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Chuck Jones,  FirstEnergy CEO
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FirstEnergy CEO says it’s time to get conversation rolling about ending deregulation

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp.’s new chief executive officer thinks it’s time to have conversations about ending deregulation of the electric utility industry in Ohio, a move that some may argue is an about-face from the company’s stance in 2008. He also is making it a priority to ensure that the […]

he W.H. Sammis power plant's future operation could be more difficult under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rules on power plant carbon dioxide emissions.
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FirstEnergy wants Ohio to end deregulation, return to state-controlled rates

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp. wants Ohio to re-regulate the electric utility industry, hoping to end an era the company itself fought for just seven years ago, in which electricity rates were set by wholesale markets without interference from the state. …Jones said FirstEnergy’s future is at risk if it cannot […]

FirstEnergy‘s Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
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Nuclear plants plagued by leaking pipes

Activists claim leaking pipes allow radioactive material into water CARROLL TOWNSHIP/OAK HARBOR — “Davis-Besse is one of only a dozen confirmed spent fuel pool leaks in the United States, said Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear. ‘Not the short list you want to see your local nuclear power plant on,’ Kamps […]

What happens after the coal plant closes?
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What happens after the coal plant closes?

ALBRIGHT, WV — “Sometime this summer, the EPA will issue regulations that limit carbon dioxide emissions from power generation, pushing more of the country’s 400 coal-fired power plants to close. The environmental and health benefits are undeniable, and overwhelming. The economic consequences for towns like Albright, where a coal plant […]

Letter to the editor: Embrace renewable energy
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Letter to the editor: Embrace renewable energy

STOW — “Our children and grandchildren should not have to grow up in an increasing polluted world. We want less pollution for them, along with lower energy costs. Long ago, when coal was discovered to be the best option for heating and power, we didn’t even know what cars, planes […]

Letter to the editor: Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s rules too weak
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Letter to the editor: Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s rules too weak

PORT  CLINTON — “FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC) spokeswoman Jennifer Young was quoted as saying “All the big investments that are needed to extend Davis-Besse’s life have been completed already.” But this is only because the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) safety standards are so dangerously weak, despite lessons that […]

PUCO should reject FirstEnergy rate request: editorial
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PUCO should reject FirstEnergy rate request: editorial

CLEVELAND — “Akron’s FirstEnergy Corp. effectively wants its customers to be forced to invest in a handful of money-losing FirstEnergy power plants in hopes they will become profitable again and pay dividends. That’s the gist of an audacious rate-increase request that 1.9 million residential ratepayers and other customers of the Illuminating, Ohio Edison and Toledo […]

The FirstEnergy bailout – The more you learn, the less you’ll like it
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The FirstEnergy bailout – The more you learn, the less you’ll like it

NEW YORK, NY  — “Why should customers pay for FirstEnergy’s mistakes? The Ohio-based power company made a string of bad business decisions that are hurting shareholders, customers, taxpayers, and the environment. Now the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is mulling a bailout proposal that would require customers to pay off […]

A compromising position for FirstEnergy and Ohio
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A compromising position for FirstEnergy and Ohio

AKRON — “A hard reality is that coal won’t soon disappear as an energy source, not when it accounts for almost three-quarters of the generation mix in Ohio. A coal-burning Sammis plant, equipped with the best-available pollution controls, arguably has a place then. What a sound energy strategy requires is […]

Dick Munson: FirstEnergy clings to the energy past
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Dick Munson: FirstEnergy clings to the energy past

AKRON — “FirstEnergy reaped the early benefits of the deregulation of the electricity market. But as the cost of natural gas (a competitor to FirstEnergy’s plants) fell and demand for electricity waned, it has been getting harder for FirstEnergy to compete. Now that its coal and nuclear power can’t contend, […]