Coal is losing the war Coal is losing the war
Nuclear plants plagued by leaking pipes FirstEnergy‘s Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Outrage over EPA emissions regulations fades as states find fixes A coal tipple lies abandoned near an closed mine site outside of Whitesburg, Ky., in June. (Joby Warrick/The Washington Post)
Karaoke Challenge July 31, 2015 in Cincinnati Karaoke Challenge July 31, 2015 in Cincinnati
Ohio Utility Bailouts What’s the problem?

What’s the problem?

Ohio is at a crossroads about the future of energy use in our state. As ratepayers we need to speak out now. Three of Ohio’s four largest utilities — companies that rarely agree on anything — are teaming up in an attempt to dial back on deregulation. Duke and AEP […]

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Coal is losing the war
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Coal is losing the war

Yes, there’s a war on coal, but the industry’s list of enemies goes way beyond the government PITTSBURGH, PA — “There is, indeed, a war on coal going on. But while politicians and industry lobbyists tend to identify the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama administration as coal’s chief antagonists, […]

FirstEnergy‘s Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Nuclear plants plagued by leaking pipes

Activists claim leaking pipes allow radioactive material into water CARROLL TOWNSHIP/OAK HARBOR — “Davis-Besse is one of only a dozen confirmed spent fuel pool leaks in the United States, said Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear. ‘Not the short list you want to see your local nuclear power plant on,’ Kamps […]

Reports: Clean Power Plan will take bite out of bills
Clean Power Plan / Energy

Reports: Clean Power Plan will take bite out of bills

COLUMBUS – “The Clean Power Plan is expected to be finalized soon, and two new reports refute opponents’ claims that the plan will increase electric bills for Ohioans. Synapse Energy Economics developed a scenario that includes investments in renewables and energy efficiency, and found nationally the average household participating in […]

A coal tipple lies abandoned near an closed mine site outside of Whitesburg, Ky., in June. (Joby Warrick/The Washington Post)
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy / Mountaintop Removal

Outrage over EPA emissions regulations fades as states find fixes

HAZARD, KY — “The story is the same across much of the country as the EPA prepares to roll out what is arguably the biggest and most controversial environmental regulation of the Obama presidency. Under the Clean Power Plan, states will have to find ways to achieve dramatic cuts in […]

Karaoke Challenge July 31, 2015 in Cincinnati
Ohio Citizen Action

Karaoke Challenge July 31, 2015 in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI — “Live the rock star dream in this live band karaoke contest fundraiser, featuring Sexy Time (the live band karaoke guys) and the Make Me Sing Scare-aoke Challenge. Admission: Suggested contribution of $20. Tickets also available at the door. Proceeds benefit Ohio Citizen Action’s campaigns to stop a consumer bailout […]

Amazon to use North Carolina wind power to offset energy needs of Ohio data centers
Energy

Amazon to use North Carolina wind power to offset energy needs of Ohio data centers

COLUMBUS — “Amazon wants renewable energy to power its data centers planned for central Ohio, so the company is helping to build a wind farm — in North Carolina. Clean-energy advocates say Ohio runs the risk of getting bypassed for big projects because of new setback limits passed last year […]

What happens after the coal plant closes?
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

What happens after the coal plant closes?

ALBRIGHT, WV — “Sometime this summer, the EPA will issue regulations that limit carbon dioxide emissions from power generation, pushing more of the country’s 400 coal-fired power plants to close. The environmental and health benefits are undeniable, and overwhelming. The economic consequences for towns like Albright, where a coal plant […]

Ohio wraps up its SB 310 “Energy Mandates” Committee, but the facts don’t lie: Efficiency and renewables are a win-win for the state
Energy

Ohio wraps up its SB 310 “Energy Mandates” Committee, but the facts don’t lie: Efficiency and renewables are a win-win for the state

NEW YORK, NY — “It would seem counterintuitive to put on hold a state law that has reaped over a billion of dollars in financial rewards for consumers, added thousands of well-paying local jobs to a struggling economy, and protected public health by enabling significant reductions in climate change-causing carbon […]

The coal ash disaster at the Kingston Fossil Plant, Tennessee—three years after the spill.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy / Energy

Politics as dirty as coal ash: House bill lets polluters off the hook

WASHINGTON, DC — “On Wednesday, the House of Representatives will vote on HR 1734, Rep. David McKinley’s (R- WV) sixth attempt at a coal ash bill that protects his largest campaign contributors. This year’s bill weakens, delays or removes critical health protections recently established by the EPA to keep communities […]

A trade group representing energy-technology companies worries that proposed changes to Ohio’s renewable-energy requirements will hurt attempts to attract businesses that make wind- and solar-power components.
Energy

Ohio’s clean-energy mandates likely to be cut as legislative panel ends work

Result could be reduction, not repeal, of benchmarks COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s clean-energy benchmarks are more likely to be reduced than repealed, according to the leaders of a special legislative panel that has been studying the topic. The Energy Mandates Study Committee held its final meeting on Monday, and its members […]