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Coal / Energy

PJM changes would help subsidized coal, nuclear compete on market

COLUMBUS — “Illinois already has one subsidy plan in place that could benefit from the new PJM proposal. The state’s plan subsidizes nuclear power and is currently being challenged at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. ‘Subsidies are contagious,’ Bowring said. ‘If one subsidy program is permitted to undermine the PJM capacity […]

Utility CEO: new renewables will be cheaper than existing coal plants by the early 2020s
Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Utility CEO: new renewables will be cheaper than existing coal plants by the early 2020s

Energy execs sound more like wild-eyed hippies every day WASHINGTON, DC — “It is difficult to exaggerate just what a sea change has taken place in the discussion of renewable energy in recent years. Oldsters like me remember when the idea that (unsubsidized) renewable energy would be able to compete […]

Debate over Ohio conservatives’ views of renewable energy swirls in wake of poll
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy

Debate over Ohio conservatives’ views of renewable energy swirls in wake of poll

COLUMBUS — “Some prominent Ohio Republicans are sparring over renewable-energy policy, with each side claiming to represent conservative Ohioans. This started on Jan. 10 when the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum, an advocacy group, published poll results showing that a majority of self-identified Ohio conservatives are in favor of policies that support wind, solar […]

FirstEnergy is about to ask Ohio lawmakers to create new regulations awarding "zero emission credits," or ZECs, to its nuclear power plants, Davis-Besse east of Toledo and Perry east of Cleveland, in recognition that they do not contribute to air pollution. The ZECs would increase customer bills. The plan is sure to be challenged in federal court because it would subsidize the nukes which are supposed to be operating in a competitive market.
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy executive: Davis-Besse plant headed for premature closure

OAK HARBOR — “A FirstEnergy Corp. executive confirmed Thursday what many people have feared for months: The utility’s Davis-Besse nuclear plant is headed for a premature closing. The outlook for FirstEnergy’s coal-fired power plants and its other nuclear plants — its twin-reactor Beaver Valley nuclear plant west of Pittsburgh and […]

$43 million in FirstEnergy overcharges can’t be refunded, says top court
Energy / FirstEnergy

$43 million in FirstEnergy overcharges can’t be refunded, says top court

CLEVELAND — “Consumers won’t see $5 reductions in monthly FirstEnergy electric bills as state regulators, the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel and environmental groups had hoped. The Ohio Supreme Court today ruled that FirstEnergy does not have to refund $43.4 million it collected from customers to pay for the most expensive Renewable Energy […]

Coal’s decline seems impervious to Trump’s promises
Coal / Energy

Coal’s decline seems impervious to Trump’s promises

BOBTOWN, PA — “When Nic Zmija applied for a job at the 4 West coal mine three years ago, he was tantalized by a fat raise and a secure future. Once hired, he was told that someday even his two young sons had jobs waiting for them. ‘It all sounded […]

Want healthier babies? Shut down coal plants
Coal

Want healthier babies? Shut down coal plants

Two studies in the past month show significantly fewer health risks for babies after nearby coal plants close NEW YORK, NY — “Babies born near an active coal plant in China had shorter telomeres—sections of DNA that act as caps on the ends of chromosomes—than babies born after the plant […]

Cheap renewables keep pushing fossil fuels further away from profitability – despite Trump’s efforts
Coal / Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Cheap renewables keep pushing fossil fuels further away from profitability – despite Trump’s efforts

NEW YORK, NY — “Rapid cost declines made renewable energy the United States’ cheapest available source of new electricity, without subsidies, in 2017. In many parts of the U.S., building new wind is cheaper than running existing coal, while nuclear and natural gas aren’t far behind. As renewable energy costs continue their relentless decline, they […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Oak Harbor.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Davis-Besse, Perry nuclear plants could close as FirstEnergy inks deal with hedge funds

CLEVELAND – Four high-powered private investor groups have agreed to sink nearly $2.5 billion into FirstEnergy for 18 months in exchange for helping the company shed its money-losing power plants, or get them returned to regulation and protection from competition. FirstEnergy Solutions owns the Davis-Besse, Perry nuclear power plants in […]

2017 year in review
Air Quality / Clean Power Plan / Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Ohio Citizen Action / Renewable Energy / Research & Reports

2017 year in review

We began 2017 celebrating the reinstatement of Ohio’s modest renewable energy and energy efficiency standards after a two-year freeze, an attempt to extend the freeze and an ultimate veto of the freeze extension by Governor Kasich. Our joy and relief evaporated by March however, when House Bill 114 was introduced. […]