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FirstEnergy's Perry nuclear power plant (credit: News-Herald file photo).
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Ohio’s nuclear future uncertain, subsidies in New York, Illinois get court victories

COLUMBUS — “Bills going through the Ohio legislature that would subsidize the state’s two nuclear power plants have stalled, but similar energy credits approved in Illinois and New York have won their first round of legal battles. FirstEnergy has been lobbying for a Zero Emission Nuclear Resource Program or ‘ZEN’ […]

Wind turbines in Blue Creek Township, Ohio Credit: Wikimedia Commons).
Wind Energy

Ohio bills would ease restrictive setbacks for new wind farms

COLUMBUS — “Two bills in the Ohio Senate aim to ease restrictions in a 2014 law that have effectively blocked the development of new commercial wind farms in the state. That 2014 budget bill amendment tripled the previous property line setbacks for wind turbines and has stymied all but a […]

Wind turbines in Van Wert (Credit: Columbus Dispatch).
Wind Energy

Wind farms in Ohio pit environmentalists against some neighbors tired of noise, view

PAYNE — “From the ground, the narrow aluminum ladder might as well extend to infinity. Actual height: 290 feet. A Dispatch videographer straps on a protective harness, hard hat and safety glasses, joined by two employees of the farm’s operator, EDP Renewables. They are about to climb inside one of […]

IEEFA Update: FirstEnergy, out of step with the times, sells gas and hydro assets to shore up fading coal-fired plants
Coal / FirstEnergy

IEEFA Update: FirstEnergy, out of step with the times, sells gas and hydro assets to shore up fading coal-fired plants

As American electricity markets modernize, an Ohio utility stays the same CLEVELAND — “If there’s a standout feature in today’s fast-changing electricity-generation landscape, it’s that coal-fired and nuclear power plants cannot compete with those that run on natural gas or renewable energy. This will remain the case for the foreseeable […]

The Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire, England. Photo by Paul Glazzard, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7932928
Coal / Energy

In a stunning turnaround, Britain moves to end the burning of coal

Britain is phasing out its coal-burning power plants, with the last one slated to be shuttered by 2025, if not sooner. It is a startling development for the nation that founded an industrial revolution powered by coal NORTH YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND — “Bigger than any medieval castle, with its 12 giant […]

Jessica Smith-Szabo, staff director for Ohio Citizen Action, addresses the crowd in Columbus at a rally protesting FirstEnergy’s utility bailout request in April 2015.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy filing could delay court ruling in ‘bailout’ case

COLUMBUS — “Despite a big win from Ohio regulators last month, FirstEnergy has filed papers asking for still more review. The move could ultimately delay a court ruling on a $200 million per year charge to prop up the company’s credit rating. At issue is a ‘distribution modernization rider’ that the Public […]

Clean Energy Is approaching a tipping point
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Clean Energy Is approaching a tipping point

LONDON, ENGLAND — “The cost of renewables is plunging faster than forecasters anticipated just a few years ago as as technologies like gigantic wind turbines arrive on the market. That’s the conclusion of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, whose founder Michael Liebreich estimated that clean energy will reap 86 percent of […]

The list of diseases linked to air pollution is growing
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The list of diseases linked to air pollution is growing

As governments decide what to do about air quality, studies connect an array of health problems to dirty air DONORA, PA — “To the residents of Donora, Pa., a mill town in a crook of the Monongahela River, the daily haze from nearby zinc and steel plants was the price […]

Using the E.P.A. to prop up Big Coal
Coal / Energy

Using the E.P.A. to prop up Big Coal

NEW YORK, NY — “The Trump administration is unflinching in its misbegotten campaign to protect the coal industry from what has become an obvious and inevitable decline. Eight months in, the administration has already killed, or is in the process of killing, rules that would prevent the dumping of coal mining […]

Women in areas where mercury is used in small-scale gold mining had some of the most extreme levels of contamination (Credit: Edgard Garrido/Reuters).
Environmental Justice

Women of childbearing age around world suffering toxic levels of mercury

Study finds excessive levels of the metal, which can seriously harm unborn children, in women from Alaska to Indonesia, due to gold mining, industrial pollution, and fish-rich diets NEW YORK, NY — “Women of childbearing age from around the world have been found to have high levels of mercury, a […]