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FirstEnergy just asks for too much
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy just asks for too much

AKRON — “From afar, FirstEnergy makes more easily the villain. Up close, it gets more complicated, those of us in Akron, especially, aware of the many civic endeavors the power company supports, not to mention its 2,500 employees in Summit County, many at the headquarters downtown. Are the good deeds […]

Court rejects a bid to block coal plant regulations
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Court rejects a bid to block coal plant regulations

WASHINGTON, DC — “In a significant victory for President Obama, a federal appeals panel on Thursday rejected an effort by 27 states and dozens of corporations and industry groups to block the administration’s signature regulation on emissions from coal-fired power plants while a lawsuit moves through the courts. The rule, […]

Researchers are trying to find new ways to benefit from coal.
Coal / Coal Ash

New use for coal? Battelle finding new ways to extract rare minerals

COLUMBUS — “Inside coal are key – and expensive – components used to make parts of cell-phone batteries, magnets and wind turbines. But so far it’s too expensive to get those minerals out without breaking the bank. Rare elements are key in military communication systems, too, which is partially why […]

FirstEnergy proposed deal means regulation not working, state power companies in “death spiral,” says consumer watchdog board
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy proposed deal means regulation not working, state power companies in “death spiral,” says consumer watchdog board

COLUMBUS — “The unprecedented efforts initiated by FirstEnergy and followed by American Electric Power to have customers temporarily subsidize power plants that they say can’t compete have led to calls for reform. The governing board of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel has released its analysis of the malaise gripping Ohio policy […]

AEP's Gavin Plant in Ohio: Ratepayer advocates are calling on the state legislature to convene a task force looking into high electric rates across the state.
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ratepayer advocates say ‘everyone is unhappy’ with Ohio electric market

‘Something is really off here’ COLUMBUS — “’Everyone is unhappy’ with the state of the electric industry in Ohio, according to a report issued Tuesday night by the state agency charged with protecting the interests of Ohio electric consumers. Noting that a majority of states have lower electric rates, the […]

Power company CEOs lobby legislators to fight AEP and FirstEnergy income guarantees
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Power company CEOs lobby legislators to fight AEP and FirstEnergy income guarantees

COLUMBUS — “Ohio regulators are expected to rule on the plans in the coming months, which AEP and FirstEnergy say would ensure power reliability and their continued ownership of the power plants at issue. Kasich, who is enjoying an increase in New Hampshire’s presidential polls, said recently that Ohioans deserve […]

Is coal-ash pollution a civil rights issue?
Coal / Coal Ash

Is coal-ash pollution a civil rights issue?

Feds to study impact on poor, minorities COLUMBUS — “A federal civil rights commission is holding a hearing this week about whether coal ash disproportionately affects low-income and minority populations. …Coal ash, a toxic byproduct of coal-fired power plants, long has been a problem in Ohio. There are 30 coal-ash […]

EDP Renewables operates the Timber Road wind farm in Paulding County, Ohio.
AEP / Energy

900 megawatts of wind and solar power could be coming to Ohio – but no one knows how much it will cost ratepayers

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. wants to build 900 megawatts of wind and solar electric generation projects in Ohio by 2020, but the plan’s cost to customers is unknown. The concession by AEP to build the alternative energy projects is a big reason why erstwhile foe Sierra Club, […]

In a fight that illustrates the fiercely competitive nature of its business, Talen Energy has joined a coalition of power producers opposing a settlement two Ohio utilities struck in 2015 with state regulators to preserve profits for power plants operated by their electricity generating subsidiaries. (ADDISON GEORGE / THE MORNING CALL)
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Talen joins battle with Ohio utilities

ALLENTOWN, PA — ” In a fight that illustrates the fiercely competitive nature of its business, Talen Energy has joined a coalition of power producers opposing a settlement two Ohio utilities struck in 2015 with state regulators to preserve profits for power plants operated by their electricity generating subsidiaries. …Opponents […]

AEP CEO Nick Akins
AEP / Clean Power Plan / Coal

Why this Ohio utility lauds carbon controls

COLUMBUS — “Without a doubt, the Clean Power Plan has stirred controversy in the U.S., where 27 states have sued to stop the policy’s implementation, claiming EPA exceeded its authority under the Clean Air Act. But regardless of the legal challenges, utility executives are moving ahead to meet the new […]