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Ohio bill would create nonprofit to promote advanced nuclear research
Nuclear Energy / Research & Reports / Uncategorized

Ohio bill would create nonprofit to promote advanced nuclear research

“Ohio House Rep. Dick Stein, R-Norwalk, introduced the Advanced Nuclear Technology Helping Energize Mankind (ANTHEM) Act last week. The bill would set up a nonprofit Ohio nuclear development authority to promote advanced nuclear reactor technology, nuclear waste reduction, isotope extraction and related activities. It has 17 co-sponsors, all Republicans. ‘The intent is […]

FirstEnergy seeks bailout for 60-year-old Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Utilities

State bailout of FirstEnergy Solutions would raise electric prices, stymie future gas plants

CLEVELAND — “William Siderewicz, whose companies built gas turbine power plants in Lordstown and Oregon, near Toledo, says he has all of the permits and a portion of the funding needed to build two more turbine plants next door to the plants he completed last year. But potential investors are […]

Huge proposed solar array at stake in PUCO case
AEP / Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Utilities

Huge proposed solar array at stake in PUCO case

  DAYTON — “If approved, the Highland solar farm would be the biggest such facility in Ohio. ‘Renewable energy is a good thing,’ said the consumers’ counsel’s brief filed Wednesday. ‘But AEP’s proposal to re-monopolize power plants in Ohio is an illegal thing. Under Ohio’s deregulation law, an AEP proposal […]

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.  photo: United States Department of Energy
FirstEnergy / Utilities

Rescuing PA nuclear power plants could come with conditions

HARRISBURG, PA — “Opponents to a nuclear power rescue are already lined up. They include anti-nuclear activists, the AARP, business groups including the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association and the state’s considerable natural gas industry groups. A bailout, opponents say, means investing in outdated, inefficient and expensive power plants to supply a […]

A chart from the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report shows U.S. energy carbon dioxide emissions and gross domestic product.
Coal / Energy

Emissions and economic growth don’t have to be in lockstep, report shows

The economy can grow while emissions from fossil fuels fall, but policy matters, said experts at an international science conference this month. FALMOUTH, MA — “‘Decreasing use of fossil fuels has the largest implications for reducing greenhouse gases,’ said Richard Birdsey, senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center in […]

Credit: Midwest Energy News
Energy / Renewable Energy

100% renewable energy needs lots of storage. This Polar Vortex test showed how much.

Energy analysts used power demand data from the Midwest’s January deep freeze and wind and solar conditions to find the gaps in an all-renewable power grid. EDINBURGH, UK— “In the depths of the deep freeze late last month, nearly every power plant in the Eastern and Central U.S. that could run […]

FirstEnergy made money in 2018 after cutting ties with bankrupt FirstEnergy Solutions
Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

FirstEnergy made money in 2018 after cutting ties with bankrupt FirstEnergy Solutions

AKRON — FirstEnergy Corp. made a net profit of $981 million in 2018 after paying expenses and taxes. Total sales were $11.3 billion. The earnings, reported after the stock markets closed Tuesday, are a dramatic turn around from the $1.7 billion in losses the company reported for 2017 on power […]

Timber Road II wind project in western Ohio. 
Photo by David Grant / Creative Commons
AEP / Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

AEP to spend $1B for stakes in seven wind farms

COLUMBUS — “AEP Corp. is forging ahead with plans to grow its renewable energy business. The Columbus-based utility announced after markets closed Tuesday that its competitive renewable energy subsidiary has signed an agreement to acquire Sempra Renewables LLC, which controls stakes in seven wind farms and 724 megawatts of wind power, […]

Members of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio meet in March 2018. photo: PUCO
Energy / Renewable Energy

Ohio clean energy groups will seek recusals from PUCO nominee

Industry group lobbyist Sam Randazzo has represented several groups before the regulatory board COLUMBUS — “Randazzo himself raised the question of recusals when he opposed Democrat Howard Petricoff for a seat on the PUCO in 2016. Petricoff had represented wind industry clients, as well as some companies that favor a shift to […]

Justice Department, Ohio AG warn FirstEnergy Solutions and FirstEnergy on environmental obligations
Coal / FirstEnergy

Justice Department, Ohio AG warn FirstEnergy Solutions and FirstEnergy on environmental obligations

CLEVELAND — “The U.S. Department of Justice fired a warning shot this week across the bow of FirstEnergy Solutions and its path toward restructuring itself free of past debt and other obligations. The warning did not leave out parent company FirstEnergy, which negotiated a deal with FES and creditors last summer […]