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Critics say Ohio pollution settlement ignores local impacts
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Critics say Ohio pollution settlement ignores local impacts

OREGON — “A Clean Water Act settlement related to that and two other small oil spills at FirstEnergy plants means that the company will pay a $125,000 fine and donate 200 acres of wetlands along Lake Erie in northeast Ohio to a land conservancy. The land targeted is about 60 […]

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Sequester blamed as AMP, FirstEnergy nix power plant

COLUMBUS — “American Municipal Power and FirstEnergy are scrapping plans to build jointly a gas-fired power plant in northeastern Ohio because of increased financing costs. The project in Eastlake, announced in November, was going to generate power during periods of peak demand, meaning it would operate only on the hottest […]

Critics say Ohio pollution settlement ignores local impacts
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Critics say Ohio pollution settlement ignores local impacts

CHICAGO, IL — “When power plant operators commit pollution violations, they are often required by the Environmental Protection Agency to do mitigation work on environmentally sensitive lands. Critics, however, say vague rules often let the violators choose projects based on convenience, rather than impact. In 2007, oil leaked from a […]

Perry nuclear power plant was vulnerable to sabotage, says Union of Concerned Scientists
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Perry nuclear power plant was vulnerable to sabotage, says Union of Concerned Scientists

NORTH PERRY — “A respected nuclear watchdog group on Thursday said operators at the Perry nuclear power plant discovered a vulnerability in the plant’s security last year that could have put the public in danger. The weakness apparently had to do with underground piping or trenching through which intruders might […]

FirstEnergy to ship 3 million tons of coal ash annually up Monongahela, Ohio rivers
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FirstEnergy to ship 3 million tons of coal ash annually up Monongahela, Ohio rivers

PITTSBURGH, PA — “FirstEnergy Corp. will put more than 3 million tons of coal ash and smokestack scrubber waste a year into barges and ship it 96 miles up the Ohio and Monongahela rivers to a new disposal site when it is forced to close its massive Little Blue Run […]

FirstEnergy halts its challenge to efficiency mandates, for now
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FirstEnergy halts its challenge to efficiency mandates, for now

CLEVELAND — “Ohio’s energy efficiency standards will remain intact — for now. FirstEnergy Corp. has abandoned its behind-the-scene lobbying campaign to persuade lawmakers to gut a four-year-old law requiring utilities to help customers use less electricity by switching to energy efficient equipment and lighting. At least a dozen energy efficiency […]

No reason to hurry
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No reason to hurry

AKRON — “What troubles Advanced Energy Economy Ohio and, earlier, the Ohio Manufacturers Association, is the timing of the FirstEnergy effort. They see the requirements largely working, producing savings and sparking innovation. They ask: Why rush to shift direction so substantially — without the benefit of legislative hearings or a […]

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Battle brewing over energy conservation standards

COLUMBUS — “A battle is emerging over state energy conservation standards that have saved Ohioans $1 billion on their electric bills since 2008. Ohio’s Energy Efficiency Resource Standard requires that Ohio investor-owned utilities cut a cumulative 22 percent of electric consumption through energy efficiency efforts by 2025. The standards were […]

FirstEnergy wants to cap Ohio energy efficiency mandates, arguing costly market interference
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FirstEnergy wants to cap Ohio energy efficiency mandates, arguing costly market interference

COLUMBUS — “The state’s electric utilities are planning a sneak attack on Ohio’s energy efficiency mandates, say advocates who fought to have the rules put into Ohio law four years ago. In a Monday news conference in Columbus, Steve Caminati of the Advanced Energy Economy Ohio said the utilities have […]

FirstEnergy’s renewable energy end run
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FirstEnergy’s renewable energy end run

CLEVELAND — “Tony Alexander, CEO of FirstEnergy Corp., says his company had no choice under state law but to buy high-priced renewable energy credits and pass the costs on to customers. But two independent audits highlighted by Plain Dealer reporter John Funk raise serious doubts about that, and have led […]