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Study: Ohio opt-out will cost state billions in benefits
AEP / Coal / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Study: Ohio opt-out will cost state billions in benefits

WASHINGTON, DC — “Our new research shows that utility customers would pay a hefty price if more large customers were allowed to opt out of energy efficiency programs. In Ohio’s case, they would pay billions of dollars. Fundamental fairness suggests that because these programs benefit everyone, everyone should pay for […]

West Frankfort, a city of 8,000 people in the heart of southern Illinois' coal-producing region, hosts a festival every spring to celebrate its mining heritage and the contributions of current and former miners who live in the area. But no matter what President Trump says, there's little optimism here that the mining industry will be restored to prominence (Credit: Jeffrey Tomich/E&E News).
Coal

COAL: No one is holding breath for Trump-led revival in this IL town

WEST FRANKFORT, IL — “It’s Friday afternoon in May at Terry’s Barber Shop, just hours before the midway and carnival games kick off a block away at the Old King Coal Festival, an annual celebration of the area’s mining heritage that goes back to 1941. Terry Chambers opened his barbershop […]

Sierra Club to testify against Ohio subsidy for coal-fired plants
Coal / Energy

Sierra Club to testify against Ohio subsidy for coal-fired plants

COLUMBUS — “The Sierra Club is scheduled to testify Tuesday that House Bill 239 is a bad idea for consumers and the planet. This follows a hearing last week during which utility-company officials called the plan a prudent approach to a complicated situation and a way to preserve jobs. …Under […]

The more electricity regulators delay, the more customers pay
FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

The more electricity regulators delay, the more customers pay

COLUMBUS — “Remember the old ‘money booths,’ in which game show participants got to grab as many dollars as they could before the timer went off? Well, FirstEnergy’s the lucky contestant; everyday Ohioans are supplying the cash, and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is refusing to call time. […]

AEP Ohio customers to get up to $60 credit on electric bill
AEP

AEP Ohio customers to get up to $60 credit on electric bill

COLUMBUS — Ohioans who get their power from AEP Ohio could receive a credit of up to $60 on their bills this month. The electric utility is issuing $84 million in refunds because of a settlement over charges it reached with the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel and other stakeholders late last […]

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FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

PJM auction results could push nuke operators to ‘double down’ on subsidies

WASHINGTON, DC — “Prices in the PJM Interconnection’s capacity auction were once again disappointing for many generators, but for operators of nuclear power plants they could be a particularly troubling sign. The results could add to efforts to create nuclear subsidies and prove to be a turning point in the […]

Dustin McDaniel of the Abolitionist Law Center has been campaigning to shut down SCI Fayette in Pennsylvania. He says the well-being of prisoners isn't taken into consideration when agencies decide where to site prisons. (Credit: Nina Young)
Coal Ash / Environmental Justice

America’s toxic prisons: The environmental injustices of mass incarceration

SACRAMENTO, CA – “Matthew Morgenstern is convinced his Hodgkin’s lymphoma was caused by exposure to toxic coal ash from the massive dump right across the road from SCI Fayette, a maximum-security prison in LaBelle, Pennsylvania, where he is currently serving a 5- to 10-year sentence. ‘In 2010 and until I […]

Ohio’s economy: A test case for Trump’s climate decision
Coal / Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Ohio’s economy: A test case for Trump’s climate decision

WASHINGTON, DC — “Ohio is a political bellwether each election cycle and a symbol of industrial decline stretching to the late 1970s. As steel mill closures mounted, Youngstown became the embodiment of deindustrialization. Still, in using Ohio as an emotional lever for voters concerned about job losses and the decline […]

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Right-to-Know

The womb is no protection from toxic chemicals (Opinion)

NEW YORK, NY — “Until a few decades ago, the popular but falsely reassuring belief was that babies in the womb were perfectly protected by the placenta and that children were just “little adults,” requiring no special protections from environmental threats. We now know that a host of chemicals, pollutants […]

Huge power company pushes for FirstEnergy’s Ohio nuke plan: ‘As a nation, we are at a crossroads’
FirstEnergy

Huge power company pushes for FirstEnergy’s Ohio nuke plan: ‘As a nation, we are at a crossroads’

CHICAGO, IL — “Exelon Corp., the company that owns a quarter of the country’s nuclear power plants, is vouching for an Ohio utility’s plea for subsidies for its two nuclear plants. …’As a nation, we are at a crossroads,’ Joseph Dominguez, executive vice president for governmental and regulatory affairs and […]