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Catherine Turcer: “Utilities are driving Kasich’s bus”
Energy

Catherine Turcer: “Utilities are driving Kasich’s bus”

COLUMBUS – Catherine Turcer, Director of Ohio Citizen Action’s Money in Politics Project, today called “outrageous” Gov. Kasich’s proposed 50% cut in the Office of Consumers’ Counsel budget. In a statement released today, Turcer said: Two days after being elected Governor last year, John Kasich made headlines with tough talk […]

Proposed cuts to Ohio public utilities consumer watchdog group brings criticism
Energy

Proposed cuts to Ohio public utilities consumer watchdog group brings criticism

COLUMBUS — “The office charged with protecting Ohio’s consumers in utility cases could face substantial cuts in Gov. John Kasich’s new state budget, a move that is drawing criticism nationwide. Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander says the attempt to cut her budget by more than half would force significant staff […]

Feds propose air-pollution limits for coal-fired power plants
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Feds propose air-pollution limits for coal-fired power plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Federal environmental authorities say proposed rules to cut air pollution at coal-fired power plants would save lives and cut health-care costs. To meet the standards, including cutting mercury pollution by 91 percent, power companies in Ohio and nationwide would have to install more scrubbers and filters. Some […]

Statement from the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel
Energy

Statement from the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel

In response to 50 percent cut in agency budget for next fiscal biennium COLUMBUS — “March 15, 2011 – In response to today’s announcement for a 50 percent budget cut for the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the state advocate for more than 4.5 million residential customer households, Consumers’ Counsel […]

FirstEnergy to sell Fremont plant to American Municipal Power For $485 million
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FirstEnergy to sell Fremont plant to American Municipal Power For $485 million

FREMONT — Diversified energy company FirstEnergy Corp. Monday announced a definitive deal to sell its Fremont, Ohio-based natural gas combined cycle generation plant Fremont Energy Center to American Municipal Power, Inc. for about $485 million. The companies had signed a Memorandum of Understanding last month for the transaction, which is […]

Coal / Energy

Air pollution per unit of energy by coal and natural gas power plants

Coal plant Natural gas plant Difference Carbon Monoxide 208 lbs 40 lbs – 81% Nitrogen Oxides 457 lbs 92 lbs – 80% Sulfur Dioxide 2,591 lbs 0.6 lbs – 99.98% Soot 2,744 lbs 7 lbs – 99.75% Formaldehyde 0.221 lbs 0.75 lbs + 339% Mercury 0.016 lbs 0 lbs – […]

Davis-Besse to flip its second lid in 2012
FirstEnergy

Davis-Besse to flip its second lid in 2012

Replacement of the reactor vessel head will start in October 2011 OAK HARBOR — “FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company’s Davis-Besse 893 MW PWR at Oak harbor, OH, near Toledo, will enter a fuel outage in October 2011, which is earlier than called for in the usual outage schedule. During this outage, […]

Stark’s Snitchler will face full agenda at utility agency
Energy

Stark’s Snitchler will face full agenda at utility agency

Former state representative to help decide FirstEnergy cases as PUCO chairman AKRON — “Among the cases Snitchler and other PUCO commissioners will be deciding are several involving FirstEnergy Corp. of Akron, which on Friday became the nation’s largest electric utility based on customers after its merger with Allegheny Energy. Snitchler […]

Davis Besse’s long-term future still uncertain
FirstEnergy

Davis Besse’s long-term future still uncertain

PORT CLINTON — “The operating license for the Davis Besse nuclear power plant expires in 2017. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering extending that license for an additional 20 years but a handful of citizens’ groups do not want that to happen. ‘This plant has one of the worst records in […]

An outline history: Ohio Citizen Action and FirstEnergy
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An outline history: Ohio Citizen Action and FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy was founded as the Cleveland Electric Light Company in 1884. By the early years of the 20th century, it was clear that its monopoly power was a danger to the public. Two approaches were pursued to rein in the company. The first approach followed Cleveland Mayor Tom L. Johnson’s […]