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Ohio, West Virgina, 13 other states file to block Clean Power Plan
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Ohio, West Virgina, 13 other states file to block Clean Power Plan

CLEVELAND — “Ohio’s electric utilities may get a breather on the issue of carbon dioxide their coal-and-gas-fired power plants put into the air. Ohio and 14 other states led by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey this afternoon asked the D.C. federal appeals court to block the U.S. Environmental Protection […]

Federal policies still favor coal
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Federal policies still favor coal

Don’t believe that the coal industry is under siege by the government WASHINGTON, DC — “Yet, even with the Clean Power Plan in place, little-known federal policies and subsidies at the Department of the Interior will continue to tilt U.S. energy markets in favor of coal. Forty percent of U.S. […]

FirstEnergy’s Davis-Besse nuclear power plant near Toledo is one of the plants included in the company's power purchase agreement proposal, which is scheduled to be heard next week as part of a broader plan.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

PUCO staff needs more time as FirstEnergy PPA hearing looms

COLUMBUS — “…in a filing that PUCO observers cited as odd, PUCO staff on Friday delayed testimony. Their expert opinion is one of the final steps needed before the hearings can begin. “Comes now the staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and respectfully requests that the due date […]

How much does coal cost Appalachia, the U.S., and the world?

How much does coal cost Appalachia, the U.S., and the world?

Coal’s Devastation Scholars may never understand the energy source’s full economic cost, but that doesn’t make its damage any less knowable. WASHINGTON, DC — “Hundred-million year-old sunlight has heated our homes and powered our factories for decades. Today, that energy is delivered less often by the friendly neighborhood coal man […]

President Obama delivers his speech announcing the final Clean Power Plan on Monday, August 3 (courtesy of Susan Walsh/Associated Press).
Clean Power Plan / Energy

SB 310 makes it far harder for Ohio to comply with the Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, DC — “Last Monday, President Obama stood at the podium in the East Room of the White House to announce ‘the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against global climate change’ – the final Clean Power Plan (CPP). As the President noted in his […]

Jonathan Goolsby
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy / Ohio Citizen Action

#KaraokeVsCoal (Karaoke wins!)

CINCINNATI — “The second annual Rock ‘n Roll Against Dirty Coal: Live Band Karaoke Challenge may be over, but the fight goes on. Many thanks to our contestants, judges, sponsors, volunteers and audience who helped us raise $7,453 at the event July 31. The competition was close, but judges awarded […]

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The Ohio River near New Richmond, Ohio, with the coal-fired Zimmer Power Station in the background.

Agency considers further delay on Ohio River mercury rule

NEW RICHMOND — “A 12-year extension allowing power plants and other industrial polluters to exceed mercury standards as wastewater enters the Ohio River could be stretched out even further, if a proposal before an interstate regulatory board is approved. The question before the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) […]

The U.S. wind energy boom couldn’t be coming at a better time
Clean Power Plan / Energy

The U.S. wind energy boom couldn’t be coming at a better time

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, released last week, requires the country to use a lot more renewable energy by the year 2030 — and a lot less coal. And right on time, two new reports published Monday by the Department of Energy find that one key renewable sector — […]

Tom Knox
Columbus-based AEP is one of the country's biggest electric providers
AEP / Energy

AEP gets another chance to show an income guarantee benefits consumers

COLUMBUS — “The Columbus electric utility (NYSE:AEP) wanted state regulators to hurry up and hear the plea to ink long-term power purchase agreements for its Ohio power plants. Now, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has set dates for hearings that follow a similar proposal from Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE) […]

Samantha Allen is a Federal Policy Coordinator with the Ohio Sierra Club and a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Clean Power Plan

Opinion: Ohio is ready for the Clean Power Plan

CINCINNATI — “It’s not every day that the word ‘historic’ can be accurately applied to describe actions taken by our government. But when President Obama stood in front of our nation last Monday to announce his plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, he was indeed taking the first […]