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Write the US EPA: Reduce carbon emissions from Ohio coal plants
AEP / Clean Power Plan / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

Write the US EPA: Reduce carbon emissions from Ohio coal plants

Ohio is at a crossroads about the future of energy use in our state. As ratepayers we need to speak out now. First Energy, American Electric Power and Duke Energy have submitted plans to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) for financial bailouts of some of their most outdated […]

Energizing Indiana provided incentives for individuals and businesses to be more energy efficient.
Photo: U.S. Navy
Energy

Report: Former energy efficiency program was cost effective

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — “A new report indicates the state’s energy efficiency program legislators eliminated earlier this year was cost effective, saving about $3 for every one dollar spent. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission report shows the biggest payback from Energizing Indiana, as the program was called, was in rebates given to […]

Save the date for “Movies with a Mission” at the Gateway
Ohio Citizen Action

Save the date for “Movies with a Mission” at the Gateway

COLUMBUS —  The Puffin Foundation West presents the Puffin Collaborative Film Festival , a project to benefit ten Columbus area non-profit groups and their progressive, people-oriented missions. In her project mission statement, event organizer Java Kitrick says, “The idea was to create dynamic parternships between 10 not-for-profit leaders who truly understand […]

Hennepin Power Plant, owned by Dynegy Inc., stands in Hennepin, Illinois. photo: Daniel Acker, Getty Images
Coal / Duke Energy

Dynegy to acquire assets from Duke Energy and Energy Capital Partners – transforming power generation fleet

HOUSTON, TX — “Dynegy Inc. has signed two separate definitive sets of agreements to acquire the ownership interests in certain Midwest generation assets from Duke Energy and EquiPower Resources Corp and Brayton Point Holdings, LLC from ECP. The Duke portfolio includes its retail business and ownership interests in the following plants: […]

FirstEnergy Corp. wants its customers to guarantee profitability of its largest coal-fired power plant in Ohio for the next 15 years. The company argues that after the first three years, Sammis would actually make money for customers because wholesale prices would increase. Critics disagree.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Plans to make you pay more to keep coal-fired power plants running is a ‘bailout,’ and other key findings of new poll

COLUMBUS — “Ohioans want more renewable energy and strongly oppose rate increases to help old, coal-fired power plants continue to operate, a new survey has found. The Sierra Club and Public Citizen, a consumer group, commissioned the random telephone survey of 526 people served either by American Electric Power of […]

Duke Energy's W.C. Beckjord Station in New Richmond, Ohio.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Duke Energy plant that spilled diesel into Ohio River written up by feds in the past

EPA had concerns before Monday night’s spill NEW RICHMOND — “The Duke Energy power plant that spilled thousands of gallons of diesel fuel into the Ohio River late Monday has been written up by federal agents in the past. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Coast Guard officials estimated about 5,000 […]

Buckeye Brine LLC started with one well in the fall of 2012; a second well began operation earlier this year. The estimated cost of the third well is $1.5 million. Buckeye Brine LLC is seeking permit for a third well at its Coshocton injection facility. The operation at the intersection of Airport Road and US 36 started with one well in the fall of 2012 and a second well began operation earlier this year. Estimated cost of the third well is $1.5 million.(Photo: Trevor Jones/Times Recorder, Trevor Jones/Times Recorder)
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

‘Poisoned waters’ billboard sparks Coshocton well fight

COLUMBUS — “A Coshocton man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against ‘poisoned waters’ on billboards opposing a local deep-injection gas well is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds. Austin, Texas-based Buckeye Brine alleges in a July lawsuit that the billboards paid […]

Regency, American Energy join on $500M pipeline
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Regency, American Energy join on $500M pipeline

DALLAS, TX — “Regency Energy Partners announced Thursday that it has secured a joint venture agreement with American Energy–Midstream LLC for the construction and operation of Regency’s $500 million Utica Ohio River project. Regency and American Energy Utica LLC, a subsidiary of former Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon’s American Energy Partners, […]

Class-action suit filed over costly electricity plant partly owned by AMP
AMP / Energy / Prairie State Coal Plant

Class-action suit filed over costly electricity plant partly owned by AMP

BATAVIA, ILL — “The lawsuit, filed yesterday in Illinois, seeks what is likely more than $100 million in damages because electricity from Prairie State Energy Campus is more expensive than was disclosed when government-owned electric utilities invested in the plant. They are suing the Indiana Municipal Power Agency and related consultants, […]

Diesel spill at Duke Energy plant leaks thousands of gallons of fuel oil into Ohio River
Coal / Duke Energy / Energy

Diesel spill at Duke Energy plant leaks thousands of gallons of fuel oil into Ohio River

NEW RICHMOND — “Thousands of gallons of diesel fuel spilled out onto the Ohio River after an incident at a power plant early Tuesday. The Coast Guard said it estimated about 8,000 gallons of fuel spilled out from Duke Energy’s W.C. Beckjord power station outside of Cincinnati. …Officials said the three […]