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GOP hints at major changes it would make to Kasich budget proposal
Energy

GOP hints at major changes it would make to Kasich budget proposal

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, which represents more than 4 million residential utility customers, is still on deck to see its power and clout curtailed. The Kasich administration called for a 50 percent funding cut to the OCC. The House also wants to restrict positions the counsel can take […]

Natural gas more crucial than ever
Baard Energy / Coal / Energy

Natural gas more crucial than ever

WARREN — “Now that the multi-billion-dollar Baard Energy project in Columbiana County is pretty much dead, the Mahoning Valley’s effort to turn natural gas into an economic heyday becomes more important. Although Baard’s coal liquification plant was to be constructed in and around Wellsville, the impact of what was once […]

LG&E, KU may retire coal-fired units
Coal / Energy

LG&E, KU may retire coal-fired units

LOUISVILLE, KY —Mirroring a national trend toward cleaner air, Louisville Gas and Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities are making initial plans to retire coal-burning units at three aging power plants within five years, including the Cane Run station in western Louisville. According to long-range planning documents filed late last week […]

Guest column: 51% budget cut would handicap performance
Energy

Guest column: 51% budget cut would handicap performance

COLUMBUS — “The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) was established in 1976 as the sole statutory representative of Ohio’s electric, natural gas, telephone and water residential customers. Our office has a great story to tell about benefits the OCC has provided all utility customers to ensure utility rates […]

Make AEP pay now, PUCO told
AEP / Energy

Make AEP pay now, PUCO told

Advocate wants $175 million rate reduction, or refund COLUMBUS — “If the choice is pay me now or pay me later, American Electric Power customers should get immediate rate relief, the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel told state regulators yesterday. In a filing with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, the Consumers’ […]

Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspecting radiation incident involving workers at Perry
Energy / FirstEnergy

Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspecting radiation incident involving workers at Perry

PERRY — “Workers refueling the Perry nuclear power plant were exposed briefly to unexpectedly high radiation, federal regulators said Tuesday. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday sent a team of radiation safety inspectors to the Lake County power plant owned by FirstEnergy Corp. The inspectors want to to figure out […]

Dayton Power & Light deal prompts stock rush; rates won’t change
Dayton Power & Light / Energy

Dayton Power & Light deal prompts stock rush; rates won’t change

Dayton utility being purchased for $4.7 billion DAYTON — “The Miami Valley’s residential and business electricity consumers won’t feel any immediate impact from Wednesday’s announcement that Dayton Power and Light Co.’s corporate parent is to be sold to a global energy company with operations on five continents… The deal requires […]

IMPACT: In Philadelphia, plea for safer alternative at refinery
Energy

IMPACT: In Philadelphia, plea for safer alternative at refinery

No ‘off-site impact’ from clouds of toxic acid, Sunoco says — to skepticism PHILADELPHIA — The general manager of the Sunoco oil refinery here on Thursday defended his company’s decision to keep using an extremely toxic, cloud-forming acid, saying that in 40 years “there has not been a single, documented […]

Power-plant emissions bill dead, but not for long
Coal / Energy

Power-plant emissions bill dead, but not for long

CHICAGO — A proposal for Chicago to regulate exhaust from coal-fired power plants may be dying. But the bill’s sponsor, Ald. Joe Moore, 49th Ward, says it will come back to life soon. Moore’s legislation is stuck in a joint City Council committee chaired by Ald. Virginia Rugai, 19th, and […]

AEP / Energy

News release: Office of Consumers’ Counsel wins at Supreme Court on AEP electric security plan, protects customers from unlawful and unreasonable rate increases approved by the PUCO

COLUMBUS — “April 19, 2011 – In a major victory for residential utility customers, the Supreme Court of Ohio today unanimously agreed with the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) improperly allowed American Electric Power (AEP) to charge customers unlawful and […]