama administration—like the Bush administration before it—announced it was cutting off  FutureGen funding, it said it was doing so ‘in order to best protect taxpayer interest.’ What was left largely unsaid was that the private side of the original private-public partnership had never really stepped up. Illinois […]

Debunking FirstEnergy’s bailout arguments
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Debunking FirstEnergy’s bailout arguments

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy, the giant Ohio-based company that owns power plants and transmission lines in several midwestern and northeastern states, is running out of arguments for its proposed bailout. The Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO), which is currently considering the proposal by FirstEnergy for substantial, customer-funded subsidies to bail […]

The Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center is among Ohio schools seeing significant cost savings from energy efficiency. (Image via E2 / YouTube capture)
Energy

Ohio energy-efficiency slowdown could have broad impacts

COLUMBUS — “Schools, cities and businesses could lose out if Ohio further rolls back state policies that have spurred job growth in the state’s clean energy sector, industry leaders say. Approximately 89,000 Ohioans work in jobs involving clean energy, and the sector still has plenty of room to grow, Environmental […]

Construction employees at the NiSource gas processing plant working next to the methodizer September, 2013.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Oil and gas industry fighting back on possible tax increase

COLUMBUS — “As oil and gas is taken from the ground across eastern Ohio, state leaders have spent the last three-and-a-half years kicking around proposals to increase Ohio’s 20 cents per barrel severance tax – a rate that Gov. John Kasich calls ‘unconscionable.’ In his initial budget, Kasich proposed a […]

The Mountaineer Wind Energy Center is shown on Backbone Mountain near Thomas, W.Va., Wednesday, July 9, 2003. The windmill farm has 44 turbines atop 228-foot-tall towers, producing enough energy to power 22,000 homes. (Associated Press, File)
Clean Power Plan / Energy

Ohio must reverse course to continue its clean energy progress

CLEVELAND — “When it comes to Ohio energy policy, we’ve seen some steps in the wrong direction this past year. Last May, the Ohio state legislature passed and then Gov. Kasich signed into law an ill-advised bill, Senate Bill 310, to freeze the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for […]

Standing from left to right: Bryan Sonnega, Casey Worth, Christina Calderon, Dan Kerschner, Cory Stewart, Mike Blood, and JC Satt. Front row: Jordan Opst, Jacob VanWagoner, Annie Kreutzber, and Noah Yasi.
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Citizen Action

6,677 letters to stop the utility bailouts in Ohio

Cincinnati Canvass Cleveland Canvass CINCINNATI and CLEVELAND — As of May16, 6,677 Ohio Citizen Action members have sent handwritten letters urging the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and Governor John Kasich to stop the financial bailout of Ohio’s outdated, least efficient coal plants. FirstEnergy, American Electric Power and Duke Energy […]

The organization Environmental Entrepreneurs claims that Ohio Senate Bill 310 has put the clean-energy sector in a tailspin and is jeopardizing the jobs of 89,000 Ohioans.
Energy

Clean-energy sector hurt by Ohio S.B. 310

Group says freeze on standards set state back TOLEDO — “Since last June, when Ohio lawmakers froze the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards, the state’s clean-energy sector has suffered an economic setback and will stay in jeopardy unless the freeze is lifted, an organization of business leaders, investors, […]

Income-guarantee request envelops Davis-Besse nuclear plant in controversy again
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Income-guarantee request envelops Davis-Besse nuclear plant in controversy again

COLUMBUS — “As FirstEnergy prepares for what will be a bruising hearing, company officials are saying Davis-Besse’s electricity is a type of ‘green’ power, with almost zero harmful emissions, and warning that the plant may close without the stability of an income guarantee. ‘Davis-Besse produces enough carbon-free electricity to energize […]

Why EPA’s alleged ‘war on coal’ may actually be a war on wasting energy
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Why EPA’s alleged ‘war on coal’ may actually be a war on wasting energy

WASHINGTON, DC — “The growing criticisms of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions have a common theme — the agency and the president, it is often alleged, are waging a “war on coal.” And indeed, if the so-called “Clean Power Plan” is successfully implemented by the […]