Coal

Virginia Dominion Power's Possum Point Power Station, near Dumfries, Va. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images) | Scott J. Ferrell via Getty Images
Coal / Coal Ash

Leaking Dominion Virginia Power coal ash ponds spur complaint

WASHINGTON, DC — “Three conservation groups accused Dominion Virginia Power Wednesday of illegally discharging coal ash waste into the Potomac River. Five coal ash ponds at Dominion’s Possum Point power plant, 30 miles south of Washington, ‘have been illegally leaking toxic pollutants for decades into groundwater and two popular waterways,’ the […]

AEP COO Robert Powers says the utility is going to be 'fairly aggressive that the rules won’t work as constructed at the moment.'
AEP / Clean Power Plan / Coal

AEP exec: EPA’s carbon plan ‘just not going to happen and something needs to give’

BOSTON, MASS — “The U.S. EPA’s proposed carbon rule has attracted hundreds of thousands of public comments, leading the agency Tuesday to extend its commenting deadline by 45 days, to Dec. 1. That might give American Electric Power Company Inc. more time to hone its argument against the rules. ‘We’re […]

Obama’s mountaintop coal mining legacy still to be determined
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Obama’s mountaintop coal mining legacy still to be determined

WASHINGTON, DC — “President Barack Obama’s record in Appalachian and coal mining communities is up for debate five years after his administration took ‘unprecedented steps’ to protect the environment from the effects of mountaintop removal coal mining. The Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Interior […]

A new poll finds a majority of Ohio electricity customers favor renewable-energy sources and don't want to have to pay to bail out aging coal plants. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/morguefile
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

Poll: Most Ohioans say “no” to coal plant bailouts

COLUMBUS — “The utility companies say the proposal would stabilize rates for customers, but Fisher and others argue it would keep electric bills higher than they should be and prevent Ohio from reducing dangerous emissions of carbon, soot, smog and mercury pollution. As they conduct door-to-door canvases educating Ohioans about […]

Appalachian Power and AEP kick off new custom energy efficiency incentive programs in West Virginia
AEP / Coal / Energy

Appalachian Power and AEP kick off new custom energy efficiency incentive programs in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, WV — “Appalachian Power and its parent company, American Electric Power, announced Sept. 9 they launched two new energy efficiency programs in West Virginia for 2014. One of the two programs, titled the Custom Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Program, offer customers flexibility because each project’s energy savings and available […]

American Electric Power is currently allowed to cover its fuel costs through a charge to Ohio customers that changes every three months.
AEP / Coal / Energy

Justices rule against AEP in fuel-cost case, so Ohio customers avoid a cost

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Supreme Court has sided with utility regulators in a dispute with American Electric Power over how much the company can charge customers for coal, part of a larger debate that is not yet resolved. In a unanimous ruling yesterday, the court rejected AEP’s argument that it […]

A coal-fired power station at Yangzhou in China’s central Jiangsu province. Photo by Vmenkov via Wikimedia Commons
Coal

China may be ready to kick coal habit

LONDON, ENGLAND — “There are still doubts. The statistics might be proved wrong. But it looks as if China might be starting to wean itself off its coal consumption habit. China produces and consumes nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined. Coal, the most polluting of […]

Stand up to Duke Energy – Attend a public hearing to stop the bailout
AEP / Clean Power Plan / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

Stand up to Duke Energy – Attend a public hearing to stop the bailout

Duke Energy, along with Ohio’s other electric utilities, are trying right now behind the scenes to bailout a number of Ohio’s oldest, dirtiest, and least economic coal plants.  What’s worse, they want you and I to pay for it. It’s not right. It’s not fair.  And even if you’re not […]

Deserted houses are seen near the coal-fired power station, owned by American Electric Power Company, in Cheshire, Ohio. David Howells/Corbis
AEP / Coal / Coal Ash

Ohio workers suing AEP over coal waste

MASON COUNTY, WV — “Thirty-nine workers at an Ohio landfill and their family members who say they’ve been harmed by coal wastes from American Electric Power’s Gavin plant have filed suit, claiming the utility exposed them to a slew of toxic, potentially deadly chemicals. The suit, filed in Mason County […]

Duke Energy, partners to build $5B gas pipeline from WV to NC
Duke Energy / Energy

Duke Energy, partners to build $5B gas pipeline from WV to NC

CHARLOTTE, NC — “Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas have selected Virginia-based Dominion to build a massive natural gas pipeline to eastern North Carolina from West Virginia. The 550-mile ‘Atlantic Coast Pipeline’ project, as it is being called, will cost as much as $5 billion. The 42-inch pipeline in West […]