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The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station (Credit: NRC)
Energy / FirstEnergy

FES to ask state for customer-paid subsidy to save nuclear plants

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy Solutions is hoping to emerge from federal bankruptcy court as a competitive nuclear power company, backed by new state subsidies and operating under new federally mandated market rules. The company already has begun the groundwork for that transformation, hiring a team of experienced lobbyists who have been […]

Fossil Fuels are a threat to civilization, new U.N. report concludes
Climate Change / Pollution

Fossil Fuels are a threat to civilization, new U.N. report concludes

INCHEON, South Korea — “the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a daunting report, suggesting that we are currently on track for around 3 degrees Celsius of warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions. The IPCC authors promise that we will see coastal cities swallowed by the sea, global food shortages, and $54 […]

Renewable Energy / Voter Engagement Work

Questions for Ohio’s next Governor

Renewable Energy…safe drinking water…clean air. These and other environmental issues should be on the radar of candidates running for governor in Ohio.  Ohioans should know what they’re getting when they cast their votes. Aaron has a question about environmental justice Anastazia has a question about mandatory renewable investments Scott has a question about […]

Pairing Wind + Solar for Cheaper, 24-Hour Renewable Energy
Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Pairing Wind + Solar for Cheaper, 24-Hour Renewable Energy

A unique power project in Ohio will take advantage of solar’s midday burst of energy and wind’s all-day power to provide more consistent clean energy to the grid. LIMA — “Along a country road east of Lima, Ohio, a company is preparing to build one of the world’s largest renewable […]

Trump administration prepares a major weakening of mercury emissions rules
Coal

Trump administration prepares a major weakening of mercury emissions rules

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Trump administration has completed a detailed legal proposal to dramatically weaken a major environmental regulation covering mercury, a toxic chemical emitted from coal-burning power plants, according to a person who has seen the document but is not authorized to speak publicly about it. The proposal would not eliminate […]

Choosing Ohio’s next Governor
Energy / Voter Engagement Work

Choosing Ohio’s next Governor

Wealthy people influence government and elections through powerful institutions like banking, insurance, real estate, healthcare, manufacturing and of course energy and utility companies. But powerful people don’t always agree. Some favor supporting Republicans, while others favor Democrats; many support both parties just to be safe. They think of the hundreds […]

Senator Howard M Metzenbaum
Ohio Citizen Action

Metzenbaum Society Giving Circle

Metzenbaum Society members contribute $1,000 or more in a year to both support the mission of Ohio Citizen Action/ Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund and honor the memory of a key ally on consumer and environmental issues, the late Senator Howard M. Metzenbaum. His work to promote reporting of toxic […]

FirstEnergy's downtown Akron headquarters.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Bankruptcy court OKs FirstEnergy Solutions settlement, setting stage for reorganization

AKRON — “U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Alan Koschik said late Tuesday that he will approve a complicated settlement of financial issues between FirstEnergy and its bankrupt subsidiary FirsrtEnergy Solutions. FirstEnergy will make a settlement payment of $225 million to FES and issue $628 million in notes for the subsidiary that will […]

Joshua Sands – Ohio Citizen Action board member
Ohio Citizen Action

Joshua Sands – Ohio Citizen Action board member

Joshua Sands has been an Ohio Citizen Action member since 1990 and is a current member of the Metzenbaum Society giving circle. A retired ophthalmologist, Joshua has seen many cases of air pollution impacting people’s vision and eye health. “I am very concerned about the environment and the potential health […]

100% Renewable Energy: Cleveland Sets a Big Goal as It Sheds Its Fossil Fuel Past
Energy / FirstEnergy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

100% Renewable Energy: Cleveland Sets a Big Goal as It Sheds Its Fossil Fuel Past

Cleveland joins more than 80 U.S. cities that have committed to get all their electricity from renewable sources. But in Ohio, that might be easier said than done. CLEVELAND — “Cleveland, Ohio, which has worked for years to reinvent itself as it sheds its industrial past, has become the latest major […]