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Electricity companies seek some regulation
AEP / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Electricity companies seek some regulation

COLUMBUS — “Three of Ohio’s four largest utilities — companies that rarely agree on anything — are teaming up in an attempt to dial back on deregulation. The companies — American Electric Power, Duke Energy and FirstEnergy — are asking state regulators to guarantee profits on a select number of […]

FirstEnergy has announced that it would delay planned capital improvements at two of its largest and most critical power plants in Pennsylvania, including the Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power station, above.  Steve Mellon/Post-Gazette
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Energy firm FirstEnergy stops new sales to residential clients

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp. has decided that residential customers are as unpredictable as the weather, so it is stopping new sales to them effective immediately. The Ohio-based energy company is reshuffling the customers in its competitive segment — which includes FirstEnergy Solutions, an electricity supplier that competes with utilities — […]

Chill from Ohio RPS freeze extends to neighboring solar markets

Chill from Ohio RPS freeze extends to neighboring solar markets

COLUMBUS — “On June 13, Ohio made history by becoming the first state to ‘freeze’ its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The passage of SB310 was a major setback for the renewable industry in Ohio, but who knew what happened in the Buckeye State could affect solar in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and even Kentucky? […]

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 / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy Corp. looking to rate payers to support its struggling unregulated power plants

AKRON — “The proposed Ohio rate plan would run from June 2016 through May 2016. It would extend many of the provisions of the current rate plan — and add one new wrinkle — a provision to use the steady profits from the regulated Ohio companies  to subsidize two of […]

An offshore oil platform and wells are silhouetted by the setting sun in the Gulf of Mexico.
Hydraulic Fracturing

Deep water fracking next frontier for offshore drilling

HOUSTON, TX — “Energy companies are taking their controversial fracking operations from the land to the sea — to deep waters off the U.S., South American and African coasts. Cracking rocks underground to allow oil and gas to flow more freely into wells has grown into one of the most […]

Help kids breathe easier this summer
AEP / Coal / Energy

Help kids breathe easier this summer

Help Us Close Gavin from SVS Mediaworks on Vimeo. Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund kicked off a new campaign August 1 to help kids breathe easier this summer. The goal is to raise $10,000 by August 27,in order to continue work to prevent coal ash spills into Ohio’s drinking water […]

Roxanne Qualls
Ohio Citizen Action

Qualls joins Xavier’s team

CINCINNATI — “Former Cincinnati mayor and councilwoman Roxanne Qualls has been hired by Xavier University. She’ll be Special Assistant to the Provost for Urban and Regional Engagement and will report to Provost and Chief Academic Officer Scott Chadwick. She was hired because of her background in community engagement in the […]

U.S. District Court in Cleveland (Photo: WKYC)
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Man who dumped fracking waste into river gets prison term

U.S. District Judge Donald Nugent sentenced Lupo to 28 months in prison and fined him $25,000 CLEVELAND — “The owner of a Youngstown-based company was sentenced to more than two years in prison for violating the Clean Water Act by dumping fracking waste into a tributary of the Mahoning River, […]

The meeting was quick, and the vote was unanimous: no settlement of the Rumpke expansion lawsuit. (Photo: Jennie Key/The Community Press )
Good Neighbor Campaigns / Rumpke Landfill

Colerain Twp. says no deal in Rumpke suit

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — “Colerain Township trustees took less than a minute to vote not to settle the lawsuit filed by the Rumpke Sanitary Landfill in 2006 over the expansion of the landfill. The proposed settlement would have allowed Rumpke to expand its landfill operations by about 300 acres and would […]

Sierra Club calls FirstEnergy plan ‘bailout’ for old, dirty coal plants
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Sierra Club calls FirstEnergy plan ‘bailout’ for old, dirty coal plants

AKRON — “An environmental group is blasting FirstEnergy Corp.’s proposed electricity pricing plan, calling it a way for the Akron-based utility to bail out its coal plants and make consumers pay. ‘FirstEnergy is just reaching so deep into people’s pockets,’ said Daniel Sawmiller, senior campaign representative for the Sierra Club’s […]