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Regulators largely deny utility requests for fixed charge increases
Energy

Regulators largely deny utility requests for fixed charge increases

A policy report finds that while utilities are increasingly asking to increase fixed charges, that in more than half of recent cases these requests were denied RALEIGH, NC — “Utilities have used a variety of tactics to change the economics of customer-sited rooftop PV away from retail-rate net metering, and […]

Activist Larry Gibson looking over a ridge at the Kayford Mountain Mountaintop Removal site.
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

National Academy of Sciences to study mountaintop removal health effects

WASHINGTON, DC — “An expert team being appointed by the National Academy of Sciences will examine a ‘growing amount of academic research’ that suggests ‘possible correlations’ between increased public health risks for Appalachian residents and living near mountaintop removal coal mining, the Obama administration announced Wednesday. A 12-member committee from […]

EIA: North American renewables, nuclear to reach 45% by 2025
Clean Power Plan / Energy

EIA: North American renewables, nuclear to reach 45% by 2025

WASHINGTON, DC — “A trilateral agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico sets the stage for a rise in carbon-free generation, though the EIA noted it does not include energy efficiency baselines that could have made it more effective. The three countries’ goal includes nuclear, renewables and energy efficiency as eligible sources of […]

Sister Paula with Ohio Citizen Action Cincinnati staff in 2009.
Ohio Citizen Action / Uncategorized

In Memoriam: Sister Paula Gonzalez

CINCINNATI — Today we learned of the passing of Sister Paula Gonzalez, co-founder of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light and a devoted Sister of Charity. Sister Paula traveled the world, raising consciousness about the threat of climate change and spreading hope and knowledge to deter that threat. What’s more, she […]

American Electric Power is currently allowed to cover its fuel costs through a charge to Ohio customers that changes every three months.
AEP / Coal

AEP will sell plants if action not taken by state

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power would like Ohio elected officials to make some big changes to the structure of the electricity market, and quickly. The top executive for the Columbus-based utility said Thursday that the company will wait until about March to see if changes are made to Ohio’s system. […]

Photo by Friscocali / Creative Commons
AEP / Coal

AEP to pursue partial restructuring of Ohio’s energy market

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. is going after a partial restructuring, not full re-regulation, of Ohio’s energy market, its top executive said Thursday. The timeline for the restructuring at the Ohio Statehouse is admittedly aggressive. CEO Nick Akins said stakeholders, including lawmakers and other power generators, are now […]

FirstEnergy recently announced the closure of four units at the W.H. Sammis power plant.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

As FirstEnergy announces closures, ‘bailout’ request keeps growing

COLUMBUS — “Despite announcing the closure of four units at an Ohio coal plant it initially sought to protect, the amount of money FirstEnergy could recover from customers in new charges has now ballooned to more than $8 billion, according to a recent filing. FirstEnergy still wants a non-bypassable charge […]

Consumer groups maintain rate increase cases and power purchase agreements filed by the utilities are muddying the waters of Ohio's energy market.
AEP / Dayton Power & Light / Energy

Eyeing FERC end-run, Ohio utilities keep pressing state regulators to support old plants

Dayton Power & Light joined AEP and FirstEnergy in asking regulators to approve bill riders to keep aging coal and nuclear generation online COLUMBUS — “Ohio utilities are undeterred by federal regulators’ decision in April to block affiliate power purchase agreements that would have supported older coal and nuclear generation. […]

PUCO hears 3rd rate plan testimony
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

PUCO hears 3rd rate plan testimony

FirstEnergy is opposed to idea COLUMBUS — “Testimony is moving forward on a rate plan by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio that would have customers pay FirstEnergy Corp. $393 million, and maybe more, to shore up the utility’s credit rating. The plan is the third proposal in a rate […]

The 3rd Annual Rock n’ Roll against Dirty Coal Contest
Coal / Energy / Ohio Citizen Action

The 3rd Annual Rock n’ Roll against Dirty Coal Contest

CINCINNATI — Live the rock star dream in this live band karaoke contest fundraiser. Proceeds benefit Ohio Citizen Action’s campaign to break Ohio’s dependence upon inefficient, dirty coal plants and to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy use. Sign up to be a Core Contestant by contacting Melissa English or […]