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Oil and other industrial wastes caught fire on the Cuyahoga River on November 1, 1952.
EPA

Theodore Decker: EPA’s inaction stirs memories of Ohio’s polluted past

COLUMBUS — “It would be nice to think that an era in which rivers and eyeballs burned from pollution was firmly in the past. But with Donald Trump in the White House and Scott Pruitt his main man at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it may be that noxious days are […]

Repeal 2014 setback rules for wind turbines
Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Repeal 2014 setback rules for wind turbines

TOLEDO — “Wind energy developers considered this requirement highly onerous, and their money followed them out of Ohio. A 20-page report by two Washington-based industry groups, the American Wind Energy Association and the Wind Energy Foundation, found Ohio has foregone roughly $4.2 billion in potential economic development since the 2014 rules […]

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Coal / Energy

A moment of truth arrives for Rick Perry’s widely hated coal bailout

WASHINGTON, DC — “Donald Trump campaigned for president with intense support from coal miners and coal mining communities. He promised them the moon — mines would reopen, their jobs would come back, and their communities would thrive. Like many of Trump’s promises, these are impossible to keep, but he’s been […]

Ohio manufacturers ask FERC to say ‘no’ to new energy tax: Ryan Augsburger (Opinion)
Ohio Utility Bailouts

Ohio manufacturers ask FERC to say ‘no’ to new energy tax: Ryan Augsburger (Opinion)

CLEVELAND — “The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will soon decide whether or not to increase the price of electricity paid by manufacturers and working families in Ohio and across the Northeast and Midwest. If enacted, the proposed rule change would deal a serious blow to America’s manufacturing competitiveness by requiring consumers to […]

Consumer groups maintain rate increase cases and power purchase agreements filed by the utilities are muddying the waters of Ohio's energy market.
Utilities

Power Failure: How utilities across the U.S. changed the rules to make big bets with your money

CHARLESTON, SC — “Listen to the folks who run some of our biggest electric utilities: Tom Fanning, chief of Southern Company, in 2016 about its nuclear project in Georgia, which is years behind schedule: ‘It has gone beautifully. And we’re on schedule.’ Kevin Marsh, CEO of SCANA, in 2016 about […]

Ohio town, solid for Trump, now frets over EPA slowdown
Air Quality / Environmental Justice / EPA / Good Neighbor Campaigns

Ohio town, solid for Trump, now frets over EPA slowdown

EAST LIVERPOOL — “In Ohio, a change in state law that was tucked into a budget bill this year cut funding for an inspector in East Liverpool, even as Ohio authorities found continued evidence of air pollution violations at the Heritage Thermal incinerator, according to state records obtained by The Times. […]

Carla Walker
Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action Board of Directors — Carla Walker

“It always seems impossible, until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela Born and raised in Cincinnati, Carla Walker’s journey has taken her all over the world. From the halls of Harvard to Johannesburg South Africa, she has acquired the information, skills and network to truly be the change she wants to […]

Editorial: The Trump administration’s coal bailout
Coal / Energy

Editorial: The Trump administration’s coal bailout

NEW YORK, NY — “Federal energy regulators will soon vote on a ham-fisted Trump administration proposal to subsidize coal-fired power plants. This plan could cost families and businesses billions of dollars in higher electricity prices for no discernible public benefit. The measure in question comes from the energy secretary, Rick […]

With Hite gone, wind setbacks measure reintroduced under new sponsor
Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

With Hite gone, wind setbacks measure reintroduced under new sponsor

COLUMBUS — “An issue that some believe will reignite the wind energy industry is getting a new wave of support. A previous version of the bill stalled after the resignation of a senator. A northeast Ohio Republican lawmaker has reintroduced a bill to decrease wind setbacks, which is the distance a […]

FirstEnergy wants to raise rates by 2 percent for grid upgrades
FirstEnergy / Utilities

FirstEnergy wants to raise rates by 2 percent for grid upgrades

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy wants to increase electricity rates by up to 2 percent for three years to make some $450 million in improvements to the grid. Any increase in electric bills would require approval by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. The utility hopes the commission will OK the proposal by May, […]