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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 […]

Plan to rebuke utility debated
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Plan to rebuke utility debated

McNamara criticizes FirstEnergy’s response on solar TOLEDO — “Toledo City Councilman Joe McNamara’s plan to hold FirstEnergy Corp. accountable for its lack of investment in solar energy got a mixed reaction from the city’s utilities and public service committee Monday but was sent up to the full council for consideration. […]

What’s the problem with FirstEnergy’s dirty old Lake Erie coal plants?
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What’s the problem with FirstEnergy’s dirty old Lake Erie coal plants?

Our nation is in the midst of a transition away from dependence on coal-fired electricity. Markets are shifting as coal is replaced by natural gas, as the country moves away from the deplorable practice of mountaintop removal coal mining, as states adopt standards for energy efficiency and renewable energy, and […]

FirstEnergy Corp. and Allegheny Energy are now one company
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FirstEnergy Corp. and Allegheny Energy are now one company

CLEVELAND — “The nation’s biggest power company is now based in Akron, but whether it’s good or bad for Ohioans is a matter of perspective… [FirstEnergy spokeswoman Ellen] Raines said that bringing Allegheny’s newer coal-fired power plants under FirstEnergy’s control bodes well for the company’s ability to generate more power, […]

FirstEnergy Corp. to become second-biggest power company; merger with Allegheny Energy gets final approval
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FirstEnergy Corp. to become second-biggest power company; merger with Allegheny Energy gets final approval

AKRON — “The merger and absorption of Allegheny will give FirstEnergy control of four very large coal-fired power plants that are newer than FirstEnergy’s own fleet. The big plants, three of which each produce more power than the Perry nuclear power plant, will more easily meet anticipated tougher environmental air […]

FirstEnergy chided for missing solar benchmarks
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FirstEnergy chided for missing solar benchmarks

TOLEDO — “Toledo needs FirstEnergy Corp. to get serious about solar energy, according to a city councilman who Thursday called for a public rebuke of the utility for its failure to meet state-required investment benchmarks. Councilman Joe McNamara told reporters FirstEnergy’s reluctance to embrace solar is costing Toledo jobs, a […]

Coal / Coal Ash / FirstEnergy

EPA releases plans of utilities

FirstEnergy, others outline actions that will be taken to make coal ash impoundments safer AKRON — “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday released plans developed by FirstEnergy Corp. and 14 other electric utilities describing what steps will be taken to make coal ash impoundments safer. The Akron utility, in […]

FirstEnergy says it will buy wind farm’s electricity
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FirstEnergy says it will buy wind farm’s electricity

Turbines being erected in western Ohio TOLEDO — “A FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary has agreed to buy the electricity produced by 50 of at least 152 wind turbines being erected in Paulding and Van Wert counties in western Ohio, the state’s first large-scale wind farm under construction. FirstEnergy Solutions has entered […]

Roadmaps to new power: Interview with Rory McIlmoil, “Tesla of the coalfields” on green jobs
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Roadmaps to new power: Interview with Rory McIlmoil, “Tesla of the coalfields” on green jobs

MORGANTOWN, WV — “Is the EPA destroying the coalfield economies? Will good green jobs come to the coalfields? Ask Rory. Or, as GOP members of the US House Commerce and Energy and their Big Coal-bankrolled colleagues continue their wildly misinformed banter this week on the economic impact of the EPA’s […]

‘Angry and stunned’: AMP abandons Meigs project
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‘Angry and stunned’: AMP abandons Meigs project

COLUMBUS — “American Municipal Power has announced its abandoning plans to develop its Letart Falls site in Meigs County into a natural gas combined-cycle generation plant in favor of buying one in Fremont, Ohio. In a press release issued Wednesday afternoon, AMP announced it has entered into a non-binding memorandum […]