Energy

Kasich rejects property-tax break for power plants
AEP / Coal / Energy

Kasich rejects property-tax break for power plants

COLUMBUS — “Gov. John Kasich has used his line-item veto to reject a property-tax break for owners of power plants. The change in tax law had been sought by American Electric Power and was inserted into the larger budget bill passed by Ohio House and Senate leaders. It was opposed […]

Study: Energy efficiency saved US $800 billion last year
Energy

Study: Energy efficiency saved US $800 billion last year

WASHINGTON, DC — “Energy efficiency is saving the United States hundreds of billions of dollars each year, finds a new analysis of the nation’s energy consumption as it relates to economic activity. According to ACEEE, it amounted to $800 billion in 2014, or about $2,500 per capita. Among the advances in […]

Victory! Governor Kasich line-item vetoes the Tangible Personal Property Tax giveaway to utilities
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy / Victory

Victory! Governor Kasich line-item vetoes the Tangible Personal Property Tax giveaway to utilities

COLUMBUS — With just hours to go before the deadline last night, Governor John Kasich signed the 2016-2017 budget into law, minus the last-minute amendment that would have transferred a key utility property tax on to consumers. Ohio Citizen Action members and friends were heard. More than 500 phone calls […]

In this May 22, 2014, file photo, Wesley Simon-Parsons, civil and environmental supervisor at Dominion Terminal Associates, stands near piles of coal at the company's coal terminal in Newport News, Va. Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday, July 29, to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough. The agency is holding hearings this week in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington on President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, with 2005 levels as the starting point. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Coal / Energy

A great day for coal? Not exactly.

Why the Supreme Court’s strange EPA decision won’t matter as much as people think WASHINGTON, DC — “It won’t get as much attention as today’s perplexing Supreme Court decision blocking mercury limits for coal-fired power plants, but the government quietly revealed last Thursday that the U.S. electricity sector has reached a […]

Drillers to submit electronic records on fracking chemicals to Pa. DEP
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Drillers to submit electronic records on fracking chemicals to Pa. DEP

HARRISBURG, PA — “Pennsylvania will require shale gas companies to disclose electronically the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing in a new state-run database by next summer. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley said the department will end its partnership with FracFocus, an independent online catalog of fracking records, […]

Budget plan would shift Ohio power-plant tax to others
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Budget plan would shift Ohio power-plant tax to others

Property tax would now be owed by electricity deliverers, who would pass cost on to consumers COLUMBUS — “Here’s how it would work: The tax now paid by owners of power plants would be shifted to owners of electricity-delivery systems, including separate subsidiaries of AEP and other utilities. The plants […]

Newly confirmed DEP Secretary John Quigley wants to make the agency more transparent, with data easily accessible.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

DEP plans new fracking chemical disclosure site, promises more transparency

HARRISBURG, PA — “Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection is developing several tools to make information on natural gas drilling more accessible to the public. This includes a new fracking chemical disclosure site, a web portal for information on each natural gas well, and opportunities for the public to comment on […]

Ohio’s clean energy changes force Cincinnati company to look elsewhere
Energy

Ohio’s clean energy changes force Cincinnati company to look elsewhere

CINCINNATI —  “A change to the state of Ohio’s clean energy policy has left one Cincinnati firm reaching out to other areas to keep its business running. Steve Melink, president of Melink Corp., said the state legislature’s decision to remove renewable energy requirements for companies has left the four business […]

A memorial to the fallen miners in Whitesville, W.Va.
Stephen Crowley / The New York Times
Coal / Energy

The People v. the Coal Baron

NEW YORK, NY —  “Mr. Blankenship’s quasi-dictatorial management style as chief executive produced spectacular results for Massey, transforming it from a relatively modest business dominated by a single family into a corporation that operated more than 150 mines and brought in more than $2.6 billion in revenue. And Massey’s success […]

The Sierra Club’s Jen Miller addresses about 100 people in Columbus at a June 15 rally organized by the Sierra Club’s Ohio Chapter and Ohio Citizen Action to protest FirstEnergy’s plan.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy “bailout” case: Are new additions “special deals?”

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy continues to fight against full disclosure of details in its bid to have Ohio ratepayers guarantee sales for three less profitable coal plants plus the Davis-Besse nuclear plant, even as it adds new rate proposals. FirstEnergy says the new provisions are separate from its proposed power purchase […]