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Steam generated by the Ravenswood Power Plant rises in New York City. The Obama administration's Clean Power Plan would cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. Reuters/Zoran Milich
Clean Power Plan

Obama EPA delays power plant emissions rule a week before major UN climate change summit

NEW YORK, NY — “The Obama administration is delaying the process for implementing its signature climate change proposal. The Environmental Protection Agency says it has extended the public comment period for its power plant rule by an extra 45 days amid a swell of pushback from coal-state lawmakers and industry […]

AEP COO Robert Powers says the utility is going to be 'fairly aggressive that the rules won’t work as constructed at the moment.'
AEP / Clean Power Plan / Coal

AEP exec: EPA’s carbon plan ‘just not going to happen and something needs to give’

BOSTON, MASS — “The U.S. EPA’s proposed carbon rule has attracted hundreds of thousands of public comments, leading the agency Tuesday to extend its commenting deadline by 45 days, to Dec. 1. That might give American Electric Power Company Inc. more time to hone its argument against the rules. ‘We’re […]

Steve Lipsky shows the methane contamination of his well by igniting the gas with a lighter outside his family's home in Parker County near Weatherford, Texas on June 17, 2014.
Hydraulic Fracturing

Free speech case springs from fracking dispute

WEATHERFORD, TX — “Steve Lipsky’s tainted water well had already stirred national debate about the impacts of oil and gas production. Now it stars in a free speech dispute that has landed in Texas’ highest court – the biggest test of a state law meant to curb attempts to stifle […]

Governor John Kasich
Hydraulic Fracturing

Kasich vows to ‘focus’ on hiking fracking tax

COLUMBUS — “The legislature has steadfastly declined to give Gov. John Kasich what he wants regarding a new severance tax on fracking in Ohio, but the governor says he’s only going to push harder if he wins re-election — and end a ‘rip-off’ of consumers at the same time. Lawmakers […]

State confirms Conneaut injection well project is dead
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

State confirms Conneaut injection well project is dead

CONNEAUT — “A Cortland company has informed the state that it has pulled its application to drill a brine injection well in Conneaut, according to a spokesman in State Rep. John Patterson’s office. On Friday, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported to Patterson’s office that American Energy Inc., had […]

Obama’s mountaintop coal mining legacy still to be determined
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Obama’s mountaintop coal mining legacy still to be determined

WASHINGTON, DC — “President Barack Obama’s record in Appalachian and coal mining communities is up for debate five years after his administration took ‘unprecedented steps’ to protect the environment from the effects of mountaintop removal coal mining. The Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Interior […]

New wind turbines off Germany, where renewable energy is soaring and driving down prices.

Sun and wind alter global landscape, leaving utilities behind

Heligoland, GERMANY — “Electric utility executives all over the world are watching nervously as technologies they once dismissed as irrelevant begin to threaten their long-established business plans. Fights are erupting across the United States over the future rules for renewable power. Many poor countries, once intent on building coal-fired power […]

Winged Warnings: What birds are telling us about our planet’s health

Winged Warnings: What birds are telling us about our planet’s health

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — “More than 1,300 birds are perched perilously on a global list of threatened species. Each one is sending us a message, and scientists are struggling to decipher them. EHN’s series, Winged Warnings, reveals the surprising new discoveries that are emerging about the global threats to birds. ‘Canary […]

A new poll finds a majority of Ohio electricity customers favor renewable-energy sources and don't want to have to pay to bail out aging coal plants. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/morguefile
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

Poll: Most Ohioans say “no” to coal plant bailouts

COLUMBUS — “The utility companies say the proposal would stabilize rates for customers, but Fisher and others argue it would keep electric bills higher than they should be and prevent Ohio from reducing dangerous emissions of carbon, soot, smog and mercury pollution. As they conduct door-to-door canvases educating Ohioans about […]

A wind turbine at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. Credit: Mike Russell

Cleveland becomes cleantech leader but Ohio backtracks on renewable energy

Hundreds of companies are working toward clean energy solutions as governor freezes statewide targets for renewables CLEVELAND — “Northeast Ohio is charging ahead with plans to build green industries that could jumpstart the economy and reduce pollution at the same time. …politicians in Columbus, the state capital, are making progress more […]