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Critics say Ohio utility’s proposed fixed charge i...

Proposed rate changes for American Electric Power’s Ohio utility customers could unduly burden the grid by discouraging energy efficiency and distributed generation, according to critics. At issue is AEP’s proposal to increase fixed charges for its Ohio utility customers by more than twice the current rate—from $8.40 per month to $18.40 per month by 2018. An evidentiary hearing in the case is currently set to start on June...

Stunning drops in solar and wind costs turn global...

    Last year, solar in Chile set a record low global price for unsubsidized electricity by any technology. CREDIT: ACERA. Stunning drops in solar and wind costs turn global power market upside down The world built more renewables for far less money last year, report UN and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.  ThinkProgress | Stunning drops in the cost of wind and solar energy have turned the global power market upside down. For...

Congress should make oil and gas companies pay for...

In his inaugural speech, President Trump vowed to pry the nation’s wealth and power away from Washington politicians and restore them to the American people. But this week the Senate is poised to vote on a bill – quietly passed by the House on Feb. 3 – to rob those same taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties owed by energy companies drilling for oil and gas on land that belongs to the public. The measure...

Trump’s EPA Halts Request for Methane Inform...

One of Scott Pruitt’s first orders as administrator is to walk back from an effort to rein in climate-warming methane leaks from the oil and gas industry. In a strong signal of its retreat from climate change action, the Trump administration on Thursday halted an effort to gather data from the oil and gas industry that is needed to rein in leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. More than 15,000 owners and operators...

A Rare Republican Call to Climate Action (Carbon T...

The most important thing about a carbon tax plan proposed last week may be the people behind it: prominent Republicans like James Baker III, George Shultz and Henry Paulson Jr. Their endorsement of the idea, variations of which have been suggested before, may be a breakthrough for a party that has closed its eyes to the perils of man-made climate change and done everything in its power to thwart efforts to reduce greenhouse...

Local attorney blasts Spectra Energy over fault li...

 Calls apparent oversight of Bowling Green Fault line ‘an astonishing screw-up’ A local attorney known for defending activists today called Houston-based Spectra Energy’s apparent oversight of the Bowling Green Fault line “an astonishing screw-up” that could help his cause and complicate company efforts to build its proposed $2 billion NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline through northwest Ohio. Flanked by about 50...

Air pollution may cause 21 percent of dementias wo...

Air pollution may cause about 21 percent of cases of dementia worldwide, including Alzheimer’s disease, if a study of older women can be extended to the general population. Women aged 65 to 79 are 81 percent more at risk for general cognitive decline and 92 percent more likely to develop dementia if they live where fine particle matter exceeds the U.S. Environmental Agency’s standards, according to the study, led by...

Anti-Environment Extremists Vote Against Clean Air...

Undoing limits on wasteful methane pollution would speed climate change, harm public health “It baffles the mind that anti-regulatory extremists in the House of Representatives voted to undo a win-win rule that protects public health and saves taxpayers money at the same time.” Jessica Ennis Senior Legislative Representative Washington, D.C. — Anti-environment extremists in the House of Representatives voted today [221-191]...

Analysis: BP Energy Outlook sees coal demand peaki...

Analysis by Carbon Brief shows that, for the first time, the BP Energy Outlook is forecasting a peak in global coal demand. It has trimmed 239 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe), or 6%, from its 2035 outlook for coal, which it now expects to be below demand in 2030. The oil major’s annual outlook is widely watched for hints at the firm’s view of the energy world. Its 2017 edition, published this week, is the sixth in a...

Ohio electric deregulation on the chopping block?

CLEVELAND — The big power plants that FirstEnergy and Columbus-based American Electric Power have operated for decades just cannot make electricity as cheaply — or as profitably —  as the new gas turbines, and at times, wind farms. The companies have been looking for a way to escape the perils of market prices that come with deregulation or at the very least craft “surgical” amendments to state...