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Pairing Wind + Solar for Cheaper, 24-Hour Renewable Energy
Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Pairing Wind + Solar for Cheaper, 24-Hour Renewable Energy

A unique power project in Ohio will take advantage of solar’s midday burst of energy and wind’s all-day power to provide more consistent clean energy to the grid. LIMA — “Along a country road east of Lima, Ohio, a company is preparing to build one of the world’s largest renewable […]

Choosing Ohio’s next Governor
Energy / Voter Engagement Work

Choosing Ohio’s next Governor

Wealthy people influence government and elections through powerful institutions like banking, insurance, real estate, healthcare, manufacturing and of course energy and utility companies. But powerful people don’t always agree. Some favor supporting Republicans, while others favor Democrats; many support both parties just to be safe. They think of the hundreds […]

FirstEnergy's downtown Akron headquarters.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Bankruptcy court OKs FirstEnergy Solutions settlement, setting stage for reorganization

AKRON — “U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Alan Koschik said late Tuesday that he will approve a complicated settlement of financial issues between FirstEnergy and its bankrupt subsidiary FirsrtEnergy Solutions. FirstEnergy will make a settlement payment of $225 million to FES and issue $628 million in notes for the subsidiary that will […]

100% Renewable Energy: Cleveland Sets a Big Goal as It Sheds Its Fossil Fuel Past
Energy / FirstEnergy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

100% Renewable Energy: Cleveland Sets a Big Goal as It Sheds Its Fossil Fuel Past

Cleveland joins more than 80 U.S. cities that have committed to get all their electricity from renewable sources. But in Ohio, that might be easier said than done. CLEVELAND — “Cleveland, Ohio, which has worked for years to reinvent itself as it sheds its industrial past, has become the latest major […]

Lake Erie offshore wind project vows extra bird, wildlife protections
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Lake Erie offshore wind project vows extra bird, wildlife protections

The developer of the offshore wind demonstration will use bird-safe lighting and seasonal curtailment, among other methods CLEVELAND — “A pact with environmental groups over wildlife protections and monitoring puts a Lake Erie offshore wind project one step closer to construction. Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation, or LEEDCo, hopes to […]

Company suspected of using plant closures to get subsidies
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Company suspected of using plant closures to get subsidies

WASHINGTON, DC — “FirstEnergy Solutions, the power plant division of FirstEnergy Corp., filed for bankruptcy protection in April. The company has aggressively lobbied Washington for a federal lifeline for its ailing coal and nuclear facilities, which have been weighed down by low wholesale power prices and stiff competition from natural […]

The General James M. Gavin coal plant in southeast Ohio. Photo by: Analog Kid / Creative Commons
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Advocates: Trump’s coal-friendly power plan will hurt Ohio’s health

Citing the administration’s own analysis, environmental advocates say the Clean Power Plan replacement will ‘make things worse.’ WASHINGTON, DC — “Ohioans likely face more early deaths, more asthma attacks and higher electric bills under the Trump administration’s plan to replace the Clean Power Plan, say environmental groups. Those conclusions come from the Environmental […]

Trump’s power plant plan can’t save coal from market forces
Coal / Energy

Trump’s power plant plan can’t save coal from market forces

The U.S. is on course for more coal plant closings as utilities shift to cheaper renewables and natural gas. Analysts say the administration can do little about it. WASHINGTON, DC — “The Trump administration’s proposal for rolling back federal power plant regulations could affect the short-term fate of some plants, […]

Duke moves to stop FirstEnergy Solutions from exiting Ohio co-op
Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Duke moves to stop FirstEnergy Solutions from exiting Ohio co-op

Consumer advocates are worried that a bankruptcy court decisionallowing FirstEnergy Solutions (FES) to withdraw from the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC), which operates a pair of coal plants, could wind up raising prices for retail consumers. Both OVEC and Duke Energy of Ohio, which owns a part of the power cooperative, have filed for a […]

Ohio PUC details utility reform roadmap in PowerForward initiative
AEP / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio PUC details utility reform roadmap in PowerForward initiative

The new roadmap, product of a year-long business model investigation, aims to create a level playing field for innovation on the utility distribution system. COLUMBUS — “How is a distribution system like an iPhone? That’s not a riddle; it’s a vision Ohio regulators have formed around the future of the grid, […]