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In 2003, Ohio Citizen Action displayed a large banner beside a primary road used by persons attending the FirstEnergy Board of Directors annual meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. The sentiment in the banner stemmed from years of nuclear neglect at the company’s Davis-Besse nuclear plant outside Toledo, Ohio.
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Look Me in the Eye

Disaster by Design CLEVELAND — “In 2003, Ohio Citizen Action displayed a large banner beside a primary road used by persons attending the FirstEnergy Board of Directors annual meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. The sentiment in the banner stemmed from years of nuclear neglect at the company’s Davis-Besse nuclear plant outside […]

Institutional investors are walking away from Ohio utility companies that insist on coal
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Institutional investors are walking away from Ohio utility companies that insist on coal

CLEVELAND — “Some of the world’s biggest investors are saying no thank you to enterprises so deeply—and dangerously—attached to coal. They include Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global, or GPFG, which last week announced its first round of divestiture from such holdings. Among the companies on Norway’s divestment list are three […]

FirstEnergy offers Ohio customers 100 percent wind-generated power at standard power prices
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FirstEnergy offers Ohio customers 100 percent wind-generated power at standard power prices

AKRON — “FirstEnergy officials announced today that, beginning Friday, the utility company will offer a limited number of its customers the option to buy 100 percent wind energy-generated power at the same price as its standard power. The program, called the “Switch2Green4Free” offer, is part of the company’s “The Switch […]

Lizzy Stewart, New York Times
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After bankruptcies, coal’s dirty legacy lives on

NEW YORK, NY — “The recent bankruptcies of the nation’s leading coal producers are the latest benchmark in the steady decline of the coal industry. The industry’s problems are also hurting consumers, who are being hit by unnecessarily high electric rates approved by regulators to keep open coal-fired power plants […]

Someone got a sweet deal from utility regulators
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Someone got a sweet deal from utility regulators

  COLUMBUS — “The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio handed sweet deals to FirstEnergy and American Electric Power on March 31. Or maybe, as defenders of the PUCO rulings claim, the panel handed sweet deals to customers of FirstEnergy (the Illuminating, Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison companies) and American Electric […]

FirstEnergy headquarters in Akron.
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Round 1 ends, but battle looms for FirstEnergy

Following favorable decision from utilities commission, the Akron company might be an underdog in the next bout AKRON — “FirstEnergy’s 18-month slugfest in front of the PUCO was brutal, and no doubt costly in terms of public relations, advertising and lobbying. It also might have just been a warm-up for […]

A proposal from FirstEnergy would guarantee income for the Davis-Besse nuclear plant and other facilities. (Photo by AlienCG via Creative Commons)
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Ohio ‘bailout’ plan part of larger debate over nuclear’s future

TAKOMA PARK, MD — “An Ohio utility’s pursuit of a lifeline for an aging nuclear plant comes at a time when both economics and public opinion are aligning against nuclear power. On March 31, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio ruled that all FirstEnergy utility customers should guarantee sales for all […]

Moody’s: Fall in natural gas prices may lead to large-scale plant retirements
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Moody’s: Fall in natural gas prices may lead to large-scale plant retirements

CHARLOTTSVILLE, VA — “Moody’s warns that ‘persistently low natural gas prices’ have placed several coal and nuclear power plants at risk of closure, with merchant generators scrambling to cut costs. The analyst also said the recent approval of a power purchase agreement for FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.‘s merchant plants in Ohio […]

AEP's Clifty Creek power plant in Madison, Indiana is among the facilities covered under income guarantee plans recently approved by Ohio regulators. 
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‘This isn’t over’: Opponents still fighting Ohio ‘bailout’ plans

COLUMBUS — “Despite unanimous approval by Ohio regulators last week, opponents of income guarantees for two utilities’ power plants still have multiple avenues to challenge the plans. The deals, involving certain coal plants and a nuclear plant owned by FirstEnergy and American Electric Power (AEP),  are expected to trigger requests […]

Data Bite: The shrinking U.S. coal-fired electricity map; Here’s a snapshot from Ohio
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Data Bite: The shrinking U.S. coal-fired electricity map; Here’s a snapshot from Ohio

CLEVELAND — “Ten of those twenty coal-fired plants that operated in 2010 have closed—five owned by FirstEnergy, two by Duke Energy, one by AEP, one by NRG Energy, and one by American Municipal Power (which has also cancelled plans to build a new coal plant in the Ohio).  Six others […]