FirstEnergy‘s Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Nuclear Power goes begging, likely at consumers’ expense

Operators of nuclear power plants are seeking rate increases to avoid closures in deregulated market NEW YORK, NY — “Before deregulation, all nuclear reactors were part of utility-owned networks of power plants that used different kinds of fuel, including coal and natural gas. Utilities passed along their combined costs to […]

Phil Trumbull of Woodville, shows U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur how to plug a charger into a charging station at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Oak Harbor.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Rep. Kaptur takes Kasich to task on renewable energy

OAK HARBOR — “Still angry over Ohio’s two-year freeze on renewable-energy mandates that Gov. John Kasich signed into law last year, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) told The Blade on Tuesday the governor ‘shouldn’t lead us backwards’ if he wants to be president. …Asked what that all means in […]

FirstEnergy's Lake Shore power plant, built in 1911, is closing. The coal-fired plant has been the target of neighborhood groups and environmentalists for at least a decade. The company decided to close the old plant rather than upgrade it to meet new air standards reducing mercury and other toxic metal emissions.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy closes 104-year-old coal power plant, electric rates to rise

CLEVELAND— “Power prices will increase, but not because the plants closed Wednesday. It’s complicated. Rates will rise because of the date when FirstEnergy first announced it would close them, back in January 2012. That was just weeks after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would put new air standards in […]

FirstEnergy to close 3 northeast Ohio coal-burning plants
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy to close 3 northeast Ohio coal-burning plants

AKRON — “FirstEnergy will close three coal-burning power plants on Wednesday as part of a company plan to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations on emissions of mercury and other air pollutants. The Akron-based corporation announced in January 2012 that it would close six coal-burning plants, including facilities […]

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 […]

The high-voltage lines outside NRG Energy's Avon Lake power plant will continue to be needed after NRG converts the plant's coal-fired boilers to gas rather than closing them.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Gas-fired power plants sprouting in Ohio to replace old coal-burners

CLEVELAND — “At least six gas-fired power plants are being built or on the drawing boards in Ohio. All are being built by independent power companies. They hope to capitalize on Ohio’s plentiful and cheap shale gas, on the decision by companies like FirstEnergy to close old coal-burning power plants rather […]

Review Photo/Kevin Graff
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 […]

PUCO should make a decisive ruling against FirstEnergy, write three politicians worried about rising costs for consumers. (File photo)
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Oppose FirstEnergy electric security plan

CLEVELAND — “Analysts for the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council and the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel say consumers will lose big on the deal. They peg the cost of the current rate-increase proposal at an additional $3 billion over the next 15 years. Even FirstEnergy projects more than $400 million in […]

Wind turbines are an increasingly common sight as commercial wind farms proliferate.    Eyematrix
Clean Power Plan / Energy / FirstEnergy

Research: Ohio energy freeze resulting in millions in lost investment

COLUMBUS — “It’s been almost a year since Ohio lawmakers froze the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards, and some analysts say the damage is already unfolding. Researchers at the Center for American Progress interviewed business leaders in the renewable energy sector in Ohio, and senior policy advisor and report […]