Energy

Citizens debate rules on distance between wind farms and Their property
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Citizens debate rules on distance between wind farms and Their property

VAN WERT  — “The Wind Energy industry has been taking off in the Midwest. The number of wind farms in the region has doubled since 2011. In Ohio though, new development worth up to 1.6 billion dollars has stalled because of the debate over set-back rules, the guidelines that govern the distance between […]

How fossil fuel allies are tearing apart Ohio’s embrace of clean energy
Coal / Energy / Renewable Energy

How fossil fuel allies are tearing apart Ohio’s embrace of clean energy

With scare studies, policy drafts and political donations, industry groups turned Ohio lawmakers against policies they once overwhelmingly supported COLUMBUS — “On March 30, Bill Seitz, a charismatic Republican, took to the floor of the Ohio House to make a case for gutting a 2008 law designed to speed the […]

Duke Energy wants to more than triple the fixed charges on your bill
Duke Energy / Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

Duke Energy wants to more than triple the fixed charges on your bill

An electricity rate hike proposed by Duke Energy Ohio will force residential customers in the Cincinnati area to pay more than $200 more a year in fixed fees – before you even flip on a light switch. Duke’s proposal would raise the “customer charge” portion of residents’ bills – from […]

The extra contribution to sea level rise from Antarctica will not kick in if warming is kept at less than 1.9C above preindustrial levels, the researchers found. Photograph: IceBridge/Nasa
Climate Change / Coal / Energy

Sea levels to rise 1.3m unless coal power ends by 2050, report says

University of Melbourne paper combines latest understanding on Antarctica and current emissions projection scenarios MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — “Coastal cities around the world could be devastated by 1.3m of sea level rise this century unless coal-generated electricity is virtually eliminated by 2050, according to a new paper that combines the latest […]

Gas, wind, solar join to oppose Department of Energy’s proposal to save coal, nuclear plants
Coal / Energy / Nuclear Energy

Gas, wind, solar join to oppose Department of Energy’s proposal to save coal, nuclear plants

CLEVELAND — ” A Trump administration plan forcing wholesale electric markets to buy from FirstEnergy and other traditional power companies at above-market prices would violate federal law, destroy competition and lead to much-higher customer prices, contends a group of 20 trade groups representing natural gas, wind and solar power industries. …The trade […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant would survive under a U.S. Department of Energy plan to allow plant owner FirstEnergy to sell power into competitive wholesale markets at what it cost to make. The markets now focus on the lowest priced power, a practice that has lowered customer power prices but hurt the owner of large coal and nuclear plants, which cannot compete in today's markets. (Plain Dealer file )
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Subsidizing coal and nuclear power plants would not be legal, says PJM

CLEVELAND — “The independent company that manages competitive wholesale power markets in Ohio and 12 other states believes a federal proposal to subsidize the owners of old nuclear and coal plants is unworkable and would not even be legal. The U.S. Department of Energy proposal ‘is simply unworkable,’ said Andrew Ott, […]

The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, formerly operated by Entergy Corp., shut down in 2014 (Credit: Nuclear Regulatory Commission/Wikipedia).
Nuclear Energy

Nuclear: When a town loses its economic center

VERNON, VT — “Ask Tim Arsenault how life is changing in this tiny riverfront town, and he’ll tell you about the little things. The cops used to keep a 24-hour watch in Vernon. To save money, the town dialed it back to 20. The library’s budget just got cut by […]

Saving coal, nuclear plants pits FirstEnergy against PUCO before federal regulators
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Saving coal, nuclear plants pits FirstEnergy against PUCO before federal regulators

CLEVELAND — The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) will oppose a federal initiative aimed at coming up with a quick fix to the competitive problems of old coal and nuclear plants owned by FirstEnergy and other traditional utilities. PUCO on Friday voted to urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject […]

FirstEnergy nuclear charges still before lawmakers, opponents fight earlier increases at Supreme Court
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy nuclear charges still before lawmakers, opponents fight earlier increases at Supreme Court

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy’s legislative supporters have introduced a new bill in the Ohio House that would create special customer charges to subsidize the company’s nuclear power plants because they cannot compete with new ultra-efficient gas turbine power plants. House Bill 381 would cost customers less than an earlier proposal — […]

The Painesville, Ohio, power plant recently turned 125 years old.
Photo: Brian Bull, Ideastream
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

What does Trump’s clean power pullback mean For Ohio?

COLUMBUS — “It was one of Donald Trump’s biggest campaign rally cries when he was running for president – ending what he called the ‘war on coal.’ Now his EPA director Scott Pruitt says that’s exactly what the administration is doing by rolling back the Clean Power Plan, something both opponents […]