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Electricity Company That Reaches Into 11 States Announces a Clean-Energy Transition
Ohio-based American Electric Power, which has five million customers in 11 midwestern and southern states, is changing its business model from coal-fired generation to a combination of gas- and renewable-driven power. “The energy industry is in an era of transformation, moving rapidly toward a cleaner energy economy,” said Nick Akins, AEP’s chairman, president and CEO.
Ohio Coal Production Falls by 28%
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has published a report concluding that coal production in the state dropped by 28 percent last year as competing energy sources took market share away. The downturn is especially difficult for Belmont County, which was responsible for 64 percent of Ohio’s coal production in 2016.
How Fossil Fuel Allies Are Tearing Apart Ohio's Embrace of Clean Energy
With scare studies, policy drafts and political donations, industry groups turned Ohio lawmakers against policies they once overwhelmingly supported.
Pushback in Ohio Against Coal Subsidy Plan
The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, the grid operator PJM Interconnection and the free-market Buckeye Institute are among those filing objections to a Trump administration proposal to subsidize the coal industry.
Ohio Businesses Oppose Bill to Slow Electricity-Generation
Major companies in Ohio, an important consumer of Appalachian coal, are fighting a legislative proposal to slow the state’s transition to clean energy. Among them: Gap Inc., Ikea North America, Nestle, and Cliff Bar & Co. Ohio has also become a hotbed for companies that are turning entirely to renewable energy, including Facebook and General Motors.