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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.
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Want less carbon dioxide in the air you breathe? It’s going to cost you, how much depends on who you voted for

COLUMBUS — “The battle over clean air, including air containing less carbon dioxide, is being waged here before a little-noticed special study committee that was supposed to be looking at something else. Ohio’s Energy Mandates Study Committee, created last fall, was supposed to consider whether the state should reinstate its […]

A proposal from FirstEnergy would guarantee income for the Davis-Besse nuclear plant and other facilities. (Photo by AlienCG via Creative Commons)
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Utility ‘bailout’ cases reflect larger Ohio energy debate

CLEVELAND — “As FirstEnergy awaits a decision on its proposed electric security plan after a similar proposal from American Electric Power (AEP) was rejected by regulators last month, broader themes about Ohio’s energy future are emerging in the debate. The plan recommended by FirstEnergy would have Ohio electricity consumers pay […]

Progressives hold out Ohio as an example not to follow for states that want to foster renewable energy industries
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Progressives hold out Ohio as an example not to follow for states that want to foster renewable energy industries

WASHINGTON, DC — “Ohio is being held out as a model for other states — of what not to do if they want to foster a renewable energy industry. That’s the message from environmentalists, wind and solar energy companies and backers of renewable energy generally, in a report from the […]

FirstEnergy’s slide persists as it scrambles for a ratepayer bailout
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy’s slide persists as it scrambles for a ratepayer bailout

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy’s most recent quarterly numbers and its outlook for 2015 are both dismal and in line with a report we published last fall, ‘FirstEnergy Seeks a Subsidized Turnaround.’ If anything, FirstEnergy’s problems have only gotten worse since we issued our report: FirstEnergy’s net income (revenues less expenses) continues […]

A Ratepayer-friendly regulatory decision in ohio means one down, three to go
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

A Ratepayer-friendly regulatory decision in ohio means one down, three to go

CLEVELAND — “Kudos to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) for standing up for residential and business customers. The commission last week denied American Electric Power’s request for long-term power purchase agreements for two aging coal-fired plants, the Kyger Creek Station and the Clifty Creek Station. The request, first […]

FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones is poised to remake the company
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones is poised to remake the company

AKRON — “FirstEnergy has run — not walked — away from its unregulated subsidiary FirstEnergy Solutions, which has owned all of the power plants since 2005. FES now operates conservatively, for example, by not booking orders for every megawatt it is capable of generating, but holding back some in case […]

FirstEnergy Corp. CEO, Anthony Alexander is leaving the company, 43 years after joining Ohio Edison, its predecessor.
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy CEO Anthony Alexander leaving the company

AKRON — “Former FirstEnergy top executive Anthony Alexander is leaving the company on April 30, after spending just four months in a newly created position as  “executive chairman.” He will also leave the  FirstEnergy board of directors, effective May 1. …Alexander, 63,  stepped down as CEO on Jan. 1. He […]

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station at Oak Harbor, Ohio, would have a guaranteed buyer for all its output if the PUCO approves a FirstEnergy plan. Photo by Kathiann M. Kowalski.
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio utility “bailouts” could impact capacity market

COLUMBUS — “If some plants will have all costs paid in any case, owners are more likely to offer their megawatts into the capacity auction at lower prices. PJM rules require a minimum price for some new sources of electricity generation. As a general rule, though, existing sources have far […]

American Electric Power says it costs more to produce energy at the Conesville power plant than the utility can recoup on the market. The company is seeking to charge customers a rider to ensure the plant’s viability.
AEP / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio electric utilities seek to push risk to customers

BUCYRUS — “Should Ohio’s electric customers essentially also serve as investors, with the potential gains and losses to follow? That is one of the main questions in front of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio as it decides whether to allow three of the state’s largest electric utilities to assess […]

About two dozen people showed up near the West Side Market Saturday to draw attention to the public meeting at Cleveland City Hall Tuesday.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy rate case delayed, but still could be decided before May

COLUMBUS — “If your power is delivered by the Illuminating Co., Ohio Edison or Toledo Edison, you may be paying more by June to help FirstEnergy keep its aging Davis-Besse and W.H. Sammis power plants running. An administrative judge late Wednesday took a biblical approach to extinguish a one-day fight between […]