Shut Down Coal-Powered Duke Energy In Cincinnati

Target: Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

Goal: Shut down Duke Energy’s Dirty Coal Plants

While the rest of the United States is moving toward renewable energy, Duke Energy in Ohio is still relying on dirty coal power. Duke Energy’s Beckjord Coal Plant is located 20 miles east of downtown Cincinnati. After causing nearby residents major and minor health issues, it is time for Duke Energy’s plants to be eliminated.

Ohio ranks first in the nation in toxic air pollution with coal-fired power plants to blame, and second in the nation in deaths from coal plants. The state has more installed coal-fired generating capacity than any other state in the nation, including 18 plants that have more than 200-megawatt capacity. Coal pollution affects major body organ systems and contributes to heart disease, cancer, stroke and chronic lower respiratory diseases. The oldest six units of the Beckjord coal plant do not have pollution controls.

In addition to threatening the well being of local residents, Duke Energy is attempting to pass costs to existing, and even former customers who have switched power providers. Modernizations and upgrades that may be needed will be paid for via electric rates. Pricey future federal regulations of coal plants may make them too expensive to operate. Rather than having residents who may have already been physically negatively affected by Duke Energy’s use of coal power pay for extended operations, Duke Energy needs to be shut down and renewable energy needs to be utilized. Sign the petition below to help shut down Duke Energy.


Dear Public Utilities Commission of Ohio,

Ohio ranks first in the nation in toxic air pollution with coal-fired power plants to blame, and second in the nation in deaths from coal plants. Duke Energy is a major contributor to these numbers. Coal pollution contributes to four of the five leading causes of death in the United States. It is time for Duke Energy to join the transition away from coal and move toward renewable energy.

Rather than admitting the need for use of renewable energy, Duke Energy is trying to move toward putting a band-aid on the health and environmental issues that it is facing. Duke Energy will soon need to make major alterations to the coal plants that they are using in order to adhere to federal regulations, and they are attempting to pass those costs to both their existing and former customers.

I am asking that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio recognize the important issues at hand, and that Duke Energy be shut down.


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