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FirstEnergy Corp. briefly mothballed its W.H. Sammis power plant in 2012 because the company could buy gas-fired electricity in wholesale markets for less than it cost Sammis to generate it. The huge, coal-fired power plant on the Ohio River generates twice as much electricity as two nuclear power plants. Now the company wants its regulated companies to buy all of the plant's output.
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FirstEnergy Corp. looking to rate payers to support its struggling unregulated power plants

AKRON — “The proposed Ohio rate plan would run from June 2016 through May 2016. It would extend many of the provisions of the current rate plan — and add one new wrinkle — a provision to use the steady profits from the regulated Ohio companies  to subsidize two of […]

Sierra Club calls FirstEnergy plan ‘bailout’ for old, dirty coal plants
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Sierra Club calls FirstEnergy plan ‘bailout’ for old, dirty coal plants

AKRON — “An environmental group is blasting FirstEnergy Corp.’s proposed electricity pricing plan, calling it a way for the Akron-based utility to bail out its coal plants and make consumers pay. ‘FirstEnergy is just reaching so deep into people’s pockets,’ said Daniel Sawmiller, senior campaign representative for the Sierra Club’s […]

FirstEnergy has refused to make public the complete details of its energy efficiency programs, prompting two environmental groups, which have seen the details but cannot legally reveal them, to petition the PUCO to order FirstEnergy to unseal documents it filed with the agency about the programs. FirstEnergy argues that the documents contain competitive information.
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FirstEnergy proposes new rate plan to have consumers guarantee sales for two Ohio power plants

AKRON — “Consumers would pay more in the deal that seems designed just as much to insulate the company’s non-regulated division as to save consumers money. FirstEnergy admits the new plan would raise monthly consumer electric bills during the next three years, but argues that over 15 years, the proposed […]

PUCO needs to unseal FirstEnergy documents on energy efficiency: editorial
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PUCO needs to unseal FirstEnergy documents on energy efficiency: editorial

CLEVELAND — “A FirstEnergy spokesman has said the company contends that data in some of the sealed documents could, if revealed, help competitors gain an advantage over FirstEnergy. Moreover, in FirstEnergy’s filing with the PUCO, the company contends that nowhere in Ohio law ‘is there statutory authority for the commission […]

Sabrina Eaton, The Plain Dealer
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FirstEnergy CEO decries ‘war on coal’ in U.S. Chamber of Commerce speech

WASHINGTON, DC — “Government interference in the electricity marketplace is stifling the growth and use of electricity and picking winners and losers, FirstEnergy Corp. President and CEO Anthony J. Alexander told a U.S. Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday. Alexander, who since 2004 has headed the Akron-based utility that serves […]

Ohio GOP bill would freeze state energy efficiency and renewable energy at current levels
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Ohio GOP bill would freeze state energy efficiency and renewable energy at current levels

COLUMBUS —”The Ohio Senate Republican leadership introduced legislation Friday that freezes the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy mandates at this year’s levels. The proposed legislation — Senate Bill 310 –  would also create a special committee — the Energy Mandates Study Committee. That committee is to determine by Dec. 15, […]

Ohio renewable energy and energy efficiency mandates under attack
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Ohio renewable energy and energy efficiency mandates under attack

COLUMBUS — “On the eve of an expected GOP-led blitz to freeze state mandates requiring utilities to use more renewable energy and to help customers cut consumption through energy efficiency, FirstEnergy has been circulating a form letter to commercial and industrial customers urging them to lobby lawmakers to amend the efficiency […]

FirstEnergy's Eastlake power plant coal-fired boilers will close this fall but the facility will live on with two "synchronous condensers," high-tech equipment that will help stabilize power flows over the regional grid.
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FirstEnergy to close Eastlake and Lake Shore power plants

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp. will close its Eastlake and downtown Lake Shore power plants this fall rather than next year as planned. All 165 employees will be offered jobs at other facilities. About 15 to 20 will remain at Eastlake to operate new electronic equipment designed to keep power flows […]

The Perry Nuclear Power Plant can be seen in the distance from a beach in Painesville Township. The plant reported a tritium leak on Tuesday morning.
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Perry nuclear power plant is leaking radioactive water, danger minimal

PERRY — “The Perry nuclear power plant is leaking tritium, a radioactive form of water with a half-life of more than 12 years. The radioactive water has been found in groundwater at concentrations more than twice the federal drinking water limit outside of a building where the leak was discovered […]

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The Bruce Mansfield Power Station in Shippingport, Pa., is owned by FirstEnergy. Philip G. Pavely/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, via Associated Press
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Under investor pressure, utility to study emissions

NEW YORK, NY — “FirstEnergy, one of the country’s largest electric companies, has agreed to work toward reducing its carbon emissions in response to pressure from shareholders including New York State and Connecticut pension funds, New York Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said on Tuesday. The company, which operates in six […]