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Energy Secretary Rick Perry's former campaign chairman, Jeff Miller (second from left), sat behind Perry during his Senate confirmation hearing (Credit: C-SPAN).
Energy

Lobbying: Longtime aide cashes in after fixing Perry’s ‘oops’ image

WASHINGTON, DC — “Jeff Miller directed Rick Perry’s 2016 presidential campaign and shepherded the Energy secretary through the Senate confirmation process. Now, he’s cashing in. A handful of energy companies paid Miller’s recently launched lobbying practice $1.17 million through the first nine months of 2017, federal lobbying disclosures show. The […]

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 […]

The Oregon Clean Energy Center near Toledo, now fully operational, is the first of as many as 10 large gas turbine power plants either under construction, approved or planned for Ohio by independent power producers. Each of the plants will generate nearly 1,000 megawatts and run around he clock, increasing the pressure on old coal and nuclear power plants. However, the federal Department of Energy has proposed to federal regulators a Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule to help keep old coal and nuclear plants from closing, with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission expected to take final action on the rule soon (Credit: Oregon Clean Energy Center).
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 […]

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 […]

The Kayford Mine near Charleston, West Virginia (Credit: Dennis Dimick / FLICKR).
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

A troubling look at the human toll of mountaintop removal mining

NEW HAVEN, CT — “The devastating environmental impacts of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia have long been well documented. But over the last decade, Indiana University researcher Michael Hendryx has been examining another consequence of this form of coal surface mining that had previously been overlooked: the health impacts on […]

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Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Emails reveal how Duke edited scientific reports on coal ash, coordinated with advisory board chair

CHARLOTTE, NC — “Emails and documents obtained by WBTV show senior officials at Duke Energy edited reports prepared by at least one professor hired by the company to prepare independent scientific reports related to the impact of coal ash ponds on groundwater. The documents also show a second professor, Dr. […]

A drilling rig in Columbiana County
Coal

Coal takes a back seat to cheaper and plentiful natural gas in Ohio

COLUMBUS — “Twenty-five years ago, Ohio was a place where plentiful coal led to low electricity rates, and almost nobody was talking about getting oil or gas from shale. The state’s utility companies were shielded from competition thanks to a price regulation and monopoly service. And all of that was […]

The General James M. Gavin coal plant in southeast Ohio (Credit: Analog Kid / Creative Commons).
Coal / Energy

Federal moves unlikely to ‘make coal great again,’ experts say at Ohio panel

CLEVELAND — “The Trump administration’s shifts in energy and environmental policy likely won’t change the downward trajectory of America’s coal sector, industry experts reported at a panel in Cleveland this week. The program at Case Western Reserve University delved into reasons why the United States’ coal industry has declined and […]

Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states
Air Quality / EPA

Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states

ANNAPOLIS, MD — “Maryland is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution, the state’s attorney general and an official in Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration said Wednesday. The Hogan administration says 70 percent of Maryland’s […]