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Brooke Smith
Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund Board of Directors – Brooke Smith

CINCINNATI — Brooke Smith found her path in life early and has made the most of the few years since starting her career. A Cincinnati native, she wasted no time after graduating from Walnut Hills High School and enrolled at the University of Cincinnati, where she graduated with a BS […]

Ohio’s renewable energy freeze to be extended 3 years under latest bill, despite Kasich’s frigid response
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio’s renewable energy freeze to be extended 3 years under latest bill, despite Kasich’s frigid response

COLUMBUS — “Now a new bill, introduced by Sen. Bill Seitz, is set to come in the wake of the Energy Mandates Study Committee’s indefinite-freeze recommendation. As a sort of compromise, the bill gives a three-year concrete end date for the freeze. Seitz last week sent a draft of the […]

How cheap does solar power need to get before it takes over the world?
Energy

How cheap does solar power need to get before it takes over the world?

NEW YORK, NY — “A provocative recent essay in Nature Energy by two solar analysts, Varun Sivaram and Shayle Kann, argues that solar still has some serious economic obstacles to overcome before it can become a major energy source. And overcoming these hurdles could mean the difference between solar leveling […]

Air Pollution: EPA doubles down on mercury rule; more litigation likely
Coal

Air Pollution: EPA doubles down on mercury rule; more litigation likely

WASHINGTON, DC — “U.S. EPA today stood by its plan to cut power plant mercury emissions, reaffirming an earlier conclusion that it made the right decision under the Clean Air Act to regulate releases of the toxic metal and other hazardous air pollutants. That determination ‘is particularly well-founded in light […]

FirstEnergy offers Ohio customers 100 percent wind-generated power at standard power prices
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy offers Ohio customers 100 percent wind-generated power at standard power prices

AKRON — “FirstEnergy officials announced today that, beginning Friday, the utility company will offer a limited number of its customers the option to buy 100 percent wind energy-generated power at the same price as its standard power. The program, called the “Switch2Green4Free” offer, is part of the company’s “The Switch […]

Bill continuing ‘freeze’ on clean energy expected soon
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Bill continuing ‘freeze’ on clean energy expected soon

COLUMBUS — “Legislative Republicans are close to proposing an extension of a freeze on state standards for energy efficiency and renewable energy, an idea that Gov. John Kasich has said he opposes. Sen. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, has been circulating a draft of a three-year extension of the freeze and could […]

Lizzy Stewart, New York Times
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

After bankruptcies, coal’s dirty legacy lives on

NEW YORK, NY — “The recent bankruptcies of the nation’s leading coal producers are the latest benchmark in the steady decline of the coal industry. The industry’s problems are also hurting consumers, who are being hit by unnecessarily high electric rates approved by regulators to keep open coal-fired power plants […]

Peabody Energy, a coal giant, seeks bankruptcy protection
Coal

Peabody Energy, a coal giant, seeks bankruptcy protection

ST LOUIS, MO — “Peabody Energy, the world’s largest publicly owned coal producer, with mines around the world from Australia to the United States, filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States on Wednesday. The company was weighed down by the collapse of coal prices, increasing competition from natural gas […]

Someone got a sweet deal from utility regulators
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Someone got a sweet deal from utility regulators

  COLUMBUS — “The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio handed sweet deals to FirstEnergy and American Electric Power on March 31. Or maybe, as defenders of the PUCO rulings claim, the panel handed sweet deals to customers of FirstEnergy (the Illuminating, Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison companies) and American Electric […]

Earthfest 2016 in Cleveland and Cincinnati
Ohio Citizen Action

Earthfest 2016 in Cleveland and Cincinnati

CLEVELAND — Visit Ohio Citizen Action at Earthfest on Sunday, April 17th at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds from 10am-5pm. Earthfest 2016 is presented by Earth Day Coalition, and is the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation. Current staff and volunteers will be on hand to talk about our […]