FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 10, 2013

Contact: Jed Thorp, jed.thorp@sierraclub.org(614) 461-0734 x 303

Sierra Club Statement on Cancellation of Eastlake Natural Gas Project

The Eastlake power plant, scheduled to close its coal fired units by 2015, will no longer retrofit the plant with natural gas. Image source: cleveland.com

COLUMBUS – Today Jed Thorp of the Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club released the following statement after FirstEnergy and American Municipal Power scrapped plans for a natural gas project in Eastlake:

“This is yet another sign to Ohioans that there are better alternatives to fossil fuels.  A 21st century energy economy means looking at ways to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and lower energy prices, rather than forcing customers to become reliant on new forms of dangerous extraction, like fracking for natural gas. We strongly encourage utilities to instead meet demand with increased energy efficiency, which is cheaper for customers and better for the environment than natural gas.”

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio recently ruled that FirstEnergy must bid their energy efficiency programs into this year’s electricity auction.  Bidding for energy efficiency alongside other forms of energy is expected to lower prices. In their ongoing efforts to repeal Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency benchmarks, FirstEnergy has used the potential for shale gas development in Ohio as an excuse to abandon the standards, but today’s announcement contributes to a growing body of evidence showing that energy efficiency continues to be the less expensive option.

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