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Ohio has greatest wind power potential, but falling behind neighboring states
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio has greatest wind power potential, but falling behind neighboring states

Even West Virginia, the capital of “coal country”, has more installed wind capacity than Ohio Ohio wind energy development has stalled since 2014 when a last-minute amendment slipped into that year’s budget bill increased the required distance between a turbine and a building or property line. No new wind turbines […]

Power grid manager PJM to Energy Department: There is no emergency
Energy / FirstEnergy

Power grid manager PJM to Energy Department: There is no emergency

CLEVELAND — “Power grid manager PJM Interconnection on Friday urged the U.S. Department of Energy not to take extraordinary action ordering subsidies to keep uncompetitive coal and nuclear power plants operating. FirstEnergy’s power plant subsidiary, FirstEnergy Solutions (FES), asked the DOE for the action on Thursday morning, about 18 hours after informing PJM and […]

Energy Secretary Rick Perry. Photo by Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Utility asks Perry to save coal, nuclear plants

WASHINGTON, DC — “FirstEnergy Corp. is seeking a declaration under section 202(c) of the Federal Power Act that certain coal and nuclear plants cannot close and that an electric grid operator pay plant operators enough to recover their costs. The order would apply to the PJM Interconnection, the nonprofit grid operator for […]

FirstEnergy Solutions begins bankruptcy
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy Solutions begins bankruptcy

AKRON — “Attorneys for FirstEnergy Solutions and six affiliated debtors are to appear in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Tuesday to begin Chapter 11 proceedings before Judge Alan M. Koschik, a move that parent company FirstEnergy Corp. sees as a necessary step for it to remain viable and start anew. FirstEnergy is one […]

Senate setting focus on green energy policies
Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Senate setting focus on green energy policies

COLUMBUS — “Lawmakers are lining up their priorities for policymaking once they return from their spring break. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the top leader in the Senate says he has a particular issue he expects to address when they come back. The state’s green energy standards require utilities to […]

Environmental groups sue to stop EPA loophole allowing industrial plants to turn off pollution controls
Pollution

Environmental groups sue to stop EPA loophole allowing industrial plants to turn off pollution controls

The new loophole will exacerbate toxic pollution hazards in communities across the country WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Today, public health and environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit to protect communities against the risk of a new tidal wave of toxic pollution unleashed by the Trump Administration breaking with decades of precedent, the Environmental […]

FirstEnergy Solutions bankruptcy restructuring likely, power plants would be closed or sold
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy Solutions bankruptcy restructuring likely, power plants would be closed or sold

CLEVELAND — “Brutal competitive financial forces are poised to remake FirstEnergy into a utility without power plants and focused solely on delivering electricity. The Akron-based power company that a decade ago hired former George W. Bush administration Solicitor General Ted Olson to bully state lawmakers who were considering a return to […]

Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

Shining the light

SUGAR CREEK TWP. —”The sun shined brightly inside the hearts and minds of roughly 100 people who came together at The Wilderness Center on Saturday. ‘It’s an opportunity for the solar community to talk and discuss the basics and … delve a little deeper on some subjects,’ explained Luke Sulfridge, Ohio […]

Who is donating to Ohio political candidates? Searchable campaign database
Voter Engagement Work

Who is donating to Ohio political candidates? Searchable campaign database

CLEVELAND — “Who is donating to Ohio political candidates? Your neighbors? Your boss? Rich people from out of state? A new database compiled by cleveland.com makes it easy to find out. We have gathered all of the 2017 contributions to candidates for governor, attorney general and other state offices. (The database […]

Murray Energy’s war on clean energy in Ohio
Coal / Freeze on Clean Energy

Murray Energy’s war on clean energy in Ohio

Murray Energy lobbied on a bill to roll back renewable energy “mandates” in Ohio, while it fought for government intervention to bail out coal-fired power plants. COLUMBUS — “Coal producer Murray Energy lobbied on the latest bill to roll back renewable energy ‘mandates’ in Ohio, while it fought for government […]