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FirstEnergy skeptical about proposed mercury rules
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FirstEnergy skeptical about proposed mercury rules

MORGANTOWN, WV — “FirstEnergy is skeptical about proposed federal rules to regulate mercury emissions from power plants, a spokesman for the utility said. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules last week that would for the first time regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants, including limiting mercury, lead, arsenic and acid […]

Kasich’s budget would cut 95% of clean-coal agency
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Kasich’s budget would cut 95% of clean-coal agency

Office pays for coal scrubbers, research COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority boasted in a special anniversary report in August that it had been ‘clearing the air for 40 years.’ For an agency that has spent millions of dollars on ‘clean coal’ research and helped power companies and […]

Muzzling a watchdog
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Muzzling a watchdog

TOLEDO — “Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to gut the operating budget of Ohio’s consumer advocate for utility issues seems aimed less at achieving necessary economies than rewarding interests that supported his campaign. It shouldn’t happen. The proposal in the governor’s budget to cut funding for the Office of the Ohio […]

Office of Consumers’ Counsel cut is a glaring error in Kasich’s budget
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Office of Consumers’ Counsel cut is a glaring error in Kasich’s budget

COLUMBUS — “Kasich’s slash-and burn attack on the budget of the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel — charged with protecting the interests of electric, gas, water and phone customers — is aimed at an agency that has zero impact on the budget yet a big impact on customers’ utility […]

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel budget cut might not save money
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Ohio Consumers’ Counsel budget cut might not save money

COLUMBUS — “It may seem counterintuitive, but a spending cut in Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget might not save taxpayers money. Kasich has proposed cutting more than half the funding for the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel. His plan would reduce the agency’s budget for the two-year period beginning […]

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