FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享By Andy Chow for WOSU:Ohio’s largest energy companies are trying to figure out what they’re going to do with their coal power plants as they navigate through a vital time in the utilities industry. For the final installment of his three-part series, Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow explores the different paths those utilities can take and what that means for Ohioans who pay to keep the lights on.Many agree that the state of Ohio has reached a boiling point where the fate of coal, renewable energy and the regulatory framework itself must be decided.Businesses and energy companies think so.“It’s not on a front page it’s not something people will immediately understand, it’s geeky stuff,” said Sam Randazzo.“Quite frankly I think we’re at a crossroads,” Todd Snitchler added.Environmentalists think so.“We’re at an incredibly critical transition point,” said Dan Sawmiller.And legislators think so.“We’re at a point where all of those major issues remain undecided,” said Republican Senator Bill Seitz of Cincinnati.AEP and FirstEnergy had plans to keep their struggling coal plants afloat by adding an extra charge to customers’ electric bills. But that was essentially struck down by federal regulators.FirstEnergy is trying to find a new way to fund the plants while AEP has suggested selling off all its coal plants or try to go back to a regulated industry.Full story and audio for three part series here: http://radio.wosu.org/post/power-plant-your-electric-bill-critical-point-future-energy-ohio Ohio Energy Decisions ‘at a Boiling Point’
September 20, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Hurricane Harvey, National Issues, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced that members of PA Task Force One, Urban Search and Rescue Task Force returned to their home station in Philadelphia after several weeks on federal deployment to assist first responders after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Hurricane Irma hit Florida.Five members remain deployed as part of a federal Incident Support Team currently stationed in San Juan, Puerto Rico to provide support to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in anticipation of significant impacts from Hurricane Maria. Their mission is to coordinate operations of federal resources currently on the ground there.“The men and women of Task Force One make tremendous sacrifices in time away from their loved ones in both training and actual deployments,” said Governor Wolf. “We’re proud that we can help our fellow Americans during the incredibly difficult response and recovery process.”The team has the capability to conduct water rescues and consists of highly trained personnel in search and rescue such as heavy rigging and structural specialists, hazardous materials, specialized communications, medical personnel and canine handlers, as well as staff who will aid the team with ground support once they arrive on site.It is not known how long deployed members will remain in Puerto Rico. PA TF1 US&R is just one of numerous task forces from multiple states to receive federal activation orders. PA Task Force One Returns to Philadelphia after Federal Deployment for Harvey and Irma Response
By now I am sure you saw the publicity that followed the Germany National Team win over Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals. The reason it made headlines is that the score was 7-1. In World Cup Soccer most world teams can win the title with 7 goals total through the entire tournament. Scoring 7 goals in one game, beyond peewee soccer, is unheard of in the sports world.The sad part of these stories is the craziness placed on a single athletic contest. To the people of Brazil, their national pride was crushed. To the World Soccer fan this publicity is not such a rare occurrence. We, in the United States, have not considered soccer as being at this level of athletic prowess. I suppose it might occur at an NCAA Final Four, a Super Bowl Championship, or the National Football title game.Countries should put this type of national pride into improving the lives of their countrymen instead of thinking of soccer as the “be all-end all”. Brazil is still there today and will be there next week despite that soccer score.