Coal

In this Feb. 5, 2014 photo, coal ash swirls on the surface of the Dan River as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the river in Danville, Va. GERRY BROOME — AP
Coal / Coal Ash

EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. Environmentalists had pushed for the hazardous classification, citing the hundreds of cases nationwide in which coal ash waste […]

After years of delays, the EPA is moving to regulate coal ash, the leftover waste from coal furnaces that produce electricity.
Coal / Coal Ash

Dam breaks, tainted wells prompt new look at coal-ash dumps that escaped EPA review

CHESTER, WV — “When work began on a strange new reservoir in the hills outside this Ohio River town, local officials promoted the project as offering something for everyone: an aquatic playground for boaters and sunbathers, and for the local power plant, a dump. “Eventually, you may swim and fish […]

Energy regulators heard from representatives of Ohio power companies, businesses and environmental groups during a packed hearing over AEP's request for public support of its coal-burning power plants.
AEP / Coal

Should AEP be guaranteed profits for coal-burning plants? Company makes its case to PUCO

COLUMBUS — “AEP Ohio wants the PUCO to guarantee profits for the utility’s share of a southeastern coal-fired power plant. The plant is old and does not compete well in Ohio’s deregulated market. All power customers in AEP Ohio’s service area would cover the costs instead of AEP’s investors, so […]

Protesters gather for AEP electric rate hike
AEP / Coal / Energy

Protesters gather for AEP electric rate hike

NBC4: Columbus, Ohio News, Weather, and Sports (WCMH-TV) COLUMBUS — “AEP of Ohio is asking the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for $117 million for a Power Plant Agreement. In essence they own several aging coal-fired power plants that they said are not cost-competitive. Two mentioned are the Kyger Creek […]

Ohio Citizen Action attended the PUCO hearing in Columbus yesterday. From left to right: Sarah Flood, Sammi Tuckerman, Kate Aylward, --, Noah Yasi, Jamie Petroff, Jessica Smith-Szabo, Jessica Kramer, and ---. Kneeling: Amanda Wager, Becca Leslein, and --.
AEP / Coal / Energy

‘Bailout’ or safeguard? Income guarantee for AEP power plant debated

COLUMBUS — “After thousands of pages of testimony and hours of hearings, yesterday provided one more day to debate a hotly contested proposal by American Electric Power. …Although the case focuses on one site, Kyger Creek Plant in southeastern Ohio, the decision will affect several other companies that are seeking […]

AEP exec: PUCO testimony to focus on legality and public policy
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP exec: PUCO testimony to focus on legality and public policy

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. has spent a year trying to convince Ohio regulators to approve guaranteeing profits for its share of a coal-fired power plant. That apparently wasn’t enough for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, and AEP attorneys on Wednesday will get a rare (and short) […]

This chart from the redacted version of testimony submitted on behalf of the Sierra Club projects that customers would incur a cumulative loss (green line) for at least 10 years under Duke Energy’s proposed power purchase agreement plan.
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

While seeking ‘bailout,’ Ohio utilities keep cost data secret

COLUMBUS — “As Ohio utilities seek to require the public to help pay for aging power plants, they are also fighting to keep data that could be used to evaluate those plans under wraps. FirstEnergy, Duke Energy and American Electric Power have asked the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) […]

Lenny Kohm worked at Appalachian Voices for nearly 13 years, during which time his wisdom and deep understanding of what moves people to take action became woven into the fabric of the organization.
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

The Book of Lenny

BOONE, NC — “Lenny had little patience for tactics that were not part of a plausible path to victory. “Never let your tactic become your goal,” he often warned. And while he had nothing against conferences or demonstrations, anyone who suggested holding one with Lenny present had to be prepared […]

The spill at Dan River
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

The spill at Dan River

Lesley Stahl reports on how Duke Energy is handling over 100 million tons of coal ash waste in North Carolina CHARLOTTE, NC — “Every year coal-burning power plants generate not only electricity, but a staggering amount of leftover coal ash that contains heavy metals unhealthy to humans. Yet due in […]

AEP lobbies for Ohio to guarantee coal plant income
AEP / Coal

AEP lobbies for Ohio to guarantee coal plant income

COLUMBUS — “It’s a contentious battle between environmental proponents who want to see coal-fired generation shuttered, and utilities in the state who believe the generation is essential to affordably powering Ohio businesses. AEP is not alone in proposing these types of arrangements, and Ohio Citizen Action said on its website […]