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Solar group, AEP at odds over costs of connecting to grid
AEP / Energy

Solar group, AEP at odds over costs of connecting to grid

Alliance for Solar Choice launches campaign against utility’s stance COLUMBUS — “An advocate for rooftop solar power is taking shots at American Electric Power. The Alliance for Solar Choice is behind a website, www.unamericanelectricpower.com, and a billboard truck that was in Columbus on Tuesday to promote the site. The group […]

AEP CEO Nick Akins
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP CEO on PUCO: ‘Turnover is a challenge’ but new leader knows issues

COLUMBUS — “AEP and the state’s other electric utilities are in the midst of major state-level decisions as they face issues stemming from operating in Ohio’s deregulated marketplace. The PUCO, the state agency that oversees Ohio’s power industry, has experienced sizable churn at the top in the last few years. […]

American Electric Power’s Cardinal plant.
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP leaning toward selling Ohio power plants

Utility concerned about financial viability of unregulated plants COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power appears increasingly likely to sell its Ohio power plants, citing a regulatory structure that the company’s chief executive says is not conducive to investment. …Columbus-based AEP has asked the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to provide a […]

The devastating coal ash spill at Kingston, TN, in December 2008. One billion gallons of toxic coal ash spilled from the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant, covering 300 acres.
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

First-ever coal ash rule published: Safeguards begin this fall

Victory: EPA safeguard brings relief, but communities concerned about House efforts to stop these overdue protections WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published its final coal ash rule that sets an effective date for public health safeguards as early as October 17, 2015. The long-awaited federal […]

FirstEnergy's Lake Shore power plant, built in 1911, is closing. The coal-fired plant has been the target of neighborhood groups and environmentalists for at least a decade. The company decided to close the old plant rather than upgrade it to meet new air standards reducing mercury and other toxic metal emissions.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy closes 104-year-old coal power plant, electric rates to rise

CLEVELAND— “Power prices will increase, but not because the plants closed Wednesday. It’s complicated. Rates will rise because of the date when FirstEnergy first announced it would close them, back in January 2012. That was just weeks after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would put new air standards in […]

Citizens rally to support clean air
Coal / Energy

Citizens rally to support clean air

CINCINNATI —  Cincinnati area residents in support of clean air and carbon pollution reduction took their message to Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati today.  Members of the Sierra Club and Ohio Citizen Action were on the square promoting the benefits of clean air to locals residents, and urging people to […]

FirstEnergy to close 3 northeast Ohio coal-burning plants
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy to close 3 northeast Ohio coal-burning plants

AKRON — “FirstEnergy will close three coal-burning power plants on Wednesday as part of a company plan to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations on emissions of mercury and other air pollutants. The Akron-based corporation announced in January 2012 that it would close six coal-burning plants, including facilities […]

William M. Bowen is professor of public administration and urban studies at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Denying FirstEnergy’s power purchase agreement would leave Ohio’s regulators three-for-three

CLEVELAND — “The importance and value of distributed generation, renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency has, for a variety of reasons, now become more crucial than ever. Thus, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act requires something on the order of a […]

Duke decision on Ohio ‘bailout’ proposal mirrors AEP ruling
Coal / Duke Energy / Energy

Duke decision on Ohio ‘bailout’ proposal mirrors AEP ruling

COLUMBUS — “Ohio regulators have rejected the second of three utilities’ “bailout” proposals, presenting further hurdles for FirstEnergy in an upcoming hearing for its case…. ‘Price stabilization’ vs. ‘bailouts’ In general, Ohio law grants a monopoly to electric distribution utilities, but lets customers choose their electric generation suppliers. If approved, […]

The high-voltage lines outside NRG Energy's Avon Lake power plant will continue to be needed after NRG converts the plant's coal-fired boilers to gas rather than closing them.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Gas-fired power plants sprouting in Ohio to replace old coal-burners

CLEVELAND — “At least six gas-fired power plants are being built or on the drawing boards in Ohio. All are being built by independent power companies. They hope to capitalize on Ohio’s plentiful and cheap shale gas, on the decision by companies like FirstEnergy to close old coal-burning power plants rather […]