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State agencies to pay for Vienna residents’ water testing after oil spill
Injection Wells

State agencies to pay for Vienna residents’ water testing after oil spill

VIENNA TOWNSHIP — “Residents in Vienna who live along Sodom Hutchings Road witnessed a leakage of approximately 2,000 gallons of light waste that left fish, turtles, and wildlife dead. The clean-up and containment of the oil byproduct spill has homeowners concerned about their drinking water, which many say comes from […]

Ohio regulators adopt Duke Energy’s ESP plan, reject related PPA proposal
Coal / Duke Energy / Energy

Ohio regulators adopt Duke Energy’s ESP plan, reject related PPA proposal

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — “Consistent with its ruling in AEP Ohio’s request for an electric security plan with a PPA rider, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on April 2 modified and approved Duke Energy Ohio Inc.‘s ESP while rejecting its proposed price stabilization rider for two coal plants. ‘The commission […]

Victory: Duke Energy bailout of old coal plants denied
Coal / Duke Energy

Victory: Duke Energy bailout of old coal plants denied

COLUMBUS — Today the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) denied Duke Energy their bailout request (aka their “Price Stabilization Rider”) for their portions of the outdated and inefficient Kyger Creek and Clifty Creek coal plants. The rest of the Electric Security Plan submitted by Duke, which has not been […]

Earthworks releases report highlighting Ohio’s fracking waste disposal problems
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Earthworks releases report highlighting Ohio’s fracking waste disposal problems

WASHINGTON, DC — Environmental group Earthworks released a report on the fracking waste disposal process in four states, including Ohio today. “WASTING AWAY: Four states’ failure to manage gas and oil field waste from the Marcellus and Utica Shale” highlights the standard practices and regulatory gaps for fracking waste disposal […]

Dr. Heather Zoller
Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund Board of Directors – Heather Zoller

CINCINNATI — “I’m very pleased long-time member and friend Dr. Heather Zoller of Cincinnati has joined the Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund Board of Directors. Her particular area of research will be extremely helpful as the Education Fund looks for new ways to engage citizens in our grassroots public health […]

A power plant and coal ash pond in North Carolina.
Coal / Coal Ash / Energy

Big Coal can’t stop, won’t stop

WASHINGTON, DC — “You have to acknowledge the tenacity of Rep. David McKinley (R, WV). Just three months (and only 42 working days) after EPA signed its first-ever coal ash rule, McKinley has introduced a new coal ash bill that guts the new EPA rule and protects the polluters who […]

Christian Lofton with Renewable Energy Design (RED) Group and Daryl Cox with Sylverster & Cockrum Installers, aligning a panel and tightening the nib clamps. Solarize Charlotte is a grassroots initiative to help make the transition to solar power as affordable as possible.
Energy

Americans want more solar and wind, not coal – Gallup poll

WASHINGTON, DC — “A new Gallup poll shows that broad majorities of Americans want more emphasis on renewable energy sources like wind and solar, while coal remains least popular. … the poll shows that a full 79% of Americans want more emphasis on producing energy from solar power, while only 28% […]

AEP has sought guaranteed rates for some of its older plants, including one near Conesville, Ohio.
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP wants PUCO to hurry up with its PPA decision

COLUMBUS — “A proposal to guarantee American Electric Power Company Inc. a profit on its stake in a coal-fired power plant was rejected by Ohio regulators last month, but the decision left open the possibility that another plan could be accepted. AEP now warns that delays could lead it to […]

PUCO should make a decisive ruling against FirstEnergy, write three politicians worried about rising costs for consumers. (File photo)
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Oppose FirstEnergy electric security plan

CLEVELAND — “Analysts for the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council and the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel say consumers will lose big on the deal. They peg the cost of the current rate-increase proposal at an additional $3 billion over the next 15 years. Even FirstEnergy projects more than $400 million in […]

Thomas W. Johnson, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Energy

PUCO chairman resigns

Tom Johnson will remain a commissioner, however COLUMBUS — “Thomas Johnson has resigned as chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, citing unspecified personal reasons. While he will no longer be chairman, he will serve out his term as a commissioner on the five-member board. …He said in the […]