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Two Ohio coal-fired plants to close, deepening industry decline
Coal / Dayton Power & Light

Two Ohio coal-fired plants to close, deepening industry decline

DAYTON — “Electricity company Dayton Power & Light said on Monday it would shut down two coal-fired power plants in southern Ohio next year for economic reasons, a setback for the ailing coal industry but a victory for environmental activists. Republican President Donald Trump promised in his election campaign to […]

Students at Lincolnview Elementary display their notebook tablets with Senator Cliff Hite. CREDIT: Alexandria Mick
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Anti-wind bill costs Ohio schools hundreds of thousands of dollars

New setback rules killed revenue from wind farms that would have gone directly to districts VAN WERT — “A short drive up the road from Van Wert City Schools, students of Lincolnview Schools saw a different ending to the same story. That district benefits from a program that allows wind […]

Data: Energy Information Administration; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios
Coal

The coal industry is sick — and it’s terminal

WASHINGTON, DC — “Coal has long had one advantage over other energy sources: it’s cheap. But the huge growth in the extraction of shale gas via fracking over the past decade has sent natural gas production soaring and prices tumbling. And advancements in renewable energy technology during that same time […]

The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, or NOPEC, has negotiated a contract with a NextEra Energy wholesale power company to supply about 500,0000 Northeast Ohio electric customers in 13 counties. NextEra, based in Florida, will replace FirstEnergy Solutions on Jan. 1. NOPEC is a consortium of more than 100 communities. (credit: Plain Dealer file)
Energy / remonopolization / Utilities

Deregulation shaved $15 billion from Ohio electric bills, lawmakers to meet Friday to re-regulate

CLEVELAND — “Consumers, businesses and industries saved $15 billion on electricity between 2011 and last year and are on course to save the same amount by 2020, the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, or NOPEC, said today. The claim is based on joint research and statistical analysis completed for NOPEC by […]

An analysis of Ohio consumer electric bills since 2009 by Ohio State University economists has found that consumers are paying higher electric bills today than they did before de-regulation. The study follows an earlier OSU-Cleveland State University study found that the auction-based standard service offer and the ability of consumers to switch to independent competitive suppliers saved on the price of power itself. But state regulators, following a change in the law in 2008, have allowed electric utilities to jack up delivery rates by adding special rate "riders," the new study has determined. (Ohio State University)
Research & Reports / Utilities

Electric bills $1 billion higher: OSU analysts urge state to require traditional utilities to sell power plants

COLUMBUS — “Ohio should require its traditional electric utilities to sell off their power plants, a team of Ohio State University analysts has concluded and is urging lawmakers to consider requiring that. ‘Our recommendation is that the state should do it [deregulation] right,’ said Noah Dormady, an energy and environmental economist […]

DP&L will sell its ownership in three coal-fired power stations, according to a new stipulation filed with a state organization. (Credit: Thomas Gnau/Dayton Daily News)
Coal / Dayton Power & Light

DPL to sell stake in three power plants

DAYTON — “In a new state filing, Dayton Power & Light Co. puts itself on a path further from the use of coal in power generation. The company said in the filing it will commit to selling its ownership in three generation stations while setting up an economic development fund for […]

The solar project, situated on 165 acres along Carter Road, northeast of Bowling Green, is planned to accommodate 85,000 tracking solar panels and have a 20-megawatt capacity. (Credit: J.D.Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Renewable Energy

BG solar field broadcast called bright

BOWLING GREEN — “Results are sunny so far for Bowling Green’s fledgling solar installation. Utilities Director Brian O’Connell said they’re looking forward to the field’s output this summer, when demand for electrical power is higher. ‘We’re looking forward to the first summer, when we see what it will do,’ he […]

Ohio Statehouse (Wikimedia Commons)
Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio bill would allow customers to opt out of utility renewable energy charges

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s debate over renewable energy standards is poised to heat up again. Rep. Bill Seitz, who heads the House Public Utilities Committee, said the bill from last year to make renewable energy standards voluntary for two years didn’t go far enough. H.B. 114, by contrast, would introduce a voluntary renewable […]

Ohio Capitol Building
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 […]

Round 2: House Republicans VS. Kasich in Green Energy Fight
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Round 2: House Republicans VS. Kasich in Green Energy Fight

COLUMBUS — “House Republicans are sending a message to Gov. John Kasich by moving a bill that would effectively kill green energy standards in Ohio. This is similar to a bill Kasich vetoed last year and  reports Kasich isn’t afraid to use that veto pen again. …Opponents of the standards […]