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Advocates: Don’t excuse FirstEnergy from safe closure, cleanup

Environmental groups want the bankruptcy court to keep FirstEnergy on the hook for decommissioning and cleanup. AKRON — “FirstEnergy Solutions’ bankruptcy should not excuse the company and its affiliates from the safe closure and cleanup of its power plants, environmental advocates say. A motion by four environmental groups asks the […]

FirstEnergy’s request for Trump relief draws more critics
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy’s request for Trump relief draws more critics

TOLEDO — “The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel has filed a formal protest with U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Alan M. Koschik about FirstEnergy’s request for an emergency order from Mr. Perry to ensure the utility’s nuclear and coal-fired power plants remain economically viable. Created by the Ohio General Assembly in 1976, the […]

Trump to save coal, nuclear plants that are unable to compete
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Trump to save coal, nuclear plants that are unable to compete

CLEVELAND — “The Trump Administration is moving to temporarily save old coal and nuclear plants like those owned by FirstEnergy. According to wire reports, the president has asked Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to create a ‘strategic electric generation reserve’ loosely patterned after the Strategic Petroleum Reserve created more than 40 […]

Ohio Valley Electric Corp.'s 1,304-megawatt Clifty Creek coal plant in Madison, Ind. Crowezr/Wikipedia
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Money pit or fuel hedge? In Midwest, it depends who’s paying

WASHINGTON, DC — “How can two companies tell a federal judge that the 60-year-old coal plants are a financial albatross and simultaneously argue to utility regulators that the plants are a good investment for consumers? And rely on the work of the same consultant? The answer depends on who’s paying […]

FirstEnergy must guarantee nuclear clean up, environmental groups tell feds
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy must guarantee nuclear clean up, environmental groups tell feds

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy’s power plant subsidiaries have not put enough money into federally mandated decommissioning trust funds to pay for the shutdown and cleanup of each of its four nuclear reactors, charges an environmental group with a reputation as a legally effective environmental advocate. The Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy […]

Ohio lawmakers fine-tune renewable energy mandates
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio lawmakers fine-tune renewable energy mandates

COLUMBUS — “Ohio utilities would still have to find more of their power from renewable sources like solar and wind but not as much as required by current law under a bill that could soon see a Senate vote. A revised version of House Bill 114 rolled out last week […]

Wind turbines in Germany. Photo by the Danish Wind Industry Association / Creative Commons
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Wind turbine setback reform gets mixed reaction, potentially pitting wind against clean energy advocates

CLEVELAND — “…other clean energy groups are not so sure they can support the Senate’s redraft because, while it does not eliminate the state’s renewable and efficiency mandates, it does water them down significantly. Neil Waggoner, spokesman for the Ohio chapter of the Sierra Club, said the bill as written poses […]

Top candidates for Ohio House speaker back bailouts for utilities that back their campaigns
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Top candidates for Ohio House speaker back bailouts for utilities that back their campaigns

COLUMBUS — “Larry Householder and Ryan Smith, the two front-runners in the race to replace Cliff Rosenberger as Ohio House speaker, have both signed onto bills that would bail out old and uncompetitive power plants owned by powerful electric utilities that have contributed money to their campaigns. Smith is a primary […]

Customers sound off after proposed DP&L fee hike
Dayton Power & Light / Fixed Rate Hikes

Customers sound off after proposed DP&L fee hike

DAYTON  — “Customers looking at the back of their Dayton Power and Light bill will a category listed as ‘delivery charges’.The customer charge listed there could triple under the utility’s company proposed fee hike. During a public hearing on the hike, Carl Moser, a DP&L customer, spoke out against the […]

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Dayton Power & Light / Fixed Rate Hikes

DP&L’s requested rate hike draws opposition

DAYTON — “Raising Dayton Power & Light’s fixed residential charges will hurt low-income Dayton residents and those who take steps to conserve energy, several witnesses told the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) in a public hearing Tuesday. …The increase will ‘force (DP&L’s) residential customers in Southwestern Ohio to pay […]