Plans to make you pay more to keep coal-fired power plants running is a “bailout,” and other key findings of new poll FirstEnergy Corp. wants its customers to guarantee profitability of its largest coal-fired power plant in Ohio for the next 15 years. The company argues that after the first three years, Sammis would actually make money for customers because wholesale prices would increase. Critics disagree.
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FirstEnergy touts benefits of plan critics decry as ‘bailout’ A proposal by FirstEnergy would essentially guarantee a buyer for power from its Sammis power plant near Stratton, Ohio, and other facililties. (Photo by Chris Dilts via Creative Commons)
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Ohio is at a crossroads about the future of energy use in our state. As ratepayers we need to speak out now. FirstEnergy, Duke and American Electric Power (AEP) have submitted plans to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) for financial bailouts of some of their most outdated and […]

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FirstEnergy Corp. wants its customers to guarantee profitability of its largest coal-fired power plant in Ohio for the next 15 years. The company argues that after the first three years, Sammis would actually make money for customers because wholesale prices would increase. Critics disagree.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Plans to make you pay more to keep coal-fired power plants running is a “bailout,” and other key findings of new poll

COLUMBUS — “Ohioans want more renewable energy and strongly oppose rate increases to help old, coal-fired power plants continue to operate, a new survey has found. The Sierra Club and Public Citizen, a consumer group, commissioned the random telephone survey of 526 people served either by American Electric Power of […]

Duke Energy's W.C. Beckjord Station in New Richmond, Ohio.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Duke Energy plant that spilled diesel into Ohio River written up by feds in the past

EPA had concerns before Monday night’s spill NEW RICHMOND — “The Duke Energy power plant that spilled thousands of gallons of diesel fuel into the Ohio River late Monday has been written up by federal agents in the past. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Coast Guard officials estimated about 5,000 […]

Buckeye Brine LLC started with one well in the fall of 2012; a second well began operation earlier this year. The estimated cost of the third well is $1.5 million. Buckeye Brine LLC is seeking permit for a third well at its Coshocton injection facility. The operation at the intersection of Airport Road and US 36 started with one well in the fall of 2012 and a second well began operation earlier this year. Estimated cost of the third well is $1.5 million.(Photo: Trevor Jones/Times Recorder, Trevor Jones/Times Recorder)
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

‘Poisoned waters’ billboard sparks Coshocton well fight

COLUMBUS — “A Coshocton man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against ‘poisoned waters’ on billboards opposing a local deep-injection gas well is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds. Austin, Texas-based Buckeye Brine alleges in a July lawsuit that the billboards paid […]

Regency, American Energy join on $500M pipeline
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Regency, American Energy join on $500M pipeline

DALLAS, TX — “Regency Energy Partners announced Thursday that it has secured a joint venture agreement with American Energy–Midstream LLC for the construction and operation of Regency’s $500 million Utica Ohio River project. Regency and American Energy Utica LLC, a subsidiary of former Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon’s American Energy Partners, […]

Class-action suit filed over costly electricity plant partly owned by AMP
AMP / Energy / Prairie State Coal Plant

Class-action suit filed over costly electricity plant partly owned by AMP

BATAVIA, ILL — “The lawsuit, filed yesterday in Illinois, seeks what is likely more than $100 million in damages because electricity from Prairie State Energy Campus is more expensive than was disclosed when government-owned electric utilities invested in the plant. They are suing the Indiana Municipal Power Agency and related consultants, […]

Diesel spill at Duke Energy plant leaks thousands of gallons of fuel oil into Ohio River
Coal / Duke Energy / Energy

Diesel spill at Duke Energy plant leaks thousands of gallons of fuel oil into Ohio River

NEW RICHMOND — “Thousands of gallons of diesel fuel spilled out onto the Ohio River after an incident at a power plant early Tuesday. The Coast Guard said it estimated about 8,000 gallons of fuel spilled out from Duke Energy’s W.C. Beckjord power station outside of Cincinnati. …Officials said the three […]

The power of collective energy purchasing
Energy

The power of collective energy purchasing

OAK PARK, IL — “Early aggregations in Illinois were able to take advantage of a unique situation to obtain much lower energy prices, but that situation has changed. They’ll need strategies beyond price to keep aggregation a ‘value add’ for their residents. Cities can take up and invest in energy […]

Jonathan Goolsby accepts his award for best karaoke performance from Melissa English.
Ohio Citizen Action

Rock ‘n Roll Against Dirty Coal a huge success

CINCINNATI —  By every measure, Friday’s benefit for Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund was a big hit. The standing-room-only crowd in the back room of the Northside Tavern was treated to amazing karaoke performances, which included costume changes, duets and enough energy to bring the house down. Thanks to the […]

Harrison County hit by positive magnitude fracking quakes in 2013
Hydraulic Fracturing

Harrison County hit by positive magnitude fracking quakes in 2013

HARRISON CO — “There is new evidence that small earthquakes triggered by hydraulic fracturing or fracking rocked Ohio’s Harrison County in late 2013. The nearly 500 micro-quakes occurred from early October to mid-December near Clendening Lake in an area with no recorded earthquakes, according to seismologist Paul A. Friberg of […]

FirstEnergy Corp.'s unregulated subsidiary, FirstEnergy Solutions, is retreating from retail sales and returning to generating and selling power wholesale into the regional grid. FES won't be missed, say its competitors, who saw its low fixed-price contracts as unsustainable.
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy’s free-wheeling retail company offered fixed rates that ruined the market, frustrated competitors

AKRON — “About 70 FirstEnergy Solutions sales and sales-support positions will be cut next week, leaving the company’s commercial and industrial customers scratching their heads, and competitors scrambling to grab new customers as their contracts with the Akron-based company run out. Competitors — about 30 of them in Ohio alone — […]