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Energy / Utilities

Ohio ratepayer advocate outlines legislative priorities to lawmakers

COLUMBUS — “Changes to state energy law nine years ago have ‘allowed more ways for utilities to propose rate increases for customers to pay,’ Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Bruce Weston told state lawmakers on Tuesday. Appearing before the Public Utilities Committee of the state House of Representatives, Weston proceeded to outline […]

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Energy / Utilities

Study: lack of competition to blame for Ohio electricity cost increases

COLUMBUS — “With Ohio’s energy and energy efficiency standards again under attack, a new policy paper from Ohio State University attributes the lion’s share of electricity cost increases since 2008 to utilities and provisions that insulate them from full competition. None of Ohio’s transmission and distribution utilities have moved to […]

A solar array at Consolidated Electric Cooperative in Delaware. (Credit: Tom Knox/Columbus Business First)
Renewable Energy / Utilities

Ohio renewable energy bill could hurt AEP’s wind and solar projects

COLUMBUS — “A plan to scrap Ohio’s renewable energy standards could impact a Columbus utility’s plan to develop large wind and solar projects. A provision allows customers who shop for their power to not pay the utility costs it passes on from providing new power generation, including from renewables. While […]

FirstEnergy's nuclear subsidy proposal cannot be found on the company's website.
FirstEnergy / Utilities

FirstEnergy rate increase for nuclear still shadowy but opponents lining up

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy’s plan to convince Ohio lawmakers they should save the company’s nuclear reactors by funneling more money from customers to the company has still not seen the legislative light of day. But for certain, the company has shopped its proposal to key lawmakers with a full-color, professional-looking, authoritative […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear plant on Lake Erie east of Toledo.
Energy / Utilities

Natural gas industry gains steam

Coal, nuclear plants are no longer competitive in Ohio TOLEDO —  “During his address to Congress last week, President Trump repeated his campaign promises about restoring the U.S. coal industry to its former prominence. But an electronic map that can pinpoint every Ohio power plant fueled by either natural gas […]

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Energy / Utilities

Predictions 2017: 8 sector insiders on what’s next for power markets and regulation

WASHINGTON, DC — “2016 roiled the power sector as a reality TV star ascended to the nation’s highest office. Donald Trump’s election could disrupt some ongoing trends in the electrical industry, including decarbonization goals set under the Paris Climate Accord and President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. And coal generation could […]

Boston firm battles Ohio utilities over re-regulation
Utilities

Boston firm battles Ohio utilities over re-regulation

BOSTON, MA — “The Boston-based company developing five natural gas-fired power plants under construction or planned in Ohio is fighting Ohio’s investor-owned electric utilities over re-regulation, Kallanish Energy finds. Bill Siderewicz, president of Clean Energy Future, is strongly opposed to a controversial proposal to re-regulate Ohio utilities, a move that could […]

PJM to review impact of capacity market construct on RPM
Energy / Utilities

PJM to review impact of capacity market construct on RPM

WILMINGTON, DE — “Following months of debate on the scope of the undertaking, a coalition of demand-side stakeholders won approval at Thursday’s PJM Markets and Reliability Committee meeting to review the capacity market construct. Overcoming what had appeared to be strong opposition, the problem statement and issue charge were endorsed […]

Seitz named chairman of House Public Utilities Committee
Utilities

Seitz named chairman of House Public Utilities Committee

COLUMBUS — “Bill Seitz will have a seat at the head of the table this year when debate around the future of Ohio electric policy flares up. The Cincinnati Republican, a longtime fixture on the Statehouse energy scene, will chair the House Public Utilities Committee. Rep. Rick Carfagna, R-Genoa Township, […]

Lynn Slaby, PUCO
Utilities

Lynn Slaby will not seek another term at the PUCO

COLUMBUS — “Lynn Slaby will not seek another five-year term on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, meaning the face of the regulatory agency will soon be drastically different. Slaby told Ohio Gov. John Kasich of his decision in a letter on Monday. His choice means there will be two […]