Power-grid operator concerned about profit guarantees for plants AEP and FirstEnergy say the guarantees are needed to maintain a reliable power grid.
The staggering economic cost of air pollution This Nov. 18, 2008 file photo shows the coal-fired power plant in Colstrip in southeastern Montana. Possible pathways are starting to emerge on how to reach the carbon-cutting goals set for Montana by 2030. The state faces the nation’s most stringent cuts under President Barack Obama’s climate change plan to reduce emissions nationwide 32 percent. (James Woodcock/Billings Gazette via AP, File)
Critics call FirstEnergy profit guarantee a corporate rescue mission Critics call FirstEnergy profit guarantee a corporate rescue mission
Ohio Utility Bailouts Ohio’s energy future: What’s the problem?

Ohio’s energy future: What’s the problem?

Ohio is at a crossroads about the future of energy use in our state. As ratepayers and citizens we need to speak out now. Three of the largest utilities in Ohio filed four proposals at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) in 2013 & 2014. These requests seek to […]

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Video: June 15, 2015 Day of Action

COLUMBUS — On June 15, 2015 Ohio Citizen Action and Ohio Sierra Club members and volunteers from all over FirstEnergy’s service territory came to Columbus to deliver a message to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and Governor John Kasich.

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AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Foes of utility profit guarantees brew up ad campaign

COLUMBUS — “An overpriced cup of coffee is being used to illustrate a complex utility-regulation issue in a new television ad by a group that opposes profit guarantees for American Electric Power and FirstEnergy. The ad serves as the launch of a campaign sponsored by the Alliance for Energy Choice, […]

Wind turbines are an increasingly common sight as commercial wind farms proliferate.
Energy

China blows past the U.S. in wind power

Reducing air pollution is a bigger incentive than lowering carbon emissions WASHINGTON, DC — “China solidified its standing as the world’s wind energy behemoth in 2015, adding almost as much wind power capacity in one year as the total installed capacity of the three largest U.S. wind-producing states: Texas, Iowa […]

About 85 percent of male smallmouth bass collected in national wildlife refuges in the Northeastern U.S. had eggs were growing in their testes. Pollutants that mimic sex hormones are the suspected culprit.
Right-to-Know

Why are these male fish growing eggs?

Fish in wildlife refuges are feminized, probably by hormone-skewing pollution. What does this portend for the health of all creatures—and people? SWANTON, VT — “Scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey studied fish in 19 national wildlife refuges in the U.S. Northeast, including Missisquoi. […]

AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Renewable energy charges to show up on AEP bills

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. customers will soon see the costs of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs on their bills. An Ohio law that froze the state’s alternative energy standards included a requirement that power companies include the cost of such programs on customers’ bills. Ratepayers have […]

AEP and FirstEnergy say the guarantees are needed to maintain a reliable power grid.
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Power-grid operator concerned about profit guarantees for plants

COLUMBUS — “The operator of Ohio’s electricity grid has some big concerns about profit-guarantee proposals for American Electric Power and FirstEnergy, but is treading carefully in its comments. PJM Interconnection filed a brief on the AEP proposal on Monday, urging Ohio utility regulators to be aware of that subsidizing one […]

This Nov. 18, 2008 file photo shows the coal-fired power plant in Colstrip in southeastern Montana. Possible pathways are starting to emerge on how to reach the carbon-cutting goals set for Montana by 2030. The state faces the nation’s most stringent cuts under President Barack Obama’s climate change plan to reduce emissions nationwide 32 percent. (James Woodcock/Billings Gazette via AP, File)
Clean Power Plan

The staggering economic cost of air pollution

WASHINGTON, DC — “Air pollution caused by energy production in the U.S. caused at least $131 billion in damages in the year 2011 alone, a new analysis concludes — but while the number sounds grim, it’s also a sign of improvement. In 2002, the damages totaled as high as $175 […]

Davis-Besse to be at full power later this week
Energy / FirstEnergy

Davis-Besse to be at full power later this week

Fuse failure led to shutdown Friday OAK HARBOR — “FirstEnergy Corp. expects its Davis-Besse nuclear plant to be back at full power later this week. A fuse failure in a monitoring system automatically shut down the reactor Friday afternoon, idling the plant over the weekend. By early Monday morning, according […]

Keeping the lights on
Clean Power Plan / Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Keeping the lights on

COLUMBUS — “Two years ago, Ohio lawmakers passed a law freezing Ohio’s renewable-energy standards, which were put in place in 2008 to drive development of alternative energy and energy conservation. The law also created a committee to determine if changes are needed in the standards. The panel recommended that the […]

Ohio voters against FirstEnergy, AEP power deals, worry about utility bills
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio voters against FirstEnergy, AEP power deals, worry about utility bills

COLUMBUS — “Huge majorities of Ohio voters are adamantly opposed to paying higher monthly electric bills bankrolling FirstEnergy and American Electric Power power plants, newly released polling shows. …Ohio AARP and the newly formed Alliance for Energy Choice jointly issued findings from separate polls Friday revealing the depth of consumer concerns […]

Critics call FirstEnergy profit guarantee a corporate rescue mission
Energy / FirstEnergy

Critics call FirstEnergy profit guarantee a corporate rescue mission

COLUMBUS — “Adding the company’s urgency was a deadline of sorts. FirstEnergy wanted to be able to show financial progress in Ohio by the end of 2015 to help avoid a bond-rating downgrade from Moody’s Investors Service. On Dec. 1, FirstEnergy announced that it has reached agreement on a compromise […]