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FirstEnergy Corp. to become second-biggest power company; merger with Allegheny Energy gets final approval
Coal / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy Corp. to become second-biggest power company; merger with Allegheny Energy gets final approval

AKRON — “The merger and absorption of Allegheny will give FirstEnergy control of four very large coal-fired power plants that are newer than FirstEnergy’s own fleet. The big plants, three of which each produce more power than the Perry nuclear power plant, will more easily meet anticipated tougher environmental air […]

FirstEnergy chided for missing solar benchmarks
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy chided for missing solar benchmarks

TOLEDO — “Toledo needs FirstEnergy Corp. to get serious about solar energy, according to a city councilman who Thursday called for a public rebuke of the utility for its failure to meet state-required investment benchmarks. Councilman Joe McNamara told reporters FirstEnergy’s reluctance to embrace solar is costing Toledo jobs, a […]

Coal / Coal Ash / FirstEnergy

EPA releases plans of utilities

FirstEnergy, others outline actions that will be taken to make coal ash impoundments safer AKRON — “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday released plans developed by FirstEnergy Corp. and 14 other electric utilities describing what steps will be taken to make coal ash impoundments safer. The Akron utility, in […]

FirstEnergy says it will buy wind farm’s electricity
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FirstEnergy says it will buy wind farm’s electricity

Turbines being erected in western Ohio TOLEDO — “A FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary has agreed to buy the electricity produced by 50 of at least 152 wind turbines being erected in Paulding and Van Wert counties in western Ohio, the state’s first large-scale wind farm under construction. FirstEnergy Solutions has entered […]

Roadmaps to new power: Interview with Rory McIlmoil, “Tesla of the coalfields” on green jobs
Coal / Energy

Roadmaps to new power: Interview with Rory McIlmoil, “Tesla of the coalfields” on green jobs

MORGANTOWN, WV — “Is the EPA destroying the coalfield economies? Will good green jobs come to the coalfields? Ask Rory. Or, as GOP members of the US House Commerce and Energy and their Big Coal-bankrolled colleagues continue their wildly misinformed banter this week on the economic impact of the EPA’s […]

‘Angry and stunned’: AMP abandons Meigs project
AMP / Coal / FirstEnergy

‘Angry and stunned’: AMP abandons Meigs project

COLUMBUS — “American Municipal Power has announced its abandoning plans to develop its Letart Falls site in Meigs County into a natural gas combined-cycle generation plant in favor of buying one in Fremont, Ohio. In a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, AMP announced it has entered into a non-binding memorandum […]

$15M offered to allow ash site
Coal / Coal Ash / FirstEnergy

$15M offered to allow ash site

Beaver County town gets overture from FirstEnergy PITTSBURGH, PA — “FirstEnergy Corp. has offered Greene Township $15 million to embrace plans for a new 264-acre coal-ash disposal impoundment in the Beaver County community, adjacent to its almost full, 1,000-acre Little Blue ash disposal site. It’s an offer the township is […]

Report says fly ash sites leak chromium into water
Coal / Coal Ash / FirstEnergy

Report says fly ash sites leak chromium into water

PITTSBURGH, PA — “Two southwestern Pennsylvania fly ash disposal sites are among 28 such sites in 17 states that have contaminated groundwater by leaking toxic, cancer-causing hexavalent chromium, according to a new report by Earthjustice and two other environmental groups… The report released Tuesday calls for tighter drinking water limits […]

Southeast Side leaders to air concerns on coal gasification plant
Coal / Energy

Southeast Side leaders to air concerns on coal gasification plant

Meeting on Thursday will address proposed synthetic-gas facility CHICAGO — “Southeast Side community leaders, angry that they were not asked to weigh in on a proposed plant that would turn coal into synthetic gas, have called a meeting Thursday to discuss the project’s environmental and economic impacts. ‘Since there was […]

Cost of electric power report: Enormous health and water impacts of coal and nuclear power “hidden” from consumers
Coal / Energy

Cost of electric power report: Enormous health and water impacts of coal and nuclear power “hidden” from consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C —”The new report, “Benefits of Beyond Business as Usual,” explains that the existing coal-fired electric power fleet is responsible for: • Between 8,000 and 34,000 premature deaths from inhaling fine particulate matter from coal combustion, at a cost to society of $64 to $272 billion — up to […]