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Diesel spill at Duke Energy plant leaks thousands of gallons of fuel oil into Ohio River
Coal / Duke Energy / Energy

Diesel spill at Duke Energy plant leaks thousands of gallons of fuel oil into Ohio River

NEW RICHMOND — “Thousands of gallons of diesel fuel spilled out onto the Ohio River after an incident at a power plant early Tuesday. The Coast Guard said it estimated about 8,000 gallons of fuel spilled out from Duke Energy’s W.C. Beckjord power station outside of Cincinnati. …Officials said the three […]

The power of collective energy purchasing
Energy

The power of collective energy purchasing

OAK PARK, IL — “Early aggregations in Illinois were able to take advantage of a unique situation to obtain much lower energy prices, but that situation has changed. They’ll need strategies beyond price to keep aggregation a ‘value add’ for their residents. Cities can take up and invest in energy […]

Jonathan Goolsby accepts his award for best karaoke performance from Melissa English.
Ohio Citizen Action

Rock ‘n Roll Against Dirty Coal a huge success

CINCINNATI —  By every measure, Friday’s benefit for Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund was a big hit. The standing-room-only crowd in the back room of the Northside Tavern was treated to amazing karaoke performances, which included costume changes, duets and enough energy to bring the house down. Thanks to the […]

Harrison County hit by positive magnitude fracking quakes in 2013
Hydraulic Fracturing

Harrison County hit by positive magnitude fracking quakes in 2013

HARRISON CO — “There is new evidence that small earthquakes triggered by hydraulic fracturing or fracking rocked Ohio’s Harrison County in late 2013. The nearly 500 micro-quakes occurred from early October to mid-December near Clendening Lake in an area with no recorded earthquakes, according to seismologist Paul A. Friberg of […]

FirstEnergy Corp.'s unregulated subsidiary, FirstEnergy Solutions, is retreating from retail sales and returning to generating and selling power wholesale into the regional grid. FES won't be missed, say its competitors, who saw its low fixed-price contracts as unsustainable.
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy’s free-wheeling retail company offered fixed rates that ruined the market, frustrated competitors

AKRON — “About 70 FirstEnergy Solutions sales and sales-support positions will be cut next week, leaving the company’s commercial and industrial customers scratching their heads, and competitors scrambling to grab new customers as their contracts with the Akron-based company run out. Competitors — about 30 of them in Ohio alone — […]

Ohio SB 310 post mortem: It’s worse than you thought
Energy

Ohio SB 310 post mortem: It’s worse than you thought

COLUMBUS — “Despite an amazing amount of opposition to the bill from a diverse group of interests (business, environmental, consumer advocates, faith groups, local government, and the general public), the Ohio legislature passed SB 310,and Governor Kasich signed the bill on Friday, the 13 th of June. A very inauspicious […]

Dan Bakal is director of electric power at Ceres, a nonprofit group.
Clean Power Plan / Energy

In anticipating EPA plan, states can follow examples of neighbors

BILLINGS, MT — “While some continue to claim that renewable energy is too expensive, a recent National Renewable Energy Laboratory report estimates that such projects have added only about 1 percent to electricity costs across the country. That’s well below the cost-containment caps that most state legislatures have adopted. Meanwhile, […]

A proposal by FirstEnergy would essentially guarantee a buyer for power from its Sammis power plant near Stratton, Ohio, and other facililties. (Photo by Chris Dilts via Creative Commons)
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy touts benefits of plan critics decry as ‘bailout’

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy says a proposed deal between its regulated Ohio utilities and their unregulated generation affiliate would create a windfall for ratepayers. However, the utility has been opaque about releasing information that could shed light on this claim. …Either way, FirstEnergy’s plan presumably builds anticipated costs into the contract […]

Scientists are getting to the bottom of what's in fracking fluids — with some troubling results. Credit: Doug Duncan/U.S. Geological Survey
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

A new look at what’s in ‘fracking’ fluids raises red flags

BERKELEY, CA — “William Stringfellow, Ph.D., says he conducted the review of fracking contents to help resolve the public debate over the controversial drilling practice. Fracking involves injecting water with a mix of chemical additives into rock formations deep underground to promote the release of oil and gas. It has […]

Ohio takes big risk with energy freeze: Doug Kinsey
Energy

Ohio takes big risk with energy freeze: Doug Kinsey

CLEVELAND — “Mitigating risk is essential to being a smart long-term investor. The move by Ohio politicians to freeze the state’s renewable-energy and energy-efficiency standards demonstrated that they are not thinking ahead. Ohio had been one of many clean-energy success stories. The state’s renewable-energy and energy-efficiency standards, passed in 2009, […]