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Federal commission clears path for pipeline

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Wednesday there are no major environmental issues that will keep the proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline from being built.

The decision, announced in FERC’s 541-page final environmental impact statement, clears a major bureaucratic hurdle for the project and all but assures construction will begin as planned in early 2017.

Ohio coal sales dropped in 2015; Trump gives industry hope

State officials say Ohio coal sales dropped by 31 percent last year.

The Department of Natural Resources reports Ohio coal sold in 2015 had a market value of about $753 million, putting it below $1 billion for the first time since 2007.

Middletown’s NTE power plant to be among cleanest in country

MIDDLETOWN - Construction is progressing on NTE Energy’s approximately $500 million natural-gas-fired power plant, which should be in operation by June 1, 2018, a company official said.

When complete, the Middletown Energy Center being built near the intersection of Cincinnati-Dayton and Oxford State roads will put out 475 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 400,000 homes.