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FirstEnergy‘s Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy next into fight over controversial power purchase agreements

COLUMBUS — “For FirstEnergy, $5 billion is riding on its proposal. That’s the difference in projected costs being debated by FirstEnergy and its opponents. The company estimates its customers ultimately will save $2 billion in its plan, but an analysis by the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel projects a $3 billion shortfall […]

The FracTracker Alliance prepared this map to show oil and gas production and industry water use in the Utica shale play area of southeastern Ohio. Courtesy of FracTracker Alliance.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking and water: Quantity, not just quality, a concern

CAMP HILL, PA — “Even in a water-rich state like Ohio, growing water use for fracking could strain water reserves, according to new research from the FracTracker Alliance, a non-profit organization that compiles data, maps and analyses about the impacts of the oil and gas industry. FrackTracker compared the oil […]

Efficiency gains will moderate price increases under Clean Power Plan
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Efficiency gains will moderate price increases under Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Clean Power Plan will raise power prices, but a mix of energy efficiency and market forces will keep residential bills from following in lock step. According to the EIA, in the early years of compliance residential electricity prices will rise 6% above baseline analysis, but bills […]

On June 15 about 100 demonstrators gathered in Columbus, Ohio to ask the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to deny FirstEnergy's request for a rate hike to support its aging coal plants.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy / Uncategorized

Green energy advocates: Coal is unsustainable in more ways than one

COLUMBUS — “Environmentalists have said for years that coal and other fossil fuels are not sustainable sources of energy. Now advocates of green energy are arguing that coal has also become economically unsustainable. Coal has reportedly become a bad investment, even in countries with large coal reserves. FirstEnergy Corp. began […]

Eramet Marietta fire extinguished; No injuries reported
Eramet / Good Neighbor Campaigns

Eramet Marietta fire extinguished; No injuries reported

MARIETTA — “The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says due to the rapid response of fire departments, the fire at Eramet Marietta was brought under control and was extinguished. The exact cause of the fire isn’t known, but the fire was put out about an hour after it broke out, shortly […]

“No Coal Bailout” protest in Columbus
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

“No Coal Bailout” protest in Columbus

COLUMBUS — Over a hundred people turned up in front of the Public Utility Commission Office (PUCO) to protest against the request by FirstEnergy  for a bailout of their outdated coal plants and their Davis-Besse nuclear plant. Ratepayers showed up with signs lined up in front of the building on […]

Crunch time for the U.S. coal industry
Coal / Energy

Crunch time for the U.S. coal industry

NEW YORK, NY — “Coal prices in the US are collapsing. The September Appalachian coal futures contract gave up over 2% on Friday as the industry faces unprecedented challenges. …The industry’s woes have been caused by a ‘perfect storm’ of events that wrecked havoc on US coal producers. Here are […]

Coal is moved on a conveyor belt at the PT Bukit Asam open pit coal mine in Tanjung Enim, South Sumatra province, Indonesia.
Photograph: Dadang Tri/Getty Images
Coal / Energy

Coal crash: how pension funds face huge risk from climate change

Special report: The plummeting coal sector and a growing green divestment movement is leaving firms who still invest in fossil fuels and connected pension holders heavily exposed LONDON, ENGLAND — “The pension funds of millions of people across the world, including teachers, public sector workers, health staff and academics in […]

Workers prepare oil trains for unloading at the Tesoro refinery north of Seattle. The train that derailed in Seattle on July 24, 2014, was bound for the refinery.

Growing oil train traffic is shrouded in secrecy

EVERETT, WA — “What is known: The railroads are moving 40 times more oil now than in 2008 due to an oil boom in the Bakken formation of North Dakota. Bakken crude oil contains high concentrations of volatile gas, with a flashpoint as low as 74 degrees Fahrenheit. Derailments and […]

“It doesn’t matter if they are 18 months old, 3 years or 5 years. Our kids are not allowed to drink from the fountain,” Juliet Blackenberry, director of City Kids Daycare, said after nitrates hit caution levels in public drinking water in Franklin County last week.

Columbus fights to keep drinking water safe

Algae and chemicals from farms and industry create a daily — and costly — challenge for those keeping Columbus’ drinking water safe COLUMBUS — “The city spends millions of taxpayer dollars annually — and passes on many of the costs to customers — to buy chemicals to clean the water […]