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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, […]

Utilities pivot from power plants to grid work for profits
Energy

Utilities pivot from power plants to grid work for profits

RALEIGH, NC — “Electric utilities are pouring billions of dollars into a race to prevent terrorists or enemy governments from shutting down the power grid and everything that depends on electricity in America’s hyper-connected society. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security detailed last month how Russian hackers have targeted the […]

Advocates seek assurance on decommissioning funds for FirstEnergy nuclear plants
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Advocates seek assurance on decommissioning funds for FirstEnergy nuclear plants

AKRON — “Environmental advocates have jumped another hurdle in their quest to make sure FirstEnergy and its subsidiaries provide enough funding for safe closure of their nuclear power plants. On August 2, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission made an initial recommendation to accept the Environmental Law & Policy Center’s petition for review on […]

Ohio Valley Electric Corp.'s 1,304-megawatt Clifty Creek coal plant in Madison, Ind. Crowezr/Wikipedia
AEP / Coal / Energy / Solar Energy

Coal subsidy, solar project tangled in case before Ohio Supreme Court

COLUMBUS — “The fate of a pair of 1950s-era coal plants and the largest solar project ever proposed in Ohio are entangled in a single case before the state’s Supreme Court. American Electric Power agreed to build the 400-megawatt solar project in Appalachian Ohio as part of a controversial settlement […]

Mayking Fire Chief Tony Fugate (left) and the volunteer fire department's treasurer, Buddy Sexton, speak to residents about their station's rising electricity costs during an Aug. 2 public meeting. Credit: James Bruggers/InsideClimate News
Coal / Energy

Cost of Coal: Electric bills skyrocket in Appalachia as region’s economy collapses

As natural gas and renewables get cheaper elsewhere, residents in Appalachia are stuck paying for coal-fired power plants that no longer make economic sense WHITESBURG, Kentucky — Buddy Sexton opened a community meeting about the financial troubles of local volunteer fire departments with his head bowed: “Let people understand what […]

Crain’s editorial: Power play
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Crain’s editorial: Power play

CLEVELAND — “It has been a summer of introspection and discussion about what it will take to push Cleveland’s economy in more of an innovative direction and into a higher gear. One project that represents both just received a key state approval and, while it’s still far from becoming a reality, […]