Energy

Activists win chance to contest nuke license
Energy

Activists win chance to contest nuke license

OAK HARBOR — “Four activist groups challenging the relicensing of FirstEnergy Corp.’s Davis-Besse nuclear plant have persuaded a federal three-judge panel to let them have a seat at the table. In a 65-page ruling, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board said the groups — Beyond Nuclear, Citizens […]

Ohio Senate must rescue consumers’ counsel
Energy

Ohio Senate must rescue consumers’ counsel

CLEVELAND — “It is bad enough that Gov. John Kasich wants to gut the Ohio Office of Consumers’ Counsel, slicing its budget by more than half over the next two years. Whatever the governor’s motives, they aren’t related to saving taxpayers money. The consumer advocate’s fees are paid not through […]

Send FirstEnergy’s CEO, Anthony Alexander, a message
Coal / FirstEnergy

Send FirstEnergy’s CEO, Anthony Alexander, a message

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Energy

Plan stifles consumers’ advocate

Gag order added to budget; agency already facing severe cutbacks COLUMBUS — “The latest version of the state budget proposal continues to include a 51 percent budget cut for the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, and now it includes an unusual gag order. The budget plan passed by the […]

Natural gas most likely to replace coal at big power plant
Coal / Energy

Natural gas most likely to replace coal at big power plant

CENTRALIA, WA — “The owner of the biggest coal-burning power plant in the Northwest is pondering how to replace its fuel source now that coal is officially on the outs in Washington state. Governor Chris Gregoire went to the Centralia coal plant Friday to sign into law a gradual phase […]

Gag rule latest assault on Consumers’ Counsel
Energy

Gag rule latest assault on Consumers’ Counsel

COLUMBUS – Sub. H.B. 153, the state operating budget bill now before the Ohio House Finance and Appropriations Committee, contains the following provision: Sec. 4911.02 (C): The counsel shall not advocate or otherwise promote any position contrary to development of competitive markets in this state, including the policies of this state […]

Energy

Casino developers take issue with tax requirement in state budget

COLUMBUS — “Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander on Friday begged the House Finance Committee to reconsider plans to cut the OCC budget in half, remove its contact info from utility bills, merge its call center with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and restrict positions the agency can take in […]

GOP hints at major changes it would make to Kasich budget proposal
Energy

GOP hints at major changes it would make to Kasich budget proposal

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, which represents more than 4 million residential utility customers, is still on deck to see its power and clout curtailed. The Kasich administration called for a 50 percent funding cut to the OCC. The House also wants to restrict positions the counsel can take […]

Natural gas more crucial than ever
Baard Energy / Coal / Energy

Natural gas more crucial than ever

WARREN — “Now that the multi-billion-dollar Baard Energy project in Columbiana County is pretty much dead, the Mahoning Valley’s effort to turn natural gas into an economic heyday becomes more important. Although Baard’s coal liquification plant was to be constructed in and around Wellsville, the impact of what was once […]

LG&E, KU may retire coal-fired units
Coal / Energy

LG&E, KU may retire coal-fired units

LOUISVILLE, KY —Mirroring a national trend toward cleaner air, Louisville Gas and Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities are making initial plans to retire coal-burning units at three aging power plants within five years, including the Cane Run station in western Louisville. According to long-range planning documents filed late last week […]