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Ohio legislators have passed a new energy law that affects everyone’s electric bills and changes the state’s course on green energy policies.

President Trump used the pomp and circumstance of the East Room, complete with an entrance to "Hail to the Chief" and a bevy of supportive Cabinet members, to tout "America's Environmental Leadership" on Monday. There was no new policy announcement. In fact, the event felt mostly like a campaign rally. But it may amount to recognition that the environment and climate change are a growing concern for U.S. voters and an issue on which Democrats hold an edge.

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President Trump has thrown his latest lifeline to the ailing coal industry, significantly weakening one of former President Barack Obama's key policies to address climate change.

The Environmental Protection Agency released the final version of its Affordable Clean Energy rule on Wednesday. It's supported by the coal industry, but it is not clear that it will be enough to stop more coal-fired power plants from closing.

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The Ohio House has passed a sweeping energy bill that would bail out the state’s two nuclear power plants and wipe out green energy standards. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the debate covered a wide span of issues from both sides of the aisle.  

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Opponents are outraged over changes made to the so-called “clean air” bill approved by an Ohio House committee this week.

Nearly 300 coal-fired power plants have been "retired" since 2010, according to the Sierra Club. It's a trend that continues despite President Trump's support for coal. That has left many communities worried that those now-idled places will simply be mothballed.

In his latest effort to boost the coal business — and in the process help a major supporter — President Trump has called on the Tennessee Valley Authority to, essentially, ignore the advice of its staff and keep a large coal-fired power plant operating.

The move has drawn extra scrutiny because that plant buys coal from a company headed by a large campaign donor to Trump, Murray Energy Corp. Chairman, President and CEO Robert Murray.

A deal is in place to help Akron-based FirstEnergy Solutions emerge from bankruptcy protection. 

In another proposed reversal of an Obama-era standard, the Environmental Protection Agency Friday said limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants is not cost-effective and should not be considered "appropriate and necessary."

The EPA says it is keeping the 2012 restrictions in place for now, in large part because utilities have already spent billions to comply with them. But environmental groups worry the move is a step toward repealing the limits and could make it harder to impose other regulations in the future.

The Trump administration plans to eliminate an Obama-era requirement that new coal-fired power plants have expensive technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions.

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FirstEnergy Solutions blames the current energy market for deciding to close its Ohio coal plant within the next four years. 

President Trump has ordered Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take immediate steps to help financially troubled coal and nuclear power plants.

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After years in limbo, a plan to build a new coal-fired plant in the state has been scrapped. 

A subsidiary that runs Akron-based FirstEnergy's nuclear and coal-fired power plants has filed for bankruptcy. 

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The Trump administration will scuttle an Obama-era clean power plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, made the announcement in Hazard, Ky., on Monday, saying the rule hurt coal-fired plants.

"The EPA and no federal agency should ever use its authority to say to you we are going to declare war on any sector of our economy," Pruitt said, speaking at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

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The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to issue a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants.

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State energy regulators are considering a new plan from Columbus-based American Electric Power that would allow the utility to increase rates for customers.

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The operator of a southern Ohio power station says six people were injured in an explosion at the coal-fired plant.   

PUCO Approves Utilities Plan To Raise Rates To Subsidize Older Plants

Mar 31, 2016

State regulators have approved a pair of deals that allow FirstEnergy and AEP to impose multi-billion dollar rate increases on electricity customers to subsidize some older coal-fired and nuclear power plants.

Alternative energy supporters have organized a campaign against two proposed agreements that they call coal-plant bailouts.

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Utilities, energy officials and environmental advocates are debating a proposal that would set the stage for the future of energy in Ohio.