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The Davis-Besse nuclear power plant might not survive, says FirstEnergy, unless its gets special treatment from the PUCO.
AEP / Coal / Energy

PUCO rejects deal to have ratepayers subsidize a coal-fired power plant

COLUMBUS — “The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio made history Wednesday by declining to allow AEP Ohio to have ratepayers subsidize the continued operation of a 1950s-era coal-fired power plant it owns along with FirstEnergy and other state utilities. The decision — immediately applauded by consumer and environmental groups — […]

Pictured right to left: Sammi Tuckerman, Kate Aylward
AEP / Energy

AEP’s plan for guaranteed coal-plant income rejected

COLUMBUS — “Ohio utility regulators have rejected an American Electric Power proposal to guarantee income from two coal plants. Regulators said the plan was legal but would not benefit consumers. The coal-plant decision, which is part of a larger AEP rate case mostly approved today, has wide-ranging ramifications. Two other […]

Supreme Court review of mercury rules could impact Ohio
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Supreme Court review of mercury rules could impact Ohio

WASHINGTON, DC — “A case currently before the Supreme Court could decide whether coal-fired power plants can escape federal rules for mercury and other hazardous air emissions. The case has important consequences for Ohio and other parts of the Midwest. On the one hand, utilities and other challengers argue that […]

Andre Porter

Porter’s return to PUCO fuels speculation about chairman’s future

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s commerce director will move back to his old seat at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio amid speculation that he’ll soon become chairman. …The PUCO has a number of major decisions in front of it that have remain unanswered. A major American Electric Power Company Inc. (NYSE:AEP) […]

Ohio’s oil-and-gas industry donations, ruling tied?
Hydraulic Fracturing

Ohio’s oil-and-gas industry donations, ruling tied?

COLUMBUS — “Justice Judith L. French authored the majority opinion in Tuesday’s 4-3 ruling that said state law trumped local ordinances designed to keep fracking out. The decision was based on a 2004 law whose prime sponsor was a legislator named Tom Niehaus, a New Richmond Republican who went on […]

FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones is poised to remake the company
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones is poised to remake the company

AKRON — “FirstEnergy has run — not walked — away from its unregulated subsidiary FirstEnergy Solutions, which has owned all of the power plants since 2005. FES now operates conservatively, for example, by not booking orders for every megawatt it is capable of generating, but holding back some in case […]

Dynegy lobbying against AEP’s power purchase agreement plan
AEP / Coal / Energy

Dynegy lobbying against AEP’s power purchase agreement plan

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. (NYSE:AEP) is a stalwart of the Ohio business community, employing thousands throughout the state and in Central Ohio. So when the utility talks about its problems, political heavyweights tend to listen. Dynegy is a new player in the state, last year spending $2.8 […]

FirstEnergy Corp. CEO, Anthony Alexander is leaving the company, 43 years after joining Ohio Edison, its predecessor.
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy CEO Anthony Alexander leaving the company

AKRON — “Former FirstEnergy top executive Anthony Alexander is leaving the company on April 30, after spending just four months in a newly created position as  “executive chairman.” He will also leave the  FirstEnergy board of directors, effective May 1. …Alexander, 63,  stepped down as CEO on Jan. 1. He […]

A drilling rig in Columbiana County
Hydraulic Fracturing

Local governments cannot regulate fracking, Ohio Supreme Court rules

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Supreme Court ruled today that local governments cannot use their home-rule powers – including zoning laws — to regulate oil and gas drilling. In a 4-3 ruling, the majority concluded that the Summit County city of Munroe Falls could not enforce its fracking and zoning regulations […]

An investigation led by Pennsylvania Congressman Matthew Cartwright (center) into several states' fracking waste practices has failed to provide any substantive details. Credit: Congressman Matt Cartwright
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

States drag their feet on Congressman’s frack waste investigation

Cartwright finds responses from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia too little and too late WASHINGTON, DC — “A Pennsylvania congressman wanted to know how his state and two neighboring states oversee the disposal of the often toxic waste generated by fracking oil-and-gas wells. …Among the issues Cartwright raised: How each […]