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FirstEnergy’s Decision to Close Coal Plants is a Sign of the Environment

FirstEnergy Corp.’s decision to retire six older coal-fired power plants with a total capacity of about 856 megawatts is a sign of the times, or a sign of the environment. The plants are located in Ohio and will cease to operate no later than 2020 — a move that the Cleveland-based utility said was prefaced on economics, and that it could not afford to operate the units any longer.

Southern Company Reporting Renewable Energy Efforts

Atlanta-based Southern Company will report on the company’s renewable energy projects and its future plans to integrate more renewable energy into its operations. The move follows negotiations with environmental nonprofit As You Sow, which had filed a shareholder resolution seeking information on the utility’s sustainability efforts. As a result, a … Read more »

Exxon to Publish Carbon Emissions Risk

Exxon Mobil became the first oil and gas producer to agree to publish risks that stricter emissions limits would have on its business, according to a shareholder group. The New York Times reported that Arjuna Capital and advocacy group As You Sow extracted that concession, with that information provided by … Read more »


First Energy Bows to Shareholder Pressure to Cut Emissions

Utility FirstEnergy, one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the US, has responded to shareholder demands and agreed to reduce its carbon emissions, the New York Times reports. The company — the eighth-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the US according to the Greenhouse 100 index — says it … Read more »

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Arctic Blast Could Cost US Economy $5 Billion

The record freeze that blanketed the eastern half of the US this week cancelled or delayed thousands of flights, halted road and rail travel, and drove energy prices higher, Reuters reports. At least nine people have died from frigid temperatures, expected to be 25 degrees to 35 degrees Fahrenheit below … Read more »


FirstEnergy Closing Coal Plants, But Obama Not to Blame

Two Pennsylvania coal-fired power plants would have to close regardless of new environmental regulations, owner FirstEnergy said. The Hatfield’s Ferry and Mitchell plants, whose combined 2,080 MW equals about 10 percent of FirstEnergy’s generating capacity, are loss-makers because of historically low electricity market prices, abundant low-cost natural gas and dysfunction … Read more »

Power Plants Cut CO2 Emissions 7% in Three Years

Power Plants Cut CO2 Emissions 7% in Three Years

US power plants cut emissions from nitrous oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and CO2 in 2011 even as overall electricity generation increased, according to data from the Energy Information Administration and the EPA. In 2011, power plant NOx and SO2 emissions were 70 percent and 72 percent lower, respectively, than … Read more »

FirstEnergy Overpaid by Millions for Renewable Energy Compliance

Audits show that utility FirstEnergy spent millions of dollars more than it should have to comply with Ohio’s renewable-energy mandates, and passed the cost on to consumers, The Plain Dealer reports. The state law mandates a percentage of the power every electric company sells to be generated from renewable sources. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Drought Plan, India Responsibility Reports, Sears Freezers

President Barack Obama, while campaigning in Iowa, announced $170 million in government meat and fish purchases to help farmers struck by drought. The plan to purchase up to $100 million of pork, $50 million of chicken, and $10 million each of lamb and catfish is in addition to the $30 million … Read more »

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