As FirstEnergy announces closures, ‘bailout’ request keeps growing FirstEnergy recently announced the closure of four units at the W.H. Sammis power plant.
Eyeing FERC end-run, Ohio utilities keep pressing state regulators to support old plants Consumer groups maintain rate increase cases and power purchase agreements filed by the utilities are muddying the waters of Ohio's energy market.
The 3rd Annual Rock n’ Roll against Dirty Coal Contest The 3rd Annual Rock n’ Roll against Dirty Coal Contest
FirstEnergy coal retirements likely part of broader merchant shift, potential sale FirstEnergy coal retirements likely part of broader merchant shift, potential sale
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CLEVELAND — When you buy a product or service you can mostly get what you want, right? For instance, with a new car purchase you can prioritize things like gas mileage, safety or other features in accordance with your values and needs. Now what about your home’s electricity — is […]

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AEP / Coal

AEP to pursue partial restructuring of Ohio’s energy market

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. is going after a partial restructuring, not full re-regulation, of Ohio’s energy market, its top executive said Thursday. The timeline for the restructuring at the Ohio Statehouse is admittedly aggressive. CEO Nick Akins said stakeholders, including lawmakers and other power generators, are now […]

FirstEnergy recently announced the closure of four units at the W.H. Sammis power plant.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

As FirstEnergy announces closures, ‘bailout’ request keeps growing

COLUMBUS — “Despite announcing the closure of four units at an Ohio coal plant it initially sought to protect, the amount of money FirstEnergy could recover from customers in new charges has now ballooned to more than $8 billion, according to a recent filing. FirstEnergy still wants a non-bypassable charge […]

Consumer groups maintain rate increase cases and power purchase agreements filed by the utilities are muddying the waters of Ohio's energy market.
AEP / Dayton Power & Light / Energy

Eyeing FERC end-run, Ohio utilities keep pressing state regulators to support old plants

Dayton Power & Light joined AEP and FirstEnergy in asking regulators to approve bill riders to keep aging coal and nuclear generation online COLUMBUS — “Ohio utilities are undeterred by federal regulators’ decision in April to block affiliate power purchase agreements that would have supported older coal and nuclear generation. […]

PUCO hears 3rd rate plan testimony
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

PUCO hears 3rd rate plan testimony

FirstEnergy is opposed to idea COLUMBUS — “Testimony is moving forward on a rate plan by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio that would have customers pay FirstEnergy Corp. $393 million, and maybe more, to shore up the utility’s credit rating. The plan is the third proposal in a rate […]

The 3rd Annual Rock n’ Roll against Dirty Coal Contest
Coal / Energy / Ohio Citizen Action

The 3rd Annual Rock n’ Roll against Dirty Coal Contest

CINCINNATI — Live the rock star dream in this live band karaoke contest fundraiser. Proceeds benefit Ohio Citizen Action’s campaign to break Ohio’s dependence upon inefficient, dirty coal plants and to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy use. Sign up to be a Core Contestant by contacting Melissa English or […]

Judge wants answers on DuPont’s C8 liability
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Judge wants answers on DuPont’s C8 liability

CHARLESTON, WV — “It’s time to get to the bottom of how DuPont Co.’s spinoff of part of its holdings and its nearly completed merger with Dow Chemical Co. affect the liabilities related to water contamination with and human illnesses potentially caused by the manufacturing giant’s C8 chemical, a federal […]

FirstEnergy coal retirements likely part of broader merchant shift, potential sale
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy coal retirements likely part of broader merchant shift, potential sale

AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp.‘s decision to abandon more than 850 MW of coal-fired capacity in Ohio, including four units at its 2,210-MW W.H. Sammis coal plant, could be part of a broader strategic shift around its merchant business. ‘They’re looking to cut costs and they’re looking at shutting down assets,’ […]

FirstEnergy to shut down or sell several coal-fired units in Ohio
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy to shut down or sell several coal-fired units in Ohio

AKRON — “FirstEnergy said it will complete its closure or sale of the Bay Shore unit by October 2020 and will shut down the Sammis units in May 2020. The company had been hoping to get some subsidies for its older coal-fired power plants from the Public Utilities Commission of […]

FirstEnergy will retire or sell 836 MW of fossil generation
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy will retire or sell 836 MW of fossil generation

COLUMBUS — “In nearly two years of debate at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, FirstEnergy and its utility colleagues told regulators that Sammis and other aging baseload would be essential in preserving reliability and preventing an over-reliance on natural gas. PUCO approved eight-year power purchase agreements last year for […]

Sandy Buchanan, executive director of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysisng,has worked on a variety of energy issues involving coal, nuclear, utilities, renewables, and energy efficiency since the 1980s. She served as executive director of Ohio Citizen Action for 20 years before joining IEEFA in 2013.
Energy / FirstEnergy

IEEFA Cleveland: The Lights Are on but the Bills Are Too Damn High

CLEVELAND — “On the private utility side, as IEEFA has documented in a series of reports, FirstEnergy has made a string of corporate decisions to keep rates high, even after Ohio deregulated electricity in 2000 in hopes of encouraging competition. FirstEnergy sought and received a $6.9 billion bailout, approved by […]