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In this Aug. 3, 2014, file photo, the water intake crib for the city of Toledo, Ohio, is surrounded by an algae bloom on Lake Erie, about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative program that may be on the Trump administration’s chopping block has funded work in Ohio to slow down Lake Erie’s toxic algae. A draft of the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget proposal obtained by The Associated Press shows the Great Lakes fund is one of several programs targeted for big cuts. (Haraz N. Ghanbari, File/Associated Press)
Energy / Great Lakes

Great Lakes fund has aided Ohio’s algae fight, river cleanup

TOLEDO — “A Great Lakes cleanup program that may be on the Trump administration’s chopping block has plunked money into fighting Lake Erie’s toxic algae and putting new life into Ohio’s polluted rivers. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative also has spent millions on cleaning up beaches and restoring wetlands that […]

FirstEnergy’s dim idea
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy’s dim idea

TOLEDO — “FirstEnergy thinks its Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants are so wonderful that Ohioans should pay 5 percent more on their electric bills for the privilege of sharing a state with them. …FirstEnergy also argues that unlike facilities that rely on wind and sunlight, nuclear plants operate around […]

AEP wants you to pay more every month before you even turn on your lights
AEP / Energy

AEP wants you to pay more every month before you even turn on your lights

COLUMBUS — American Electric Power (AEP) recently rolled out a proposal to increase upfront, mandatory residential fixed fees, called the “customer charge”, from a current $8.40 to $13.40 per month, and another increase in 2018 to $18.40 per month —  a whopping 119% increase. This means instead of paying $100.80, […]

FirstEnergy's nuclear subsidy proposal cannot be found on the company's website.
FirstEnergy / Utilities

FirstEnergy rate increase for nuclear still shadowy but opponents lining up

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy’s plan to convince Ohio lawmakers they should save the company’s nuclear reactors by funneling more money from customers to the company has still not seen the legislative light of day. But for certain, the company has shopped its proposal to key lawmakers with a full-color, professional-looking, authoritative […]

Ohio wind farm development has stalled with the two-year freeze on rules requiring power companies to provide more green power every year. Lawmakers have now decided to make the mandates voluntary for another two years. Gov. John Kasich has threatened to veto the bill. (Plain Dealer file photo)
AEP / Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio GOP lawmakers aim to kill wind, solar mandates, endorse competitive markets

CLEVELAND — “The Republican majority in the Ohio House is moving again to get rid of the state’s renewable energy rules. In a bill sponsored by a Cincinnati Republican and released late Tuesday, the House would make voluntary the mandates that now require power companies to generate or buy and […]

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

Natural gas industry gains steam

Coal, nuclear plants are no longer competitive in Ohio TOLEDO —  “During his address to Congress last week, President Trump repeated his campaign promises about restoring the U.S. coal industry to its former prominence. But an electronic map that can pinpoint every Ohio power plant fueled by either natural gas […]

The Energy Star logo is placed on energy-efficient products. (Public Domain)
Energy

The Energy Star program is good for the climate and the economy. Trump wants to kill it anyway

WASHINGTON, DC — “A new White House proposal would slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 24 percent and eliminate 38 of its programs. One of the programs on the kill list is the Energy Star program, an initiative that experts say is as much about saving money as it […]

Advocates say industrial lobbyists play outsized role in blocking Ohio clean energy
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Advocates say industrial lobbyists play outsized role in blocking Ohio clean energy

COLUMBUS —”Ohio lawmakers may be relying upon an industrial energy lobbying group more than they should, a watchdog group suggests after reviewing emails between lobbyists and legislators. Industrial Energy Users-Ohio is an organization made up mostly of large manufacturers that has opposed expanding the state’s clean energy standards in recent […]

Solar jobs up, coal jobs down in Ohio, West Virginia
Energy / Renewable Energy

Solar jobs up, coal jobs down in Ohio, West Virginia

WHEELING, WV — “West Virginia lost 7,296 coal mining jobs from 2012 to 2015, the same period during which the number working in the solar power industry across the U.S. nearly doubled. As West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania continue losing coal jobs, the number of solar power workers jumped by […]

Crain’s editorial: Power play
Energy / FirstEnergy

Crain’s editorial: Power play

CLEVELAND — “There’s no doubt FirstEnergy Corp. finds itself in a serious financial crunch. But Ohio legislators should proceed with caution when it comes to the Akron company’s desire for so-called “zero emission credits” (ZEC) for its nuclear plants in the state. FirstEnergy reported a loss of $6.2 billion, or […]