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Could toxic chemicals along the Ohio River be a danger to our drinking water? The Beckjord plant, located about 20 miles east of Cincinnati, has been closed for two years. Emily Maxwell | WCPO
FirstEnergy customers would pay equivalent of extra monthly electric bill for up to eight years State regulators approved a plan to help subsidize the Davis-Besse Plant in Ottawa County and other power plants across Ohio by having customers act like investors.
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Ohio’s energy future: What’s the problem?

Ohio stands at a crossroads about its energy future. As ratepayers and citizens we need to speak out now.  In 2014, our state legislature passed a law putting a two year freeze on our clean energy standards. We need to get Ohio back on track to an efficient and clean […]

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Ohio Citizen Action practices door to door democracy throughout the state – year round. Here are just a few of people like you who have taken action. Our members have been sending personalized picture postcards to Governor John Kasich demanding an end to the freeze on clean energy standards in […]

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FirstEnergy is rebuilding its system of high-voltage transmission lines and could spend up to $15 billion on upgrades in the next few years. The company owns 24,000 miles of high-voltage power lines.
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy sees $15 billion in power line upgrades, for which you will pay

AKRON — “FirstEnergy believes rebuilding its high-voltage transmission system is the best strategy for growth and future profits. The company is currently in the third year of a $4.2 billion renovation of portions of the grid in Ohio and Pennsylvania and expects to complete the upgrades by next year, James Pearson, […]

Todd Snitchler (L) and Steven Lesser (R) photo: RTO Insider
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ex-Ohio regulators debate AEP, FirstEnergy PPAs

Ott, Hughes, Thomas Talk Capacity Market WILLIAMSBURG, VA — “Two former Ohio regulators debated FirstEnergy’s and American Electric Power’s controversial power purchase agreements in the opening session of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners Annual Education Conference last week. Steven Lesser, who served on the Public Utilities Commission of […]

Study links 6.5 million deaths each year to air pollution
Coal / Energy

Study links 6.5 million deaths each year to air pollution

PARIS, FRANCE — “A sobering report released on Monday by the International Energy Agency says air pollution has become a major public health crisis leading to around 6.5 million deaths each year, with ‘many of its root causes and cures’ found in the energy industry. The air pollution study is […]

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 […]

The Beckjord plant, located about 20 miles east of Cincinnati, has been closed for two years. Emily Maxwell | WCPO
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Could toxic chemicals along the Ohio River be a danger to our drinking water?

NEW RICHMOND — “As early as next year, Duke Energy has said it will begin tearing down the more than 60-year-old [Beckjord Power] plant. The electric utility giant closed the plant in late 2014 just the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was writing new federal standards for how coal ash ponds should […]

Howard Petricoff
Energy

Kasich picks Democrat Petricoff to fill seat on PUCO

COLUMBUS — “The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio now includes a Democrat for the first time in more than a year with the appointment of Howard Petricoff to the panel. …Petricoff, 66, retired this year after more than 30 years representing private clients in cases before the PUCO. In recent […]

State regulators approved a plan to help subsidize the Davis-Besse Plant in Ottawa County and other power plants across Ohio by having customers act like investors.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy customers would pay equivalent of extra monthly electric bill for up to eight years

CLEVELAND — “Federal utility regulators appear to be the last bulwark between consumers and FirstEnergy’s efforts to make them pay more to subsidize two of its old Ohio power plants. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, several environmental groups and competing power suppliers have asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to intervene […]

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station at Oak Harbor, Ohio, would have a guaranteed buyer for all its output if the PUCO approves a FirstEnergy plan. Photo by Kathiann M. Kowalski.
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Advocates weigh in with federal regulators on FirstEnergy plan

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy has claimed that consumers would eventually come out ahead, based on its assumption that gas prices will increase significantly over the next eight years. However, a May 2016 report by the Energy Information Administration projects that natural gas prices will remain below $5 per million British thermal […]

Protesters stood outside a Kroger's shareholding meeting to protest the use of BPA, a controversial chemical used in food packaging.
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Protesters gather outside Kroger shareholder’s meeting

OVER-THE-RHINE — “The songs and chants of a group of about 50 protesters marching on the Kroger shareholder meeting at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts echoed up and down Central Parkway Thursday morning. The protesters marched in the name of consumer’s and farm worker’s rights. It would have been […]

Consumer advocates and Ohio citizens demand Kroger ban toxic BPA in food packaging
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Consumer advocates and Ohio citizens demand Kroger ban toxic BPA in food packaging

CINCINNATI — “Consumer and environmental advocacy organization Ohio Citizen Action, along with Ohio residents, rallied outside of the Kroger annual shareholder meeting today. They called on the grocery chain to commit to a policy to eliminate bisphenol A (BPA), use safe substitutes for the toxic chemical in canned food linings, […]