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Consumer groups maintain rate increase cases and power purchase agreements filed by the utilities are muddying the waters of Ohio's energy market.
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Lower Ohio electric rates based on federal tax cut won’t be easy or quick

CLEVELAND — “Don’t plan on lower electric bills anytime soon reflecting the fat tax cut Ohio’s electric utilities are already enjoying. FirstEnergy, American Electric Power, Duke Energy and Dayton Power & Light have made it clear to the PUCO that passing on their windfall tax break from 35 percent to […]

Coal’s ‘aging out’ problem: Most US customers operating older power plants
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Coal’s ‘aging out’ problem: Most US customers operating older power plants

NEW YORK, NY — “U.S. coal production paused a yearslong, sharp decline through most of 2017, but the sector still faces the challenges of a rapidly aging customer base. Nearly 70% of the coal delivered in the 12-month period that ended Oct. 31, 2017, went to coal-fired power plants that […]

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PJM changes would help subsidized coal, nuclear compete on market

COLUMBUS — “Illinois already has one subsidy plan in place that could benefit from the new PJM proposal. The state’s plan subsidizes nuclear power and is currently being challenged at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. ‘Subsidies are contagious,’ Bowring said. ‘If one subsidy program is permitted to undermine the PJM capacity […]

Coal’s decline seems impervious to Trump’s promises
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Coal’s decline seems impervious to Trump’s promises

BOBTOWN, PA — “When Nic Zmija applied for a job at the 4 West coal mine three years ago, he was tantalized by a fat raise and a secure future. Once hired, he was told that someday even his two young sons had jobs waiting for them. ‘It all sounded […]

Want healthier babies? Shut down coal plants
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Want healthier babies? Shut down coal plants

Two studies in the past month show significantly fewer health risks for babies after nearby coal plants close NEW YORK, NY — “Babies born near an active coal plant in China had shorter telomeres—sections of DNA that act as caps on the ends of chromosomes—than babies born after the plant […]

Cheap renewables keep pushing fossil fuels further away from profitability – despite Trump’s efforts
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Cheap renewables keep pushing fossil fuels further away from profitability – despite Trump’s efforts

NEW YORK, NY — “Rapid cost declines made renewable energy the United States’ cheapest available source of new electricity, without subsidies, in 2017. In many parts of the U.S., building new wind is cheaper than running existing coal, while nuclear and natural gas aren’t far behind. As renewable energy costs continue their relentless decline, they […]

Ohio Majority Leader Bill Seitz: A “Free Market” politician picking energy winners and losers
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Ohio Majority Leader Bill Seitz: A “Free Market” politician picking energy winners and losers

Powerful legislator leads attack on wind industry while pushing taxpayer subsidies for coal plants COLUMBUS — “On at least 15 occasions, according to our review, powerful Ohio House Majority Leader Bill Seitz has said he believes in free markets, proclaimed himself a ‘capitalist’ or declared his opposition to energy mandates. As […]

Miner Change: Trump’s big talk on coal brings small change in first year
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Miner Change: Trump’s big talk on coal brings small change in first year

LOUISVILLE, KY — “…West Virginia added more than a thousand coal jobs. But jobs were lost in Kentucky and Ohio. Overall the three states saw coal add just 745 employees in 2017. Industry analysts say the increase is largely due to temporary conditions in the global market. Marsters focuses on […]

Coal’s best bet for a bailout may now come from Rust Belt
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Coal’s best bet for a bailout may now come from Rust Belt

WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. coal industry’s best hope for a bailout may lie in the Rust Belt now that Washington’s plan has fizzled. The largest U.S. power grid — covering Pennsylvania, Ohio and other states — has been considering an initiative that may keep struggling coal plants afloat. The idea, […]

How a Coal Baron’s wish list became President Trump’s to-do list
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How a Coal Baron’s wish list became President Trump’s to-do list

WASHINGTON, DC — “President Trump’s first year in office has been a boon for the coal industry, with the Trump administration rolling back regulations on coal-fired power plants and withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate change agreement. Environmentalists have expressed alarm at the new direction, and have complained […]