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FirstEnergy is requesting from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio permission to raise rates by 2 percent for grid updates (Credit: Cleveland Plain Dealer).
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, […]

The darker orange areas in this map reflect majority Republican support for government funding of renewable energy research.
Climate Change / Energy / Renewable Energy

Map shows political divide on climate, common ground on clean energy

NEW HAVEN, CT — “A majority of both Republicans and Democrats throughout Ohio favor clean energy policies, such as regulating carbon dioxide emissions as a pollutant and more government funding for renewable energy, according to a new interactive map. Moreover, people would favor those policies despite substantial divides on acceptance of climate […]

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Duke Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

Duke Energy seeks base fee increase, undercutting thrift (Opinion)

CINCINNATI — “You should be able to manage your utility bills by controlling how much energy you use at home. That’s logical and straightforward. But Duke Energy wants to change that. If Duke’s proposal to significantly raise its ‘customer fees’ is approved, you’d lose control over a big portion of […]

Credit: Environmental Health News
Air Quality / Environmental Justice

Toxic exposure may cost the world 10% of GDP: Study

Current calculations woefully underestimate how much pollution costs countries, says researchers BOZEMAN, MT – “The study, published today in the journal Environmental Health, finds that current calculations of harmful exposures underestimate the total costs to society by leaving out certain health impacts and only focusing on a fraction of the […]

America crowns a new Pollution King

America crowns a new Pollution King

WASHINGTON, DC — “For the first time in 40 years, power plants are no longer the biggest source of U.S. greenhouse gas pollution. That dubious distinction now belongs to the transport sector: cars, trucks, planes, trains and boats. The big reversal didn’t happen because transportation emissions have been increasing. In fact, since 2000 […]

Gary Baldosser, who farms 2,000 acres in Seneca County's Adams Township, is a strong proponent of the Republic Wind project and is eager to get at least one of its 66 wind turbines erected on his property. photo: Tom Henry. Toledo Blade
Wind Energy

Tougher setback rules for wind turbines generate controversy

GREEN SPRINGS — “Ohio’s highly contentious debate over setback requirements for massive wind turbines is being played out in rural Seneca and Sandusky counties, where a company ready to invest $92 million vows to walk away unless the Ohio General Assembly comes up with rules much softer than those Gov. […]

The Blue Creek Township wind farm. Photo by Tom Hart / Creative Commons
Coal / Energy / Wind Energy

Secrecy surrounds pro-coal group eyeing Ohio wind cases

CLEVELAND — “A pro-coal group that has appeared in multiple Ohio wind farm cases has not disclosed its members, raising questions about who funds the nonprofit organization and what relationship it might have to other parties. The Campaign for American Affordable and Reliable Energy (CAARE) has been added to the service list […]

Haley Staudmyer, 18, of Pickerington High School North, waits to board the bus that took her to Charleston, W.Va., on Tuesday to testify in the Environmental Protection Agency’s only public hearing on the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. About 50 Ohioans from Columbus, Athens and Cleveland testified at the hearing. [Courtney Hergesheimer/Dispatch]
Clean Power Plan

Ohioans testify on proposed repeal of Clean Power Plan at West Virginia hearing

CHARLESTON, WV — “A Pickerington high school senior shared the stage with powerful Ohio coal magnates Tuesday in the only opportunity the public has to formally voice their opinion about the Clean Power Plan. About 270 people registered to testify at the two-day public hearing that began Tuesday in the heart of […]

The Kayford Mine near Charleston, West Virginia (Credit: Dennis Dimick / FLICKR).
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

A troubling look at the human toll of mountaintop removal mining

NEW HAVEN, CT — “The devastating environmental impacts of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia have long been well documented. But over the last decade, Indiana University researcher Michael Hendryx has been examining another consequence of this form of coal surface mining that had previously been overlooked: the health impacts on […]

Lake Erie water that has turned green from an algae bloom laps ashore at South Bass Island State Park.
Lake Erie / Water Quality

Ohio releases plan to curb Lake Erie algae blooms by 2025

COLUMBUS — “Ohio has taken the first step in its role in a bi-national plan to address the annual toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie. The state released its ‘Domestic Action Plan 1.0‘ on Friday. It is part of a 2015 deal made among several states, the U.S. Environmental Protection […]