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Creative Utility Accounting: Estimating the True Cost of a Subsidy

May 12, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Subsidies and Actual Costs

$5 billion is a lot of money, yet that’s the difference in cost estimates between an Ohio advocacy group and FirstEnergy for the utility’s proposed bailout plan. FirstEnergy says its plan to raise electricity rates will save customers $2 billion. The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel estimates subsidies will cost Ohioans $3 billion.[read more]

Ohio Pressed Pause on Economic Growth When It Froze Its Clean Energy Standards

March 22, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Ohio Clean Energy Economics

In May of 2014, the Ohio Legislature froze the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards as a result of political pressure from Ohio’s largest power company, FirstEnergy, and other groups. We’re only now learning just how bad the damage is.[read more]

Ohio Electricity Regulators Reject Bailout for Uneconomic Power Plants

March 3, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Ohio Regulators and Power Plants

Ohio’s clean energy economy celebrated a big win this week. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) denied American Electric Power Company’s (AEP) request for guaranteed profits to operate its aging and uneconomic coal power plants.[read more]

Toledo's Troubles: Vivid Example of Why We Need to Act on Climate and Clean Water

August 7, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Toledo and Environmental Risk

The recent troubles in Toledo might seem the stuff of scary science fiction stories, but the truth is that a major American city, perched along the Great Lakes, just went three days without any drinking water after pollution poisoned their supply.[read more]

Toledo's Drinking Water Crisis

August 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Toledo Water Crisis

Toledo residents could breathe a sigh a relief after a two-day drinking water ban was lifted. Early Saturday morning, Toledo’s 500,000 residents (and 30,000 residents of southwestern Michigan) were told to stop using tap water after unsafe levels of toxins, likely caused by Lake Erie algal blooms.[read more]

In Ohio, Battle Royale Over Efficiency and Renewable Energy Rages On

May 22, 2014 by Tom Plant

Ohio Efficiency and Renewable Battle

 

Ohio put energy efficiency and renewable energy standards in place in 2008. But no good deed goes unpunished. Some utilities have been slow in implementing efficiency programs and exercised their influence in the General Assembly rather than implement efficiency measures.[read more]

Fracking Linked to Earthquakes in Ohio

April 15, 2014 by Briana Mordick

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced that recent earthquakes in Ohio were likely caused by fracking. This is the fourth documented case of induced seismicity linked to hydraulic fracturing, and the latest in a series of earthquakes in Ohio caused by oil and gas production activities.[read more]

Voters in Colorado and Ohio Approve Anti-Fracking Measures

November 7, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Voters in at least three more Colorado municipalities, as well as another in Ohio, approved anti-fracking measures in Tuesday's elections, continuing a trend whereby local communities are standing up in support of their right to self-determination.[read more]

Coal Country Replacing Coal With Demand Response and Energy Efficiency

September 11, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Ohio Demand Response

Northern Ohio is coal country. These days, that’s a problem. The lack of coal capacity in coming years drove up prices in PJM’s capacity auction in 2012, so PJM responded with a solution: transmission. One year later, the regional clearing price was back in line.[read more]

The Politics Over Davis-Besse

January 9, 2012 by Dan Yurman

Concrete cracks in the containment structure aren't the reason for anti-nuclear fervor by Rep. Dennis Kucinich U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-OHThe ongoing saga of anti-nuclear opposition to the continued operation of FirstEnergy's (NYSE:FE) Davis-Besse nuclear reactor located on the shores of Lake Erie is linked to a gift to voters...[read more]

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Texas Offshore Wind Energy Project Poised to be 'First in the Water'

June 9, 2011 by Jesse Jenkins
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Texan wind energy developer poised to construct first U.S. offshore wind turbine, even as policy uncertainty and tricky project financing harries competing projectsWith some five gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy projects in the works, the long-promised dawn of offshore wind in America could be at hand. And although the most...[read more]

Davis-Besse to flip its 2nd lid in 2012

March 8, 2011 by Dan Yurman
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Replacement of the reactor vessel head will start in October 2011 FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) Nuclear Operating Company's Davis-Besse 893 MW PWR at Oak harbor, OH, near Toledo, will enter a fuel outage in October 2011, which is earlier than called for in the usual outage schedule. During this outage, which will extend into 2012, a new reactor...[read more]

Winning Our Energy Future with $15 billion for R&D

February 21, 2011 by Teryn Norris

Today, we have an op-ed published in the Presidents' Day edition of The Plain Dealer, the largest newspaper in Ohio. The op-ed, "Winning Ohio's energy future," arrives one day before President Obama visits Cleveland to promote the administration's "winning the future" agenda and host a business forum on entrepreneurship and innovation.Co...[read more]

Choosing Green Projects Wisely

October 1, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles
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One aspect of blogging I never anticipated was the degree to which it would put me on the radar screen of public relations agencies. Not a day goes by that I don't receive at least a half dozen emails from various PR firms seeking publicity for a new product, project, initiative or campaign. Their clients include companies, government...[read more]

Mired in Tight Race, Ohio Gov. Strickland Does Away with Renewable Energy Taxes

September 30, 2010 by Tim Hurst

The State of Ohio on Wednesday took a big step toward lowering the barriers to entry for building/installing renewable energy facilities across the state. Governor Ted Strickland issued an Executive Order eliminating the state’s tangible personal tax and real property tax for advanced and renewable energy project facilities. The move...[read more]