Utilities

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford.
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Utilities

Householder denies FirstEnergy contributions influenced bill

“FirstEnergy gave more than $150,000 to House Republicans in 2018 leading up to the November election. Now House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) is pushing for a new energy plan that would steer about $170 million in subsidies to two nuclear plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions, which used to be a […]

Ohio nuclear plant bailout plan encourages other zero-carbon energy
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio's Clean Energy Future / Utilities

Ohio nuclear plant bailout plan encourages other zero-carbon energy

“Rep. Householder downplayed the impact on FirstEnergy and its nuclear plants, though he has called it a mistake to allow the plants to close. He said he focused on goals of encouraging Ohio power generation, incentivizing cleaner air, and helping create and maintain Ohio energy and industrial jobs. ‘I haven’t […]

Judge puts up major roadblock in FirstEnergy Solutions’ bankruptcy case
FirstEnergy / Utilities

Judge puts up major roadblock in FirstEnergy Solutions’ bankruptcy case

“State and federal regulators, however, seem to not have been heavily considered, or at least not brought to the table, and over the past few weeks have objected. They’ve argued in filings that it’s not the role of a bankruptcy court to relieve parent FirstEnergy of liability for environmental damage […]

PUCO committee gives Gov. DeWine choice of 4 applicants for commission seat
Utilities

PUCO committee gives Gov. DeWine choice of 4 applicants for commission seat

CLEVELAND — “Two of the four recommended candidates have consumer-oriented backgrounds, somewhat of a rarity for a commission that has been dominated by members who have backgrounds with utilities. The PUCO’s role is to regulate the state’s investor-owned utilities. The two candidates with consumer backgrounds are: Bryce McKenney, of Columbus, an […]

FirstEnergy seeks bailout for 60-year-old Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant. Money going to nuclear could take a large cut from investment in wind and solar.
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Utilities

State bailout of FirstEnergy Solutions would raise electric prices, stymie future gas plants

CLEVELAND — “William Siderewicz, whose companies built gas turbine power plants in Lordstown and Oregon, near Toledo, says he has all of the permits and a portion of the funding needed to build two more turbine plants next door to the plants he completed last year. But potential investors are […]

Huge proposed solar array at stake in PUCO case
AEP / Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Utilities

Huge proposed solar array at stake in PUCO case

  DAYTON — “If approved, the Highland solar farm would be the biggest such facility in Ohio. ‘Renewable energy is a good thing,’ said the consumers’ counsel’s brief filed Wednesday. ‘But AEP’s proposal to re-monopolize power plants in Ohio is an illegal thing. Under Ohio’s deregulation law, an AEP proposal […]

The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.  photo: United States Department of Energy
FirstEnergy / Utilities

Rescuing PA nuclear power plants could come with conditions

HARRISBURG, PA — “Opponents to a nuclear power rescue are already lined up. They include anti-nuclear activists, the AARP, business groups including the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association and the state’s considerable natural gas industry groups. A bailout, opponents say, means investing in outdated, inefficient and expensive power plants to supply a […]

Consumer groups maintain rate increase cases and power purchase agreements filed by the utilities are muddying the waters of Ohio's energy market.
Utilities

Power Failure: How utilities across the U.S. changed the rules to make big bets with your money

CHARLESTON, SC — “Listen to the folks who run some of our biggest electric utilities: Tom Fanning, chief of Southern Company, in 2016 about its nuclear project in Georgia, which is years behind schedule: ‘It has gone beautifully. And we’re on schedule.’ Kevin Marsh, CEO of SCANA, in 2016 about […]

FirstEnergy wants to raise rates by 2 percent for grid upgrades
FirstEnergy / Utilities

FirstEnergy wants to raise rates by 2 percent for grid upgrades

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy wants to increase electricity rates by up to 2 percent for three years to make some $450 million in improvements to the grid. Any increase in electric bills would require approval by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. The utility hopes the commission will OK the proposal by May, […]

Credit: Kristian Buus / Creative Commons
Renewable Energy / Utilities

Analysis: Ratepayer’s foot the bill for utilities’ push against rooftop solar

ST. PAUL, MN — “A recent story in the New York Times raised new attention to the role of the Edison Electric Institute in pushing policies hostile to distributed solar. Not mentioned in that article, however, is that ratepayers are a significant source of funding for this industry trade association. Utilities pay dues […]