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The Energy Star logo is placed on energy-efficient products. (Public Domain)
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The Energy Star program is good for the climate and the economy. Trump wants to kill it anyway

WASHINGTON, DC — “A new White House proposal would slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 24 percent and eliminate 38 of its programs. One of the programs on the kill list is the Energy Star program, an initiative that experts say is as much about saving money as it […]

Advocates say industrial lobbyists play outsized role in blocking Ohio clean energy
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Advocates say industrial lobbyists play outsized role in blocking Ohio clean energy

COLUMBUS —”Ohio lawmakers may be relying upon an industrial energy lobbying group more than they should, a watchdog group suggests after reviewing emails between lobbyists and legislators. Industrial Energy Users-Ohio is an organization made up mostly of large manufacturers that has opposed expanding the state’s clean energy standards in recent […]

Solar jobs up, coal jobs down in Ohio, West Virginia
Energy / Renewable Energy

Solar jobs up, coal jobs down in Ohio, West Virginia

WHEELING, WV — “West Virginia lost 7,296 coal mining jobs from 2012 to 2015, the same period during which the number working in the solar power industry across the U.S. nearly doubled. As West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania continue losing coal jobs, the number of solar power workers jumped by […]

Crain’s editorial: Power play
Energy / FirstEnergy

Crain’s editorial: Power play

CLEVELAND — “There’s no doubt FirstEnergy Corp. finds itself in a serious financial crunch. But Ohio legislators should proceed with caution when it comes to the Akron company’s desire for so-called “zero emission credits” (ZEC) for its nuclear plants in the state. FirstEnergy reported a loss of $6.2 billion, or […]

FirstEnergy's Perry nuclear plant. Photo By
Wainstead / Creative Commons
Energy / FirstEnergy

New Ohio ‘bailout’ request shakes up nuclear/carbon debate

CLEVELAND — “The growing debate over nuclear power’s role in curbing emissions is running headlong into an ongoing controversy over “bailouts” for Ohio’s largest utility. FirstEnergy, which has previously sought support for noncompetitive power plants, is now asking Ohio lawmakers for ‘zero emission credits’ for its aging nuclear plants. Environmental […]

Act now Cincinnati, to keep your energy 100% clean and green
Cincinnati Electric and Gas Aggregation / Energy

Act now Cincinnati, to keep your energy 100% clean and green

CINCINNATI — Ever since the city of Cincinnati formed an electricity buying group for all residents in 2012, we’ve been able to get better prices. This process, called “aggregation” also allowed us to negotiate with competing suppliers to provide electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar, instead of buying […]

Carbon capture equipment at NRG’s power generating station southwest of Houston. Credit: Michael Stravato for The New York Times
Coal / Energy

Coal industry casts itself as a clean energy player

WASHINGTON, DC — “Seeking to shore up their struggling industry, the coal producers are voicing greater concern about greenhouse gas emissions. Their goal is to frame a new image for coal as a contributor, not an obstacle, to a clean-energy future — an image intended to foster their legislative agenda. […]

Future of power plants is pricey concern for investors
Energy / FirstEnergy

Future of power plants is pricey concern for investors

COLUMBUS — “Investors putting billions of dollars into natural gas-fired electric plants in Ohio say they’re concerned state legislators might make their investments virtually worthless by re-regulating the state’s electric industry. ‘They want to kick us out of Ohio,’ contends Bill Siderewicz, president of Clean Energy Future, a Boston company […]

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station (Credit: NRC)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy talks bankruptcy and need for bailout of its nuclear plants

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp. executives used two words a lot when discussing the company’s financial position and its plans to exit the nuclear power business when they spoke with analysts Wednesday, Feb. 22: ‘bankruptcy’ and ‘billions.’ The Akron-based company might be working to position itself for better treatment from state […]

The Perry nuclear power plant east of Cleveland is one of four reactors that FirstEnergy is preparing to sell or shut down because atomic energy, once "too cheap to meter," is often now more expensive that power generated by high-tech combined-cycle gas turbines. The FirstEnergy subsidiary which owns the power plants is today worth less than its combined long-term debt. (Credit: Plain Dealer file photo)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy Corp. to sell or close its nuclear plants

AKRON — “FirstEnergy made it clear Wednesday that it is leaving the competitive power plant business, closing or selling all of its plants, including its nuclear plants, by the middle of next year. The sale of the nuclear plants to another company would have little immediate impact on customer bills. […]