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Future of wind farms in Ohio is cloudy
Energy

Future of wind farms in Ohio is cloudy

State regulatory changes and uncertainty over a federal tax credit have clouded the future COLUMBUS — “Wind-energy development in Ohio has entered a long and sometimes agonizing limbo. State regulators have approved 11 projects that have yet to install a single wind turbine. Developers say the projects — which would […]

FirstEnergy Corp. briefly mothballed its W.H. Sammis power plant in 2012 because the company could buy gas-fired electricity in wholesale markets for less than it cost Sammis to generate it. The huge, coal-fired power plant on the Ohio River generates twice as much electricity as two nuclear power plants. Now the company wants its regulated companies to buy all of the plant's output.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy rate deal to cost customers an extra $3 billion, says Consumers’ Counsel

COLUMBUS — “The latest proposed FirstEnergy rate plan would cost customers an extra $3 billion, an expert retained by two consumer organizations charged earlier this week. The plan would have “a net cost to customers of about $3.1 billion to $3.2 billion,” wrote Matthew Kahal, an expert consultant retained by […]

Crews cap gas leak at Monroe County fracking well
Hydraulic Fracturing

Crews cap gas leak at Monroe County fracking well

MONROE CO — “The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued a statement, saying the state would conduct an investigation to ensure that the well is working properly before the company is allowed to continue operations. Triad Hunter has offices in Marietta, in Washington County, and its headquarters is in Texas. […]

Evacuated families in Monroe County await answers on fracking-well gas leak
Hydraulic Fracturing

Evacuated families in Monroe County await answers on fracking-well gas leak

MONROE CO — “From their backyard, less than a mile from the well, the Heaters heard it. The rushing gas sounded like a broken air hose, Heater said — a deep, steady WHOOOOSH. As the weekend approached, gas was still spewing uncontrollably. Families within a mile and a half of […]

In this Feb. 5, 2014 photo, coal ash swirls on the surface of the Dan River as state and federal environmental officials continued their investigations of a spill of coal ash into the river in Danville, Va. GERRY BROOME — AP
Coal / Coal Ash

EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. Environmentalists had pushed for the hazardous classification, citing the hundreds of cases nationwide in which coal ash waste […]

After years of delays, the EPA is moving to regulate coal ash, the leftover waste from coal furnaces that produce electricity.
Coal / Coal Ash

Dam breaks, tainted wells prompt new look at coal-ash dumps that escaped EPA review

CHESTER, WV — “When work began on a strange new reservoir in the hills outside this Ohio River town, local officials promoted the project as offering something for everyone: an aquatic playground for boaters and sunbathers, and for the local power plant, a dump. “Eventually, you may swim and fish […]

Energy regulators heard from representatives of Ohio power companies, businesses and environmental groups during a packed hearing over AEP's request for public support of its coal-burning power plants.
AEP / Coal

Should AEP be guaranteed profits for coal-burning plants? Company makes its case to PUCO

COLUMBUS — “AEP Ohio wants the PUCO to guarantee profits for the utility’s share of a southeastern coal-fired power plant. The plant is old and does not compete well in Ohio’s deregulated market. All power customers in AEP Ohio’s service area would cover the costs instead of AEP’s investors, so […]

Protesters gather for AEP electric rate hike
AEP / Coal / Energy

Protesters gather for AEP electric rate hike

NBC4: Columbus, Ohio News, Weather, and Sports (WCMH-TV) COLUMBUS — “AEP of Ohio is asking the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for $117 million for a Power Plant Agreement. In essence they own several aging coal-fired power plants that they said are not cost-competitive. Two mentioned are the Kyger Creek […]

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer
Hydraulic Fracturing

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

ALBANY, NY  — “Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in […]

Ohio Citizen Action attended the PUCO hearing in Columbus yesterday. From left to right: Sarah Flood, Sammi Tuckerman, Kate Aylward, --, Noah Yasi, Jamie Petroff, Jessica Smith-Szabo, Jessica Kramer, and ---. Kneeling: Amanda Wager, Becca Leslein, and --.
AEP / Coal / Energy

‘Bailout’ or safeguard? Income guarantee for AEP power plant debated

COLUMBUS — “After thousands of pages of testimony and hours of hearings, yesterday provided one more day to debate a hotly contested proposal by American Electric Power. …Although the case focuses on one site, Kyger Creek Plant in southeastern Ohio, the decision will affect several other companies that are seeking […]