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

FirstEnergy is about to ask Ohio lawmakers to create new regulations awarding "zero emission credits," or ZECs, to its nuclear power plants, Davis-Besse east of Toledo and Perry east of Cleveland, in recognition that they do not contribute to air pollution. The ZECs would increase customer bills. The plan is sure to be challenged in federal court because it would subsidize the nukes which are supposed to be operating in a competitive market.
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Ohio electric deregulation on the chopping block?

CLEVELAND — “The big power plants that FirstEnergy and Columbus-based American Electric Power have operated for decades just cannot make electricity as cheaply — or as profitably —  as the new gas turbines, and at times, wind farms. The companies have been looking for a way to escape the perils […]

Duke CEO sees coal entirely disappearing from its power mix
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Duke CEO sees coal entirely disappearing from its power mix

CHARLOTTE, NC — “Duke Energy Corp.’s $4.9 billion purchase of Piedmont Natural Gas Co., set to close next week, will accelerate the utility owner’s shift away from coal, Chief Executive Officer Lynn Good said. Duke will be able to build out Piedmont’s pipeline system to support its transition to gas-fired […]

Use PicMyEnergy Mix to show the energy sources YOU prefer
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Use PicMyEnergy Mix to show the energy sources YOU prefer

CLEVELAND — When you buy a product or service you can mostly get what you want, right? For instance, with a new car purchase you can prioritize things like gas mileage, safety or other features in accordance with your values and needs. Now what about your home’s electricity — is […]

The Beckjord plant, located about 20 miles east of Cincinnati, has been closed for two years. Emily Maxwell | WCPO
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Could toxic chemicals along the Ohio River be a danger to our drinking water?

NEW RICHMOND — “As early as next year, Duke Energy has said it will begin tearing down the more than 60-year-old [Beckjord Power] plant. The electric utility giant closed the plant in late 2014 just the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was writing new federal standards for how coal ash ponds should […]

How super low natural gas prices are reshaping how we get our power
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How super low natural gas prices are reshaping how we get our power

WASHINGTON, DC — “This week, U.S. natural gas prices plunged briefly below $ 2 per million Btu (British thermal units), lower than they have been since early 2012. It’s part of a long term price drop that is closely tied to the fracking and shale gas boom, but also more immediately to high levels of […]

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AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio politicians on “Energy Mandates Study Committee” took $830,000 from dirty energy companies

COLUMBUS — “A wolf pack of in-state utilities and out-of-state petrochemical billionaires has attacked Ohio’s clean energy law, threatening to kill clean jobs and wreak further damage on the environment. This attack is led by Ohio state Senator Bill Seitz (R), who five years earlier voted for the law, but […]

Andre Porter
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PUCO chief: Energy’s challenges brought me back

COLUMBUS — “Porter is generally viewed by Ohio energy observers as fair and not easily pushed over – the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association described his remarks last week to Columbus Business First urging utilities to “stop scaring Ohioans” as an ‘ unusually blunt message to the utilities.’ Porter wouldn’t delve into […]

Dynegy Inc. CEO Bob Flexon
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Dynegy CEO: Re-regulation in Ohio would help ‘the weakest in the herd’

COLUMBUS — “Hopes for re-regulating Ohio’s power industry are another example of utilities not wanting to compete, says one of the newest entrants to the state’s power generation industry. ‘They’re used to getting what they want – big, fat margins so they can pay big dividends to shareholders,’ Dynegy Inc. […]

The coal ash disaster at the Kingston Fossil Plant, Tennessee—three years after the spill.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy / Energy

Politics as dirty as coal ash: House bill lets polluters off the hook

WASHINGTON, DC — “On Wednesday, the House of Representatives will vote on HR 1734, Rep. David McKinley’s (R- WV) sixth attempt at a coal ash bill that protects his largest campaign contributors. This year’s bill weakens, delays or removes critical health protections recently established by the EPA to keep communities […]