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Sabrina Eaton, The Plain Dealer
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FirstEnergy CEO decries ‘war on coal’ in U.S. Chamber of Commerce speech

WASHINGTON, DC — “Government interference in the electricity marketplace is stifling the growth and use of electricity and picking winners and losers, FirstEnergy Corp. President and CEO Anthony J. Alexander told a U.S. Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday. Alexander, who since 2004 has headed the Akron-based utility that serves […]

Ohio GOP bill would freeze state energy efficiency and renewable energy at current levels
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Ohio GOP bill would freeze state energy efficiency and renewable energy at current levels

COLUMBUS —”The Ohio Senate Republican leadership introduced legislation Friday that freezes the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy mandates at this year’s levels. The proposed legislation — Senate Bill 310 –  would also create a special committee — the Energy Mandates Study Committee. That committee is to determine by Dec. 15, […]

Ohio renewable energy and energy efficiency mandates under attack
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Ohio renewable energy and energy efficiency mandates under attack

COLUMBUS — “On the eve of an expected GOP-led blitz to freeze state mandates requiring utilities to use more renewable energy and to help customers cut consumption through energy efficiency, FirstEnergy has been circulating a form letter to commercial and industrial customers urging them to lobby lawmakers to amend the efficiency […]

FirstEnergy's Eastlake power plant coal-fired boilers will close this fall but the facility will live on with two "synchronous condensers," high-tech equipment that will help stabilize power flows over the regional grid.
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FirstEnergy to close Eastlake and Lake Shore power plants

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp. will close its Eastlake and downtown Lake Shore power plants this fall rather than next year as planned. All 165 employees will be offered jobs at other facilities. About 15 to 20 will remain at Eastlake to operate new electronic equipment designed to keep power flows […]

The Perry Nuclear Power Plant can be seen in the distance from a beach in Painesville Township. The plant reported a tritium leak on Tuesday morning.
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Perry nuclear power plant is leaking radioactive water, danger minimal

PERRY — “The Perry nuclear power plant is leaking tritium, a radioactive form of water with a half-life of more than 12 years. The radioactive water has been found in groundwater at concentrations more than twice the federal drinking water limit outside of a building where the leak was discovered […]

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The Bruce Mansfield Power Station in Shippingport, Pa., is owned by FirstEnergy. Philip G. Pavely/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, via Associated Press
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Under investor pressure, utility to study emissions

NEW YORK, NY — “FirstEnergy, one of the country’s largest electric companies, has agreed to work toward reducing its carbon emissions in response to pressure from shareholders including New York State and Connecticut pension funds, New York Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said on Tuesday. The company, which operates in six […]

PUCO orders FirstEnergy to pay back $43 million to customers
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PUCO orders FirstEnergy to pay back $43 million to customers

COLUMBUS — “State regulators Wednesday ordered FirstEnergy Corp. to credit its Ohio customers $43.3 million it overcharged them for renewable energy between 2009 and 2011. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s order comes nearly two years after the agency opened an investigation into allegations that the company overpaid for electricity […]

Coal power generation is being cut. Will natural gas be next?
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Coal power generation is being cut. Will natural gas be next?

NEW YORK, NY — “The old saying used to be: ‘If you can’t beat them, join them.’ It turns out that it doesn’t quite work out that way all the time. At least that’s the case for FirstEnergy, which is shutting down two coal-fired power plants due to low natural gas […]

FirstEnergy to close more coal-fired power plants
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FirstEnergy to close more coal-fired power plants

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp. is planning to close two additional coal-fired power plants rather than clean them up to meet federal mercury emission standards in the face of continued low demand that is expected to depress power prices. The company announced today that it expects to close Hatfield’s Ferry Power […]

FirstEnergy is converting its Eastlake power plant’s generators
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FirstEnergy is converting its Eastlake power plant’s generators

EASTLAKE — “FirstEnergy’s decision to close some of its smaller coal-fired power plants rather upgrade their pollution controls may ultimately make the high-voltage grid in Northeast Ohio more stable. This is because some of the doomed generators won’t exactly be going away. Instead, they will be re-purposed — rewired and […]