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Bill Ridmann, FirstEnergy Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs
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PUCO finishes hearings on utilities’ coal plant income gaurantee

COLUMBUS — “Hearings have ended and now it’s up to state regulators to decide if the so-called coal plant bailout for two electric utilities should be approved. FirstEnergy and AEP say adding a charge to customers’ monthly bills in order to guarantee income for struggling coal plants will stabilize costs and ensure […]

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(Video) Kasich: Ohio will go back to ‘unpalatable’ renewable energy standards if legislators try to gut them

GOFFSTOWN, NH — “In New Hampshire this week, where the governor is stumping for the Republican presidential ticket, Kasich told a town hall about the “battle” with some legislators over the clean energy standards. Some manufacturers told him they’d need to layoff workers if the standards, scheduled to increase until […]

The U.S. could switch to mostly renewable energy, No Batteries needed

The U.S. could switch to mostly renewable energy, No Batteries needed

Better electricity sharing across states would dampen the effects of variable weather on wind and solar power WASHINGTON, DC — “The United States could lower carbon emissions from electricity generation by as much as 78 percent without having to develop any new technologies or use costly batteries, a new study […]

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.
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As hearings conclude, FirstEnergy subsidy proposal remains in doubt

FirstEnergy says it wants to preserve Ohio jobs, but critics say its proposal would upend state and regional power markets COLUMBUS — “On the table is an eight-year settlement designed to keep two power plants operating: the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor and the W.H. Sammis coal-fired plant […]

Supreme Court rules in favor of demand response: A boon to smart grid

Supreme Court rules in favor of demand response: A boon to smart grid

WASHINGTON, DC — “This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a decision of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that had vacated FERC Order 745. Well, that summary sounds pretty boring, doesn’t it? Except, if you live in the world of electricity, smart grids, batteries EVs, and energy efficiency, it’s not. In fact, it […]

Prairie State Energy Campus near Marissa, Ill. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / August 6, 2013)
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Cleveland ratepayers on hook for $5 billion coal plant in southern Illinois

Founding owner selling off shares CLEVELAND — “Cleveland ratepayers remain on the hook for a $5 billion coal fired plant in Southern Illinois after a founding owner announced it was selling off its share in the plant that produces electricity for 200 municipalities across the Midwest. Peabody Energy announced it […]

Researcher Jeffrey Reutter reaches into water affected by an algae bloom at a laboratory on Lake Erie. Scientists say fossil-fuel plants are contributing to the rise in algal blooms.

Harmful Lake Erie algal blooms worsened by power plant pollution

COLUMBUS — “Aside from their link to climate change, greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel plants also include nitrogen oxides, which can add to nitrogen already entering the lakes as runoff from farming and other sources. Power plants could also contribute to algal bloom problems as they use large quantities […]

FirstEnergy just asks for too much
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy just asks for too much

AKRON — “From afar, FirstEnergy makes more easily the villain. Up close, it gets more complicated, those of us in Akron, especially, aware of the many civic endeavors the power company supports, not to mention its 2,500 employees in Summit County, many at the headquarters downtown. Are the good deeds […]

Court rejects a bid to block coal plant regulations
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Court rejects a bid to block coal plant regulations

WASHINGTON, DC — “In a significant victory for President Obama, a federal appeals panel on Thursday rejected an effort by 27 states and dozens of corporations and industry groups to block the administration’s signature regulation on emissions from coal-fired power plants while a lawsuit moves through the courts. The rule, […]

Researchers are trying to find new ways to benefit from coal.
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New use for coal? Battelle finding new ways to extract rare minerals

COLUMBUS — “Inside coal are key – and expensive – components used to make parts of cell-phone batteries, magnets and wind turbines. But so far it’s too expensive to get those minerals out without breaking the bank. Rare elements are key in military communication systems, too, which is partially why […]