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Coal is shipped by barge down the Ohio River.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Opponents want more time from Ohio utility regulators to fight a deal announced this week between American Electric Power and the Sierra Club. The agreement commits AEP to eventually shut down two of its coal-fired power plants and ramp up wind and solar production. But in the meantime it allows the power company a profit guarantee at some of its coal-powered plants, essentially a subsidy paid by consumers.

A Miami Valley is making a big push into solar energy.

Construction should start this month at Cedarville University for a solar array of more than 2,000 kilowatts. Power should flow in April.

The school says the energy will be enough for 250 homes, besides bringing the environmental benefits of using solar power.

The Dayton Daily News reports that Cedarville has made solar technology part of its curriculum for years. The Christian-based school has some 3,400 students.