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Since 2008, coal has dropped from nearly half the U.S. power market to about 37 percent. | AP Photo
Clean Power Plan / Energy

Ohio EPA director details energy ‘bucket’ list for lawmakers

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s top environmental official gave legislators a “bucket” list of objections to the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan on Thursday and recommended skepticism about how the state’s clean energy standards would help achieve compliance. Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler testified before the Energy Mandates Study Committee formed as […]

Ohio state Rep. Kristina Roegner. (Photo via Ohio House of Representatives)

New Ohio energy co-chair was also a ‘freeze’ supporter

COLUMBUS — “Rep. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) is the new co-chair for Ohio’s Energy Mandates Study Committee with State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville). … Roegner voted in favor of freezing and scaling back the standards with SB 310 last year. Plus, she has ties to ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. […]

Prairie State Energy Campus near Marissa, Ill. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / August 6, 2013)
AMP / Energy / Prairie State Coal Plant

Illinois power plant at center of Midwest rate fights

COLUMBUS — “Rate increases and equipment breakdowns were the opposite of what dozens of municipalities that invested in the Prairie State Energy Campus were promised: low-cost, reliable energy for decades to come. Now, customers in Galion, Ohio, have threatened ballot action. They want the city to repay overcharges they allege […]

American Electric Power says it costs more to produce energy at the Conesville power plant than the utility can recoup on the market. The company is seeking to charge customers a rider to ensure the plant’s viability.
AEP / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio electric utilities seek to push risk to customers

BUCYRUS — “Should Ohio’s electric customers essentially also serve as investors, with the potential gains and losses to follow? That is one of the main questions in front of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio as it decides whether to allow three of the state’s largest electric utilities to assess […]

About two dozen people showed up near the West Side Market Saturday to draw attention to the public meeting at Cleveland City Hall Tuesday.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy rate case delayed, but still could be decided before May

COLUMBUS — “If your power is delivered by the Illuminating Co., Ohio Edison or Toledo Edison, you may be paying more by June to help FirstEnergy keep its aging Davis-Besse and W.H. Sammis power plants running. An administrative judge late Wednesday took a biblical approach to extinguish a one-day fight between […]

The U.S. Coast Guard is mulling how to regulate moving fracking waste along federal rivers. / The Cincinnati Enquirer
Hydraulic Fracturing

Coast Guard denies approving barge shipment of drilling waste

PITTSBURGH, PA — “The U.S. Coast Guard has denied statements by GreenHunter Resources that it has given the Texas-based water management company clearance to ship wastewater from shale drillers by barge along the Ohio River. The Coast Guard said Wednesday that it had not taken final action on a 2012 […]

Earthquakes began rattling northeast Ohio on New Year's Eve 2011. (Photo: WFAA)
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

The Fault Line: Ohio quakes offer lessons for Texas

YOUNGSTOWN — “The earthquakes were a rallying cry for opposition to oil and gas drilling for many in northeastern Ohio. The Northstar I well is now inactive, but ‘the battle for this well is not over until it is dismantled,’ Williams pledged. Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer, a geologist at Youngstown State […]

Ohio Citizen Action and eight other groups sue EPA on air toxics rules

Ohio Citizen Action and eight other groups sue EPA on air toxics rules

CLEVELAND — On February 3, 2014, Ohio Citizen Action and eight other groups filed a notice of intent to sue U.S. EPA for failure to update air pollution rules for more than 30 categories of industrial polluters. U.S. EPA has missed the deadlines set by the Clean Air Act to […]

A natural gas drilling rig stands next to a house in a field west of Rifle, Colorado, U.S., on Dec. 3, 2012. Natural gas futures declined in New York before a weekly government report that may show a seasonal stockpile decline. Photographer: George Frey/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Colorado oil and gas task force weighs disclosure of fracking chemicals

DENVER, CO — “Gov. John Hickenlooper’s task force on oil and gas discussed proposals Monday that would force energy companies to disclose all the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing and give local governments more of a say on where wells can be drilled. The task force is winnowing down […]

Two young men make their thoughts on Duke Energy's actions known. Tens of thousands of people gathered at Shaw University in downtown Raleigh. The march travelled to the doorstep of the State Capitol. Each year this fusion movement comes together in February to hold a mass people's assembly to reaffirm its commitment to the 14 Point People's Agenda and to hold lawmakers accountable to citizens.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

One year since the Dan River coal ash spill, why Citizens United and solar policy are key

WASHINGTON, DC — “It’s been one year since Duke Energy’s Dan River power plant caused one of the worst coal ash disasters in U.S. history, spewing up to 39,000 tons of toxic coal ash across North Carolina and into Virginia. So where do things stand now? More than 90% of […]