Duke Energy

Coal industry fighting for survival on 7 fronts
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy

Coal industry fighting for survival on 7 fronts

WASHINGTON, DC — “Perhaps no industry has inflicted such widespread costs on society as coal. From debilitating black lung disease to the devastating removal of whole mountaintops, from decades of lung-scarring smog to unrestrained emissions of greenhouse gases, coal has imposed its own deadly taxation—hiding the charges under the smoky […]

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 […]

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letters urging the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and Governor John Kasich to stop the financial bailout of Ohio’s outdated, least efficient coal plants.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 […]

No one seems to know who — or what — is poisoning North Carolina drinking water supplies
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

No one seems to know who — or what — is poisoning North Carolina drinking water supplies

RALEIGH, NC — “What seems like a clear case of an energy company polluting people’s drinking wells in North Carolina is actually much more complicated, thanks to the state’s rock formations. Last week, North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sent another round of letters to residents living near the 32 […]

Charles Wilson has fished on Lake Robinson for much of his life. He says the lake needs to be shielded from pollution to protect fish.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Nuclear waste, arsenic at SC coal plant raise concern

DARLINGTON CO, SC — “Pollution test results from last year show that the Hartsville plant’s coal waste pond has released higher levels of arsenic into groundwater than state regulators ever had recorded there. In some cases, the arsenic levels rival those at other power plant sites in South Carolina that […]

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, […]

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

Consumer electric bills riding on selection of new PUCO boss

COLUMBUS — “Gov. John Kasich has appointed Andre Porter, former Commerce Secretary, former member of the commission and a lawyer, chairman of the PUCO. As chairman, Porter will preside over FirstEnergy’s pending rate case. His predicted ascension has also generated months of speculation about the governor’s position on the FirstEnergy […]

Andre Porter
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Andre Porter confirmed to lead PUCO

COLUMBUS — “Andre Porter will in fact lead the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Tuesday afternoon that Porter, the former commerce department director, will replace PUCO Chairman Tom Johnson. Before joining the commission, he was an attorney at Schottenstein Zox & Dunn Co. LPA, and […]