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Howard Petricoff
Energy

Kasich picks Democrat Petricoff to fill seat on PUCO

COLUMBUS — “The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio now includes a Democrat for the first time in more than a year with the appointment of Howard Petricoff to the panel. …Petricoff, 66, retired this year after more than 30 years representing private clients in cases before the PUCO. In recent […]

State regulators approved a plan to help subsidize the Davis-Besse Plant in Ottawa County and other power plants across Ohio by having customers act like investors.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy customers would pay equivalent of extra monthly electric bill for up to eight years

CLEVELAND — “Federal utility regulators appear to be the last bulwark between consumers and FirstEnergy’s efforts to make them pay more to subsidize two of its old Ohio power plants. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, several environmental groups and competing power suppliers have asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to intervene […]

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station at Oak Harbor, Ohio, would have a guaranteed buyer for all its output if the PUCO approves a FirstEnergy plan. Photo by Kathiann M. Kowalski.
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Advocates weigh in with federal regulators on FirstEnergy plan

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy has claimed that consumers would eventually come out ahead, based on its assumption that gas prices will increase significantly over the next eight years. However, a May 2016 report by the Energy Information Administration projects that natural gas prices will remain below $5 per million British thermal […]

Protesters stood outside a Kroger's shareholding meeting to protest the use of BPA, a controversial chemical used in food packaging.
Right-to-Know

Protesters gather outside Kroger shareholder’s meeting

OVER-THE-RHINE — “The songs and chants of a group of about 50 protesters marching on the Kroger shareholder meeting at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts echoed up and down Central Parkway Thursday morning. The protesters marched in the name of consumer’s and farm worker’s rights. It would have been […]

Consumer advocates and Ohio citizens demand Kroger ban toxic BPA in food packaging
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Consumer advocates and Ohio citizens demand Kroger ban toxic BPA in food packaging

CINCINNATI — “Consumer and environmental advocacy organization Ohio Citizen Action, along with Ohio residents, rallied outside of the Kroger annual shareholder meeting today. They called on the grocery chain to commit to a policy to eliminate bisphenol A (BPA), use safe substitutes for the toxic chemical in canned food linings, […]

Oberlin, Ohio, ratepayers to receive $2.2M in rebates for sale of RECs
Energy

Oberlin, Ohio, ratepayers to receive $2.2M in rebates for sale of RECs

OBERLIN — “Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System’s (OLMPS’s) 2,750 resident and 370 commercial Ohio customers will share about $2.2 million in rebates from the roughly $2.6 million in cumulative profits earned by the utility from the ongoing sale of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), the local Oberlin News Tribune reported […]

Ohio Supreme Court strikes down charges aimed at protecting Dayton utility’s profits
Energy

Ohio Supreme Court strikes down charges aimed at protecting Dayton utility’s profits

COLUMBUS — “For the second time in two months, the Ohio Supreme Court has rejected electricity-bill charges that were designed to protect utility profits at a time of market instability. But the savings for consumers will be small, if they materialize at all. The 6-1 decision on Monday, involving Dayton […]

Flow of bankrupt coal to power plants.
Coal / Energy

Powered by bankruptcy, part 1: Utilities across US rely on coal miners in bankruptcy

NEW YORK, NY — “An analysis of coal supply contracts shows that more than 45% of coal flowing from U.S. mines to domestic power plants was touched by a coal company bankruptcy occurring since 2012. The SNL Energy analysis reviewed approximately 741.6 million tons of coal shipments made by producers […]

Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Tony Clark spoke yesterday at the Mid-America Regulatory Conference. Photo courtesy of FERC.
Coal / Energy

FERC’s Clark sees ‘really unsustainable future’ in hybrid markets

BISMARCK, ND — “Disputes playing out in deregulated states like Illinois and Ohio over proposed subsidies for aging power plants highlight a key challenge facing the electricity industry at a critical juncture in its evolution, said Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Tony Clark. ‘This issue is one that is going to […]

DuPont may dodge toxic lawsuits by pulling a disappearing act
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DuPont may dodge toxic lawsuits by pulling a disappearing act

NEW YORK, NY— “More than 30 years later, the question of how many waste and cleanup sites the company created in its more than two centuries of operation has taken on new urgency. Early this month, a trial got underway in Ohio over the industrial chemical PFOA (also known as […]