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Debunking FirstEnergy’s bailout arguments
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Debunking FirstEnergy’s bailout arguments

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy, the giant Ohio-based company that owns power plants and transmission lines in several midwestern and northeastern states, is running out of arguments for its proposed bailout. The Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO), which is currently considering the proposal by FirstEnergy for substantial, customer-funded subsidies to bail […]

AEP revises request for coal-plant income guarantee
AEP / Coal

AEP revises request for coal-plant income guarantee

COLUMBUS — “The filing with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, made late on Friday, is an addition to one made last October, taking into account what has happened since then in the electricity market and with PUCO rulings. The October proposal addressed four coal-fired power plants: W.H. Zimmer, J.M. […]

Dick Munson is EDF's Director, Midwest Clean Energy.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy will raise rates to recoup bad bets on coal

NEW YORK, NY — “…Since the 2012 closure announcement, FirstEnergy was allowed to collect up to $300 million a month with the assumption these units generated power all the time. But they didn’t run continuously. Finally, FirstEnergy spent millions of dollars to build new transmission lines along the Ohio River. […]

FirstEnergy making push for new plan, opponents dub it a coal plant bailout
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy making push for new plan, opponents dub it a coal plant bailout

COLUMBUS — “AEP tried it. Duke Energy tried. And now FirstEnergy is taking a swing at what’s known as a Power Purchase Agreement. This is a plan to pass part of the costs of operating power plants on to the ratepayers. The proposal would impact the Davis-Besse nuclear plant in […]

Ohio consumers face difficulties filing complaints against utilities
Energy

Ohio consumers face difficulties filing complaints against utilities

In complaints against the industry, customers face daunting process to seek resolution COLUMBUS —”If you are an Ohio consumer filing a complaint against a utility company, get ready for a long battle, and be prepared to lose. …The PUCO has ruled in favor of consumers just four times in that […]

AEP CEO Nick Akins
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP CEO on PUCO: ‘Turnover is a challenge’ but new leader knows issues

COLUMBUS — “AEP and the state’s other electric utilities are in the midst of major state-level decisions as they face issues stemming from operating in Ohio’s deregulated marketplace. The PUCO, the state agency that oversees Ohio’s power industry, has experienced sizable churn at the top in the last few years. […]

AEP leaning toward selling Ohio power plants
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP leaning toward selling Ohio power plants

Utility concerned about financial viability of unregulated plants COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power appears increasingly likely to sell its Ohio power plants, citing a regulatory structure that the company’s chief executive says is not conducive to investment. …Columbus-based AEP has asked the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to provide a […]

William M. Bowen is professor of public administration and urban studies at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Denying FirstEnergy’s power purchase agreement would leave Ohio’s regulators three-for-three

CLEVELAND — “The importance and value of distributed generation, renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency has, for a variety of reasons, now become more crucial than ever. Thus, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act requires something on the order of a […]

Duke decision on Ohio ‘bailout’ proposal mirrors AEP ruling
Coal / Duke Energy / Energy

Duke decision on Ohio ‘bailout’ proposal mirrors AEP ruling

COLUMBUS — “Ohio regulators have rejected the second of three utilities’ “bailout” proposals, presenting further hurdles for FirstEnergy in an upcoming hearing for its case…. ‘Price stabilization’ vs. ‘bailouts’ In general, Ohio law grants a monopoly to electric distribution utilities, but lets customers choose their electric generation suppliers. If approved, […]

Andre Porter
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Andre Porter confirmed to lead PUCO

COLUMBUS — “Andre Porter will in fact lead the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Tuesday afternoon that Porter, the former commerce department director, will replace PUCO Chairman Tom Johnson. Before joining the commission, he was an attorney at Schottenstein Zox & Dunn Co. LPA, and […]