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Coming soon: Final EPA ‘Clean Power Plan’
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Coming soon: Final EPA ‘Clean Power Plan’

WASHINGTON, DC — “All we really know for sure, though, is that EPA’s current regulatory agenda says that the final rule is due out in August, and that it’s still listed as being under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Here in West Virginia, of course, […]

he W.H. Sammis power plant's future operation could be more difficult under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rules on power plant carbon dioxide emissions.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy wants Ohio to end deregulation, return to state-controlled rates

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp. wants Ohio to re-regulate the electric utility industry, hoping to end an era the company itself fought for just seven years ago, in which electricity rates were set by wholesale markets without interference from the state. …Jones said FirstEnergy’s future is at risk if it cannot […]

Since 2008, coal has dropped from nearly half the U.S. power market to about 37 percent. | AP Photo
Coal / Energy

Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states

WASHINGTON, DC — “A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants. At the same time, the court upheld the EPA’s right to impose the […]

New report reveals corporate-funded Hydra head blocking U.S. renewable energy
Energy

New report reveals corporate-funded Hydra head blocking U.S. renewable energy

WASHINGTON, DC — “The report has citation after citation raising dire questions about the state, and often lack thereof, of U.S. democracy. But just as important is the premise it presents. In a nutshell, it’s not just about money in politics and lobbying alone. It’s that these industry-funded front groups play a central […]

Karaoke Challenge July 31, 2015 in Cincinnati
Ohio Citizen Action

Karaoke Challenge July 31, 2015 in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI — “Live the rock star dream in this live band karaoke contest fundraiser, featuring Sexy Time (the live band karaoke guys) and the Make Me Sing Scare-aoke Challenge. Admission: Suggested contribution of $20. Tickets also available at the door. Proceeds benefit Ohio Citizen Action’s campaigns to stop a consumer bailout […]

Coal is losing the war
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Coal is losing the war

Yes, there’s a war on coal, but the industry’s list of enemies goes way beyond the government PITTSBURGH, PA — “There is, indeed, a war on coal going on. But while politicians and industry lobbyists tend to identify the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama administration as coal’s chief antagonists, […]

FirstEnergy‘s Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Nuclear plants plagued by leaking pipes

Activists claim leaking pipes allow radioactive material into water CARROLL TOWNSHIP/OAK HARBOR — “Davis-Besse is one of only a dozen confirmed spent fuel pool leaks in the United States, said Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear. ‘Not the short list you want to see your local nuclear power plant on,’ Kamps […]

Reports: Clean Power Plan will take bite out of bills
Clean Power Plan / Energy

Reports: Clean Power Plan will take bite out of bills

COLUMBUS – “The Clean Power Plan is expected to be finalized soon, and two new reports refute opponents’ claims that the plan will increase electric bills for Ohioans. Synapse Energy Economics developed a scenario that includes investments in renewables and energy efficiency, and found nationally the average household participating in […]

A coal tipple lies abandoned near an closed mine site outside of Whitesburg, Ky., in June. (Joby Warrick/The Washington Post)
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy / Mountaintop Removal

Outrage over EPA emissions regulations fades as states find fixes

HAZARD, KY — “The story is the same across much of the country as the EPA prepares to roll out what is arguably the biggest and most controversial environmental regulation of the Obama presidency. Under the Clean Power Plan, states will have to find ways to achieve dramatic cuts in […]

Amazon to use North Carolina wind power to offset energy needs of Ohio data centers
Energy

Amazon to use North Carolina wind power to offset energy needs of Ohio data centers

COLUMBUS — “Amazon wants renewable energy to power its data centers planned for central Ohio, so the company is helping to build a wind farm — in North Carolina. Clean-energy advocates say Ohio runs the risk of getting bypassed for big projects because of new setback limits passed last year […]