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Lake Shore power plant
FirstEnergy's Lake Shore power plant, built in 1911, will be demolished. Shut down since April, the coal-fired plant has been the target of neighborhood groups and environmentalists for at least a decade. The company announced in 2012 that it would close the old plant rather than upgrade it to meet new air standards reducing mercury and other toxic metal emissions. (Plain Dealer file )
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy’s Lakeshore power plant will be demolished

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy is preparing to demolish its century-old Lake Shore power plant at E. 70th Street and South Marginal Road adjacent to the East Shoreway. FirstEnergy closed the last of the power plant’s coal-fired boilers in April. That was three years after announcing that it would close rather than […]

Dan Sawmiller Daniel Sawmiller is senior representative for the Sierra Club's 'Ohio Beyond Coal Campaign.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

PUCO should reject FirstEnergy rate request: Daniel Sawmiller (Opinion)

CLEVELAND — “Ohio can put a stop to this litany of corporate failure if the PUCO is willing to block FirstEnergy’s anti-consumer agenda. From the looks of things so far, they aren’t drinking the Kool-Aid. Over the last 12 months the PUCO has denied two similar requests from Duke and […]

Strike Out the Bailouts
Coal

Strike Out the Bailouts

Help us raise $10,000 to Strike Out the Bailouts. Duke, AEP and now FirstEnergy have had their time at bat, swinging for the bleachers to secure a consumer bailout of old, inefficient coal plants that might otherwise close. This fall is a crucial time for us to keep the pressure […]

Energy efficiency was projected to cut electric consumption, power companies told the state
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Energy efficiency was projected to cut electric consumption, power companies told the state

CLEVELAND — “Ohio’s electric companies were on course to help their customers cut overall power use by as much as 33 percent in coming years before lawmakers froze state energy efficiency mandates. Filed and forgotten at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, the analyses and projections were drawn up by […]

Ohio coal plants want regulators to keep them alive
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio coal plants want regulators to keep them alive

First Energy, a utility in Akron, is making a risky bet on the past — “Until recently, FirstEnergy, a utility in Akron, favored rate deregulation. FirstEnergy, which serves 6 million customers from western Ohio to the Jersey shore, relies on coal-fired power plants that once offered some of the cheapest […]

A proposal by FirstEnergy would essentially guarantee a buyer for power from its Sammis power plant near Stratton, Ohio, and other facililties. (Photo by Chris Dilts via Creative Commons)
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy ‘bailout’ hearing in Ohio starts Monday

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy acknowledges that customers will pay more in for the first few years, but claims that the proposed power purchase agreement (PPA) will save customers $2 billion over its 15-year term. The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel has said the plan will more likely cost ratepayers $3 […]

Whose energy security?
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Whose energy security?

TOLEDO — “For both environmental and economic reasons, FirstEnergy should be working to phase out the Sammis plant. Instead, it is asking PUCO to guarantee not only operating costs but also profits at the plant. That would increase bills for as many as 1.9 million Toledo Edison, Ohio Edison, and […]

Andre Porter
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy / Uncategorized

PUCO chief: Energy’s challenges brought me back

COLUMBUS — “Porter is generally viewed by Ohio energy observers as fair and not easily pushed over – the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association described his remarks last week to Columbus Business First urging utilities to “stop scaring Ohioans” as an ‘ unusually blunt message to the utilities.’ Porter wouldn’t delve into […]

As utilities embrace change, FirstEnergy’s strategy is resistance and protectionism
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

As utilities embrace change, FirstEnergy’s strategy is resistance and protectionism

Environmental Defense Fund’s Dick Munson decries FirstEnergy’s fight against the future of energy NEW YORK, NY — “For the record, FirstEnergy is among a small group of outliers. Most utilities are already embracing change, and many are truly pushing for a modern system. But FirstEnergy’s behavior is remarkably backward and […]

FirstEnergy Corp. is asking for a 15-year "power purchase agreement" committing the Illuminating Co., Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison to buy all of the power generated by the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant and the coal-fired R.W. Sammis plant on the Ohio River at whatever it costs to generate.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Cheap electricity? No. But there will be enough power to get us through future heat waves, arctic blasts

AKRON — “Consumers from here to the East Coast can have confidence there will be enough power during future summer heat waves and winter’s most arctic weather, says the company responsible for managing the high-voltage grid in Ohio and 12 other states. But you most likely will have to pay more […]