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AARP opposes First Energy request for subsidy
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

AARP opposes First Energy request for subsidy

WASHINGTON, DC — “AARP Ohio opposes an unnecessary and costly First Energy proposal, now pending before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), which would force customers to subsidize some of its power plants through a surcharge on their electric bills. The added fee would cost customers an estimated $3 […]

Public will get a say next week in Ohio power plant plans
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Public will get a say next week in Ohio power plant plans

AKRON — “The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) will hold hearings next week in Akron, Toledo and Cleveland to give local citizens a chance to voice their views on FirstEnergy’s plan for customers to guarantee sales for certain power plants. Under the proposed plan, FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities would purchase […]

Groups sue EPA to force oil, gas industry to disclose toxic chemicals
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Groups sue EPA to force oil, gas industry to disclose toxic chemicals

WASHINGTON, DC — “Nine environmental and open-government groups have sued the U.S. EPA over its refusal to add the oil and gas extraction industry to the Toxics Release Inventory, which would require the disclosure of toxic chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, natural gas processing and other operations. The group, led […]

Cleveland music scene mourns Ken Janssen
Ohio Citizen Action

Cleveland music scene mourns Ken Janssen

CLEVELAND — “It wasn’t unexpected, but local musician/former Beachland booker/force of nature Ken Janssen didn’t live to see 2015, passing away on New Year’s Eve. For the last two and a half years, Ken was battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and he did so with the […]

AEP’s James A. Gavin Plant in Cheshire, Ohio
AEP / Coal

AEP explores selling its unregulated power plants

COLUMBUS — “Without the unregulated plants, AEP still would own power-generating capacity equal to about 31,000 megawatts outside Ohio. A megawatt can provide for the needs of about 1,000 houses. The potential sale would not include AEP Ohio, which is the local utility that provides electricity delivery and billing to […]

Study: Fracking caused earthquakes in existing faults in Ohio
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Study: Fracking caused earthquakes in existing faults in Ohio

PITTSBURGH, PA — “A scientific study has linked hydraulic fracturing to 77 minor earthquakes last March around Poland, Ohio, just across the Pennsylvania-Ohio line. The sequence of seismic events, including a rare ‘felt’ quake of a magnitude 3.0 on the Richter scale, was caused by active ‘fracking’ on two nearby […]

Pioneer Drilling Co. operations near Montrose, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Hydraulic Fracturing

Oil below $60 tests economics of U.S. shale boom

NEW YORK, NY —  “The U.S. shale boom that’s brought the country closer to energy self-sufficiency than at any time since the 1980s will be challenged in 2015 as never before. The benchmark U.S. crude price has fallen below $60, demand growth is weakening and OPEC, which controls 40 percent […]

Oklahoma had more earthquakes last year than any other state in the Lower 48. Data courtesy of the U.S. Geological Society.
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Shaken more than 560 times, Okla. is top state for quakes in 2014

GRANT CO, OK — “Oklahoma had a fivefold surge in earthquakes last year, making it by far the most seismically active state in the Lower 48. The Sooner State was shaken by 564 quakes of magnitude 3 and larger, compared with only 100 in 2013, according to an EnergyWire analysis […]

The Ohio Oil and Gas Commission has ruled that safety should have been a consideration when the state, last year, issued a permit for a new well in North Royalton. Photo provided by Peter Maizitis.
Hydraulic Fracturing

Ohio Oil and Gas Commission revokes drilling permit for North Royalton well

NORTH ROYALTON — “A state permit that would have allowed Cutter Oil Co. to drill a new oil and gas well by using parts of two city streets has been revoked. The Ohio Oil and Gas Commission — a five-member body that hears appeals to state oil and gas decisions — revoked […]

Wind turbines generate electricity on a farm straddling Paulding and Van Wert counties in northwest Ohio.
Energy

Ohio lawmakers’ energy panel has high hopes for 2015

COLUMBUS — “A legislative panel studying energy policy has much work to do in the next nine months. The Energy Mandates Study Committee has until Sept. 30 to look into some of the state’s most complicated and controversial policy issues and make recommendations to the General Assembly. So far, the […]