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Critics Say Trump Coal Rules Step Backward for Ohio
Clean Power Plan / Climate Change / Coal

Critics Say Trump Coal Rules Step Backward for Ohio

COLUMBUS – “The public can now comment on the Trump administration’s proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era rule aimed at drastically cutting carbon emissions from coal power plants. Under what’s being called the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, or ACE, states would develop their own reduction goals and submit […]

Lake Erie offshore wind project vows extra bird, wildlife protections
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Lake Erie offshore wind project vows extra bird, wildlife protections

The developer of the offshore wind demonstration will use bird-safe lighting and seasonal curtailment, among other methods CLEVELAND — “A pact with environmental groups over wildlife protections and monitoring puts a Lake Erie offshore wind project one step closer to construction. Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation, or LEEDCo, hopes to […]

METZENBAUM SOCIETY – YOU’RE INVITED
Ohio Citizen Action

METZENBAUM SOCIETY – YOU’RE INVITED

Please join us to celebrate the kickoff of the Metzenbaum Society Giving Circle, as we recognize current Ohio Citizen Action members like you and lay out plans for 2019 and beyond. Metzenbaum Society members provide critical support for our mission by contributing at least $1,000 in a year. We will induct founding members […]

Company suspected of using plant closures to get subsidies
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Company suspected of using plant closures to get subsidies

WASHINGTON, DC — “FirstEnergy Solutions, the power plant division of FirstEnergy Corp., filed for bankruptcy protection in April. The company has aggressively lobbied Washington for a federal lifeline for its ailing coal and nuclear facilities, which have been weighed down by low wholesale power prices and stiff competition from natural […]

The General James M. Gavin coal plant in southeast Ohio. Photo by: Analog Kid / Creative Commons
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Advocates: Trump’s coal-friendly power plan will hurt Ohio’s health

Citing the administration’s own analysis, environmental advocates say the Clean Power Plan replacement will ‘make things worse.’ WASHINGTON, DC — “Ohioans likely face more early deaths, more asthma attacks and higher electric bills under the Trump administration’s plan to replace the Clean Power Plan, say environmental groups. Those conclusions come from the Environmental […]

Trump’s power plant plan can’t save coal from market forces
Coal / Energy

Trump’s power plant plan can’t save coal from market forces

The U.S. is on course for more coal plant closings as utilities shift to cheaper renewables and natural gas. Analysts say the administration can do little about it. WASHINGTON, DC — “The Trump administration’s proposal for rolling back federal power plant regulations could affect the short-term fate of some plants, […]

Duke moves to stop FirstEnergy Solutions from exiting Ohio co-op
Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Duke moves to stop FirstEnergy Solutions from exiting Ohio co-op

Consumer advocates are worried that a bankruptcy court decisionallowing FirstEnergy Solutions (FES) to withdraw from the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC), which operates a pair of coal plants, could wind up raising prices for retail consumers. Both OVEC and Duke Energy of Ohio, which owns a part of the power cooperative, have filed for a […]

Ohio PUC details utility reform roadmap in PowerForward initiative
AEP / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio PUC details utility reform roadmap in PowerForward initiative

The new roadmap, product of a year-long business model investigation, aims to create a level playing field for innovation on the utility distribution system. COLUMBUS — “How is a distribution system like an iPhone? That’s not a riddle; it’s a vision Ohio regulators have formed around the future of the grid, […]

Utilities pivot from power plants to grid work for profits
Energy

Utilities pivot from power plants to grid work for profits

RALEIGH, NC — “Electric utilities are pouring billions of dollars into a race to prevent terrorists or enemy governments from shutting down the power grid and everything that depends on electricity in America’s hyper-connected society. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security detailed last month how Russian hackers have targeted the […]

Court upholds national safeguard for coal ash: Nation’s no. 2 toxic pollution threat
Coal / Coal Ash

Court upholds national safeguard for coal ash: Nation’s no. 2 toxic pollution threat

Ruling casts doubt on legality of EPA’s plan to weaken coal ash protections WASHINGTON, D.C. — “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision today holding that the first-ever federal safeguards set by the Obama Administration for coal ash dumps do not sufficiently protect communities and the environment […]