Coal

The coal truth: how a major energy source lost its power in Britain
Coal

The coal truth: how a major energy source lost its power in Britain

Coal supplied just 2% of power in the first half of 2017, marking a steep decline from just five years ago, according to analysis by Imperial College LONDON, ENGLAND — “This week, it emerged that ministers are disbanding a government and industry body created to secure the long-term future of […]

China is crushing the U.S. in renewable energy
Coal / Energy

China is crushing the U.S. in renewable energy

China may be the planet’s biggest polluter but it’s also powering ahead of other countries on renewable energy HONG KONG — “As the Trump administration yanks the U.S. out of the Paris climate change agreement, claiming it will hurt the American economy, Beijing is investing hundreds of billions of dollars […]

Rock ‘n Roll Against Dirty Coal: Live Band Karaoke Challenge
Coal / Energy / Ohio Citizen Action

Rock ‘n Roll Against Dirty Coal: Live Band Karaoke Challenge

CINCINNATI — Live the rock star dream in this live band karaoke contest fundraiser. Proceeds benefit Ohio Citizen Action’s campaign to break Ohio’s dependence upon inefficient, dirty coal plants and to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy use. Sign up to be a Core Contestant by contacting Melissa English or […]

Huntley Alliance members Rebecca Newberry (top left), Richard Lipsitz (top right), Peter Stuhlmiller (bottom left), Diana Strablow (bottom right)   photo: Elizabeth McGowan
Coal / Energy

A working-class Buffalo suburb retired a coal plant the right way

TONAWANDA, NY — “In just five years, between 2008 and 2012, Huntley’s pre-tax earnings tumbled by $113 million as it operated far below capacity, translating into a combined revenue hit of at least $6.2 million to the town, county, and local school district. That precipitous decline came when state education […]

"Gavel," a sculpture by Andrew F. Scott, outside the Supreme Court of Ohio (Credit: Sam Howzit / Creative Commons).
Duke Energy

Ohio decision could put more ratepayers on the hook for old cleanup costs

COLUMBUS — “Critics say an Ohio court decision last week underscores the urgency of a pending bill to address unfairness under current law, while opening the door to more efforts by utilities to shift the economic burdens for past pollution to today’s customers. Under the Supreme Court of Ohio’s June […]

The Kemper County power plant (Credit: Mississippi Power).
Coal

Mississippi utility will stop efforts to complete coal plant

JACKSON, MS — “One of the nation’s largest utilities, faced with an ultimatum from Mississippi regulators, said Wednesday that it will suspend efforts to complete a first-of-its-kind coal-fueled power plant. The move is a blow in efforts to develop coal plants that emit less carbon dioxide, which could be key […]

Rob Rice (left), chief of the West Virginia Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation, and planner Jonathan Knight check on the smoldering underground fire at a long-abandoned coal mine in Preston County earlier this year. Legislation to speed-up the funding of abandoned coal-mine cleanups and to focus some of that spending on projects that help the economy in ailing coalfield communities moved a step ahead Tuesday in the U.S. House (Credit: AP file photo).
Coal / Reclaim Act

Bill to increase coal-mine spending advances

WASHINGTON, DC — “Legislation to speed up the funding of abandoned coal-mine cleanups and to focus some of that spending on projects that help the economy in ailing coalfield communities moved a step ahead Tuesday in the U.S. House. Members of the House Committee on Natural Resources approved what is […]

Lobbying fight erupts over coal country bill
Coal / Reclaim Act

Lobbying fight erupts over coal country bill

WASHINGTON, DC — “The lobbying fight over a House bill to revitalize coal country has heated up ahead of a key committee hearing on Tuesday. Interest groups supporting the Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More (RECLAIM) Act, a bill to pump money into […]

Credit: Columbus Dispatch file photo
AEP / Renewable Energy

AEP renewable energy charge getting scrutiny

COLUMBUS — “Your bill from American Electric Power is the sum of many parts, including a charge for renewable-energy programs. That charge has doubled at the same time that the overall bill has decreased. Called the Alternative Energy Rider, the charge is about $2 for a typical household this month. […]

AEP's Clifty Creek power plant in Madison, Indiana is among the facilities covered under income guarantee plans recently approved by Ohio regulators. 
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Coal / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Proposed Ohio subsidy for coal-fired power plants now uncertain

COLUMBUS — “A proposal to subsidize two coal-fired power plants is no longer on a fast track and might not pass at all. This is a shift from last month, when House Bill 239 seemed to be moving quickly toward becoming law, despite opposition from consumer and environmental groups. The […]