We hope you can join the Sierra Club for our annual Chapter Retreat. As one of the largest and most influential environmental organizations in the state, this is the time each year where we celebrate our victories, renew our spirits, and make our plans the year ahead. All are welcome, and meals will be provided for members who register.
In June 2014, Governor Kasich signed into law a bill that guts Ohio’s clean energy and efficiency standards. Passing this new law was not enough for Ohio’s utilities, though.
Now, Ohio’s largest electric utilities, AEP, Duke, and FirstEnergy are seeking to keep a number of Ohio’s oldest and dirtiest power plants open for years to come.
And they want you and me to pay for it.
POWER PLANT IN OHIO TO RETIRE, NOT REFUEL WITH NATURAL GAS
July 16th, 2013
In case you missed it, here are the nitty-gritty details from the agreement: AEP reached an agreement with other parties to modify its 2007 decree that addresses air pollution under the federal Clean Air Act — what’s called a New Source Review decree — which gave AEP the option to retire the Muskingum River’s fifth unit or refuel it with natural gas.
As the utility companies retire their coal units, it is critical that they we take care of working families, as well as build a greener economy with new clean energy jobs. Across the nation, Americans are finding jobs in the clean energy industry, developing new technology, installing solar panels on rooftops, maintaining wind turbines, and more. We’re glad that AEP’s decision will help create a healthier, safer, and more sustainable planet.
–Dan Sawmiller, Senior Campaign Representative, Ohio and Kentucky Beyond Coal