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Opportunity Knocks With Closing of Coal-Fired Power Plant in Upstate New York

Potential Makeover of Tonawanda's Economy May Serve as a National Model

When we published our report about the fading financial viability of the aging Huntley Generation Station in early 2014, the facts showed the facility was all but destined to close. It had marginal usefulness for the region it was built to serve, and the financial drain it placed on NRG, the owner, would be borne […]

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Media Monitor: Op-Ed Epiphany, Informed Comebacks, and Two Editorials of Note

Media Monitor: Op-Ed Epiphany, Informed Comebacks, and Two Editorials of Note

The Governor of West Virginia Says He’s Looking Beyond Coal

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has a remarkable column in yesterday’s Charleston Gazette-Mail in which he lays out the beginning at least of a vision for a post-coal economy in a state that for generations has been so deeply connected to coal. Tomblin has been governor for only three years but has spent his […]

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NextEra Wants Hawaii’s Electric Company, but That’s Not What Hawaiians Want

NextEra Wants Hawaii’s Electric Company, but That’s Not What Hawaiians Want

A Proposed Takeover Would Cede Control to an Off-Island Conglomerate, Reduce Local Accountability and Probably Derail the State’s Renewable Energy Agenda

NextEra Energy’s proposed takeover of Hawaiian Electric Company is running into serious, well-grounded opposition—and for good reason. In July, the governor of Hawaii weighed in against the deal, along with Hawaii’s Office of Planning and the state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. More recently, Hawaii’s Division of Consumer Advocacy—a state agency charged with […]

September 1, 2015 Read More →
FirstEnergy Continues Its Fear-Mongering Ways

FirstEnergy Continues Its Fear-Mongering Ways

‘Attempting to Scare Ohioans’ is a Tried and True Strategy for a Utility Seeking a $3 Billion Bailout

Andre Porter, the new chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, made headlines a couple of weeks ago when he said utilities have got to “stop attempting to scare Ohioans.” Porter’s admonition was noted by Columbus Business First reporter Tom Knox in response to an op-ed in the Plain Dealer by FirstEnergy CEO Chuck […]

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