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Another blow to the solar industry as PUCO nixes in-state sourcing rule
Energy

Another blow to the solar industry as PUCO nixes in-state sourcing rule

COLUMBUS — “It’s official: Ohio power companies no longer have to get half of their renewable energy from in-state providers. A law signed in July made clear the state’s requirement that a 2008 law mandating alternative energy make up 25 percent of a utility’s power source by 2025 be frozen […]

The Gen. James M. Gavin Power Plant in Cheshire, Ohio (Richard Martin)
AEP / Coal / Energy

For $20 million, a coal utility bought an Ohio town and a clear conscience

CHESHIRE — “The plants, though, are still there, consuming about 35,000 tons of coal every day. A gray mountain of coal ash looms above what’s left of the town. AEP, though, may not have entirely escaped liability for the environmental effects of the plants: In early September a new lawsuit […]

The Gavin Power Plant near Cheshire, Ohio. (Photo by Jeff Lovett via Creative Commons)
AEP / Coal / Energy

Ohio pollution complaint unrelated to coal ‘bailout’ plan

CHESHIRE — “American Electric Power (AEP) is on notice that it may be sued for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act by its Gavin Power Plant in Cheshire, Ohio. Last week, the Sierra Club sent a 60-day notice of intent to sue, which claims that excess emissions of sulfur dioxide created a ‘public nuisance‘ in […]

AEP and the Sierra Club are battling over the company's coal plants.
AEP / Coal / Energy

No quiet period for AEP Ohio in PR game

COLUMBUS — “The latest proposal from AEP Ohio is perhaps its most complicated: It wants Ohio customers to shoulder the risk for four of its coal-fired power plants to ensure their long-term viability. It’s a complicated proposal, spurred by the impact of federal environmental regulations, the rising prominence of U.S. shale gas and […]

FirstEnergy’s stock prices have slipped, compared to other energy and industrial companies. Courtesy IEEFA.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Report: FirstEnergy’s coal focus ‘not a winning strategy’

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy’s effort to get Ohio consumers to subsidize noncompetitive power plants is short-sighted and won’t guarantee long-term financial health, according to a new report. That’s because FirstEnergy continues to center its business around coal, instead of adapting to competition, changing markets and newer technologies, says the report, released last week […]

Study links hundreds of Ohio quakes to fracking
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Study links hundreds of Ohio quakes to fracking

COLUMBUS — “A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique. Rowena Lohman, an assistant professor of geophysics at Cornell University who was not involved in the study, said […]

Ohio ignores the evidence on renewables
Energy

Ohio ignores the evidence on renewables

CAMBRIDGE, MA — “Unfortunately, the Ohio legislature seems to have been swayed by a misinformation campaign waged by the fossil fuel and utility special interests. So, while the rest of the nation moves forward on building a low-carbon future and a next-generation electricity system with substantive contributions from energy efficiency […]

Kathryn King (with her turkey Kojak) raises rare heritage turkeys, which retain historic characteristics that are no longer present in the majority of the birds raised today, at her 3-acre property in rural Loudon Township in southern Carroll County.
Hydraulic Fracturing

Researchers find chemicals in the air in rural Carroll County

CARROLL COUNTY — “According to researchers, the air-sampling material used can collect thousands of different chemicals, including semivolatile organic compounds that can have an impact on human health. The chemicals include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may be related to drilling activities. PAHs are a group of more than 100 chemicals […]

Certified organic farmer Mick Luber of Bluebird Farm in Cadiz, Ohio, says he's concerned about what possible contamination from nearby fracking operations could mean for the future of his business. Photo: Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Assn. -
Hydraulic Fracturing

Does fracking threaten future of Ohio organic farms?

COLUMBUS — “Certified organic farming is a growing business in Ohio, but some farmers warn that the threat of contamination from hydraulic fracturing could dampen its future. Some of the chemicals used in fracking have been identified as naturally-occurring toxic substances, metals, and radioactive materials.In eastern Ohio, Mick Luber is a […]

Energy

Committee studying Ohio’s energy freeze full of lawmakers who voted for bill that enacted the freeze

COLUMBUS —“The legislative committee that will review the standards, which are frozen for two years, is overwhelmingly made up of lawmakers who voted for the bill that enacted the freeze. Just three of the 12 committee members voted against Senate Bill 310, which Gov. John Kasich signed in June. The […]