Parent company FirstEnergy says all Davis-Besse’s safety systems worked efficiently. Photo credit: The Blade
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Davis-Besse to stay idle a few days due to leak

OAK HARBOR — “FirstEnergy Corp. said Monday it expects its Davis-Besse nuclear plant to remain idle for at least a few more days as the utility tries to figure out how rainwater entered the plant’s turbine building during a heavy storm early Saturday. Without going into specifics, the company also […]

Julie Sloat, president of American Electric Power.
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

AEP still working on Ohio restructuring, needs FirstEnergy’s help

COLUMBUS — “AEP Ohio continues to hold discussions with legislators and stakeholders around its restructuring (don’t call it re-regulation) of Ohio’s electricity market, but it’s still working on garnering support from the state’s other utilities. The electric utility in July said it wants to know by the first quarter of […]

FirstEnergy had a rough first three quarters in 2015, but finished the year, overall strong. (Courtesy of FirstEnergy)
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Consumers’ Counsel says FE rates illegal, asks Supreme Court to toss them out

COLUMBUS — “Consumers who thought federal authorities had saved them from a FirstEnergy surcharge to subsidize two of the company’s old power plants should think again, says the state’s consumer watchdog. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel points out in an appeal it filed with the Ohio Supreme Court this week that […]

FirstEnergy should not get something for nothing from its customers: editorial
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy should not get something for nothing from its customers: editorial

CLEVELAND — “Currently before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is FirstEnergy’s latest bid for ratepayer help: an eight-year “financial hedge” request the company says is supported by the same coalition of low-income, manufacturing, municipal and other customer groups that backed an earlier power purchase deal the PUCO approved in March. (Federal regulators […]

First Energy employees Hank Boka and Doug Colafella inspect the W.H. Sammis power plant in Ohio.
(Photo: Mark Drajem/Bloomberg)
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy says its headquarters is worth $568 million to Ohio

Utility asks regulators for surcharge for benefits to Akron AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp., Ohio’s homegrown utility with roots in the state that date to 1930, wants its customers to pay to ensure it stays there. In the latest twist in a two-year battle for aid, the company has asked regulators […]

FirstEnergy headquarters in Akron.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy piles insult onto billions of dollars in injury by threatening to move its headquarters from Akron

CLEVELAND — “You have to hand it FirstEnergy, however, for its daring. The company, battered over the past few years by the results of its own bad management decisions, today is shamelessly making a of mockery of traditional—and fair—utility regulation in what it is pushing for from the Public Utility […]

The Sammis Power plant looms over homes in Stratton, Ohio. Photo Credit: Sierra Club / Colin Scianamblo

Ohio lawmakers, concerned about jobs, support FirstEnergy plan

STRATTON — “Two Democratic lawmakers concerned about job losses in their southeast Ohio districts have spoken out in support of a FirstEnergy plan that critics say is an unlawful ‘bailout.’ In letters filed with Ohio regulators this week, state senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) and representative Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) stressed the […]

The Byron nuclear plant in Illinois. 
Photo by
Michael Kappel / Creative Commons
Energy / FirstEnergy

What’s the future of nuclear in the Midwest? A state-by-state look

ST PAUL, MN — “Nuclear power was born in the Midwest, and helped fuel the region’s once-vibrant manufacturing sector for decades. But the Midwest’s cheap power prices and, in some states, deregulated markets make it hard for nuclear to compete with cheaper natural gas and renewables… Ohio FirstEnergy Corp.’s generation […]

Pleasants Power Station is located in 
Willow Island, West Virginia, along 
the Ohio River.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy loses $1.1B, may sell Pleasants plant to MonPower

CHARLESTON, WV— “After announcing a quarterly loss of $1.1 billion because of the future closures of two uncompetitive coal-fired power plants in Ohio, FirstEnergy says it will seek to “de-risk” by pushing plants onto electricity customers in states like West Virginia. Charles Jones, CEO of FirstEnergy, the parent company of […]

FirstEnergy recently announced the closure of four units at the W.H. Sammis power plant.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

As FirstEnergy announces closures, ‘bailout’ request keeps growing

COLUMBUS — “Despite announcing the closure of four units at an Ohio coal plant it initially sought to protect, the amount of money FirstEnergy could recover from customers in new charges has now ballooned to more than $8 billion, according to a recent filing. FirstEnergy still wants a non-bypassable charge […]