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PUCO Chairman Andre Porter
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy / Uncategorized

New PUCO head puts off ruling on income guarantees for power plants

COLUMBUS — “The new chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio had a chance on Thursday to rule on income guarantees for certain power plants, but he decided to leave the matter open, with no timetable for resolution. Andre Porter was sworn in last month and faces a docket […]

Wasted Energy: the pitfalls of the EIA’s policy-neutral approach
Coal / Energy

Wasted Energy: the pitfalls of the EIA’s policy-neutral approach

WASHINGTON, DC — “Indeed, those invested in maintaining the status quo – coal companies, oil companies and the lawmakers they support – could wish for nothing better: America’s authority on the future of energy says fossil fuels are here to stay in a big way. And in effect, the EIA’s […]

Debunking FirstEnergy’s bailout arguments
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Debunking FirstEnergy’s bailout arguments

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy, the giant Ohio-based company that owns power plants and transmission lines in several midwestern and northeastern states, is running out of arguments for its proposed bailout. The Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO), which is currently considering the proposal by FirstEnergy for substantial, customer-funded subsidies to bail […]

Standing from left to right: Bryan Sonnega, Casey Worth, Christina Calderon, Dan Kerschner, Cory Stewart, Mike Blood, and JC Satt. Front row: Jordan Opst, Jacob VanWagoner, Annie Kreutzber, and Noah Yasi.
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Citizen Action

6,677 letters to stop the utility bailouts in Ohio

Cincinnati Canvass Cleveland Canvass CINCINNATI and CLEVELAND — As of May16, 6,677 Ohio Citizen Action members have sent handwritten letters urging the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and Governor John Kasich to stop the financial bailout of Ohio’s outdated, least efficient coal plants. FirstEnergy, American Electric Power and Duke Energy […]

Duke Energy’s coal ash spill from February 2014 sent 82,000 tons of the industrial waste product into North Carolina's Dan River. Credit: Waterkeeper Alliance/Rick Dove
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

With huge coal ash fines, Justice Dept. puts industry on notice

In contrast to weak EPA regulations, recent ruling takes a strong stand on mishandling of coal ash by utility giant Duke Energy WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. Justice Department’s recent prosecution of three Duke Energy subsidiaries for improper handling of toxic coal ash marked the most significant federal crackdown on […]

Income-guarantee request envelops Davis-Besse nuclear plant in controversy again
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Income-guarantee request envelops Davis-Besse nuclear plant in controversy again

COLUMBUS — “As FirstEnergy prepares for what will be a bruising hearing, company officials are saying Davis-Besse’s electricity is a type of ‘green’ power, with almost zero harmful emissions, and warning that the plant may close without the stability of an income guarantee. ‘Davis-Besse produces enough carbon-free electricity to energize […]

AEP revises request for coal-plant income guarantee
AEP / Coal

AEP revises request for coal-plant income guarantee

COLUMBUS — “The filing with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, made late on Friday, is an addition to one made last October, taking into account what has happened since then in the electricity market and with PUCO rulings. The October proposal addressed four coal-fired power plants: W.H. Zimmer, J.M. […]

Why EPA’s alleged ‘war on coal’ may actually be a war on wasting energy
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Why EPA’s alleged ‘war on coal’ may actually be a war on wasting energy

WASHINGTON, DC — “The growing criticisms of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions have a common theme — the agency and the president, it is often alleged, are waging a “war on coal.” And indeed, if the so-called “Clean Power Plan” is successfully implemented by the […]

May 19, 2015 FirstEnergy shareholders meeting in Akron protested by pastors, vets, labor, students, and retirees.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy investors infuriated over company’s pro-coal stances

AKRON — “Nearly a dozen shareholder groups are furious with FirstEnergy for its stance on  energy efficiency rules and its efforts to hang onto its coal-fired power plants as long as possible. They argue that FirstEnergy’s campaign in 2014 to kill Ohio energy efficiency rules, its reluctance to embrace renewable […]

AEP had sought a guaranteed rates for some of its older plants, including one near Conesville, Ohio.
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP now wants quick decision on latest power purchase agreement proposal

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. isn’t resting in its quest to guarantee the financial stability of its Ohio coal-fired power plants. The company now is asking state regulators to render a decision – and fast – on an expansive power purchase agreement so it can decide if it […]