Energy

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review
Energy / Research & Reports

U.S. energy consumption rose lightly in 2016 despite significant decline in coal use

WASHINGTON, DC — “Primary energy consumption in the United States in 2016 totaled 97.4 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), a slight increase from the 2015 level. Consumption of coal decreased by 9%, nearly offsetting increases in the consumption of renewables, petroleum, natural gas, and nuclear fuel. Fossil fuels continue to […]

Reject green-energy rollback
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Reject green-energy rollback

TOLEDO — “The original 2008 mandates were reasonable standards with a real chance to move Ohio forward, both in terms of creating a healthier environment and by building a solid foundation for green-energy industry in the state. When he vetoed the rollback measure last year, the governor said the bill […]

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station (Credit: NRC)
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy makes big push for ‘zero emission credits’

AKRON — “The cost of supporting some of the region’s aging nuclear power plants might be about to land on the bills of Ohio ratepayers, and that might include the cost of subsidizing a nuclear plant in Pennsylvania owed by Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. The firm is desperately hoping that Ohio […]

News that solar jobs are up in Ohio comes as bill weakening clean energy progresses
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

News that solar jobs are up in Ohio comes as bill weakening clean energy progresses

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio House Public Utilities Committee is considering House Bill 114, which would turn requirements for renewable energy into optional goals. This would be a change to a 2008 law that say electricity utilities must make annual investments in clean-energy programs and technologies. The committee is scheduled for […]

Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station cooling tower in July 2015 (Credit: Gregory Varnum, Creative Commons).
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy exec calls for ‘urgent aid’

OAK HARBOR — “Calling warnings of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant’s premature closure ‘real’ and the need for a bailout ‘urgent,’ FirstEnergy Corp.’s top nuclear official left little doubt Friday that Ottawa County’s largest employer is in trouble. Sam Belcher, FirstEnergy’s chief nuclear officer, said the utility’s other nuclear plants […]

While Ohio coal employment falls, solar jobs double in Cleveland area
Energy

While Ohio coal employment falls, solar jobs double in Cleveland area

CLEVELAND — “Solar industry jobs doubled in the Cleveland, Ohio area last year, driving about half of the state’s total job growth in the sector, according to new data released today by The Solar Foundation. However, the industry’s future growth in Cuyahoga County and elsewhere in the state could be […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear plant on Lake Erie east of Toledo.
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Living without Davis-Besse?

OAK HARBOR — “Living in the shadows of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant’s cooling tower, which soars above Lake Erie in Ohio like an oversized lighthouse, brings with it some give-and-take. On the plus side, it generates tax money that once paid for a high school swimming pool and auditorium. […]

FirstEnergy had a rough first three quarters in 2015, but finished the year, overall strong. (Courtesy of FirstEnergy)
FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy to offer discount it says will undercut NOPEC’s rates

AKRON — “A little more than four months after their highly publicized split, Akron-based FirstEnergy Solutions and the Solon-based Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council are in full competition mode. With a new discount for customers, FirstEnergy may have just fired the initial shot of their first major battle — one […]

City of Cincinnati chooses 100% renewable energy- again!
Energy / Renewable Energy

City of Cincinnati chooses 100% renewable energy- again!

CINCINNATI-  On March 14, the City of Cincinnati announced it had chosen Dynegy to provide electric service for all city residents, as part of its electric aggregation program. Dynegy provided the lowest-cost choice in both “brown” and “green” options. Cincinnati opted for the “green” option, utilizing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) […]

Ohio Citizen Action joins opposition to HB 114
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio Citizen Action joins opposition to HB 114

COLUMBUS — The House is likely to pass a bill weakening Ohio’s clean-energy standards next week, but opponents are lining up for a battle in the Senate. Here is a partial list of those who testified both for and against the bill: You can read all of the individual testimony […]