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Coal / Coal Ash / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy shareholders defeat enviro proposals

NEW YORK, NY — “The coal ash proposal received support from 36% of shareholder voting at the company’s annual meeting in Akron, according to company spokeswoman Tricia Ingraham. The coal reliance report got even less support — 31%, she said. While the meeting was going on, a rally sponsored by […]

Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Citizens urge Ohio Power Company to move toward clean energy

COLUMBUS — “Sandy Bihn, who lives near First Energy’s Bay Shore power plant in Northwest Ohio, says coal ash emitted from the plant has left a footprint in the community. ‘They have had through the years a street cleaner that goes down and takes the dirt off the streets ’cause […]

Senate must restore Ohio consumers’ counsel budget
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Senate must restore Ohio consumers’ counsel budget

CLEVELAND — “It doesn’t make sense to slash the consumers’ counsel’s budget by 51 percent when the agency is funded not by tax dollars, but by fees charged to utility companies. And I don’t understand why Republicans want to impose a gag order to bar the consumers’ counsel from speaking […]

Beaver County group joins rally at FirstEnergy meeting
Coal / FirstEnergy

Beaver County group joins rally at FirstEnergy meeting

AKRON — “The Beaver County-based Citizens Against Coal Ash group has been invited to participate in a clean energy rally outside the FirstEnergy stockholders meeting today in Akron. The invitation was extended by two environmentally focused stockholder groups, one based in Massachusetts and the other in California, who placed coal-related […]

Some state lawmakers want to gag the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel and slash her budget
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Some state lawmakers want to gag the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel and slash her budget

CLEVELAND — “Migden-Ostrander said the oddly restrictive language is a reaction to her office’s insistence that the gas utilities hold annual wholesale auctions to set a benchmark price for natural gas. Since the auctions began in 2006, the monthly variable price offered by Dominion East Ohio, for example, has been […]

Please call your Ohio Senator: Restore full funding for the Consumers’ Counsel
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Please call your Ohio Senator: Restore full funding for the Consumers’ Counsel

CLEVELAND – The House-passed State budget bill is now before the Ohio Senate, and it is not too late to fix the provisions gutting the Office of Consumers’ Counsel. Please call your State Senator today and tell them you want the Consumers’ Counsel fully funded, including the consumers help center, […]

Gag on Ohio’s consumers’ counsel blasted
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Gag on Ohio’s consumers’ counsel blasted

COLUMBUS — “The plan, now being considered by the Senate as part of the state budget bill, says the counsel cannot take a position contrary to further deregulation of the natural-gas market. It is part of a measure that also would cut the agency’s $8.5million budget by 51 percent. Since […]

Gutting OCC’s budget makes one question whom Gov. Kasich and state legislators are serving — certainly not Ohioans
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Gutting OCC’s budget makes one question whom Gov. Kasich and state legislators are serving — certainly not Ohioans

CLEVELAND — “While these politicians are forcing a reduction of the OCC’s budget by more than 50 percent (which is not even funded through the state budget), they are also moving to prevent it from questioning actions of specific public utilities within Ohio. It appears to me that their actions […]

No gag order
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No gag order

To serve Ohioans, Consumer’s Counsel must be free to speak COLUMBUS — “Language inserted in the budget bill passed by House Republicans last week forbids the consumers’ counsel from criticizing the state’s efforts to develop competitive energy markets: “The counsel shall not advocate … any position contrary to the development […]

Can we realistically retire coal plants and still have enough power to meet our needs?
Coal / Energy

Can we realistically retire coal plants and still have enough power to meet our needs?

GLASTONBERY, CT — “The shortest answer is yes, we can meet our country’s electricity needs while retiring coal plants. And replacing coal plants with cleaner sources of energy is not only critical for slowing global warming and saving lives, but it also makes financial sense for ratepayers. Many of the […]