Poll: Most Ohioans say “no” to coal plant bailouts A new poll finds a majority of Ohio electricity customers favor renewable-energy sources and don't want to have to pay to bail out aging coal plants. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/morguefile
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Ohio workers suing AEP over coal waste Deserted houses are seen near the coal-fired power station, owned by American Electric Power Company, in Cheshire, Ohio. David Howells/Corbis
Ohio Utility Bailouts What’s the problem?

What’s the problem?

Ohio is at a crossroads about the future of energy use in our state. As ratepayers we need to speak out now. Three of Ohio’s four largest utilities — companies that rarely agree on anything — are teaming up in an attempt to dial back on deregulation. FirstEnergy, Duke and […]

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Steve Lipsky shows the methane contamination of his well by igniting the gas with a lighter outside his family's home in Parker County near Weatherford, Texas on June 17, 2014.
Hydraulic Fracturing

Free speech case springs from fracking dispute

WEATHERFORD, TX — “Steve Lipsky’s tainted water well had already stirred national debate about the impacts of oil and gas production. Now it stars in a free speech dispute that has landed in Texas’ highest court – the biggest test of a state law meant to curb attempts to stifle […]

Governor John Kasich
Hydraulic Fracturing

Kasich vows to ‘focus’ on hiking fracking tax

COLUMBUS — “The legislature has steadfastly declined to give Gov. John Kasich what he wants regarding a new severance tax on fracking in Ohio, but the governor says he’s only going to push harder if he wins re-election — and end a ‘rip-off’ of consumers at the same time. Lawmakers […]

State confirms Conneaut injection well project is dead
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

State confirms Conneaut injection well project is dead

CONNEAUT — “A Cortland company has informed the state that it has pulled its application to drill a brine injection well in Conneaut, according to a spokesman in State Rep. John Patterson’s office. On Friday, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported to Patterson’s office that American Energy Inc., had […]

Obama’s mountaintop coal mining legacy still to be determined
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Obama’s mountaintop coal mining legacy still to be determined

WASHINGTON, DC — “President Barack Obama’s record in Appalachian and coal mining communities is up for debate five years after his administration took ‘unprecedented steps’ to protect the environment from the effects of mountaintop removal coal mining. The Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Interior […]

New wind turbines off Germany, where renewable energy is soaring and driving down prices.
Energy

Sun and wind alter global landscape, leaving utilities behind

Heligoland, GERMANY — “Electric utility executives all over the world are watching nervously as technologies they once dismissed as irrelevant begin to threaten their long-established business plans. Fights are erupting across the United States over the future rules for renewable power. Many poor countries, once intent on building coal-fired power […]

Winged Warnings: What birds are telling us about our planet’s health
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Winged Warnings: What birds are telling us about our planet’s health

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — “More than 1,300 birds are perched perilously on a global list of threatened species. Each one is sending us a message, and scientists are struggling to decipher them. EHN’s series, Winged Warnings, reveals the surprising new discoveries that are emerging about the global threats to birds. ‘Canary […]

A new poll finds a majority of Ohio electricity customers favor renewable-energy sources and don't want to have to pay to bail out aging coal plants. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/morguefile
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Poll: Most Ohioans say “no” to coal plant bailouts

COLUMBUS — “The utility companies say the proposal would stabilize rates for customers, but Fisher and others argue it would keep electric bills higher than they should be and prevent Ohio from reducing dangerous emissions of carbon, soot, smog and mercury pollution. As they conduct door-to-door canvases educating Ohioans about […]

A wind turbine at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. Credit: Mike Russell
Energy

Cleveland becomes cleantech leader but Ohio backtracks on renewable energy

Hundreds of companies are working toward clean energy solutions as governor freezes statewide targets for renewables CLEVELAND — “Northeast Ohio is charging ahead with plans to build green industries that could jumpstart the economy and reduce pollution at the same time. …politicians in Columbus, the state capital, are making progress more […]

Renewable energy certification process updated as SB310 takes effect
Energy

Renewable energy certification process updated as SB310 takes effect

COLUMBUS — “Utility regulators have revised the certification process for renewable energy with legislation that broadened the state’s green energy market to additional facilities set to take effect this week. …Environmental groups, along with wind and solar energy developers, have fought several past attempts to expand the state’s renewable portfolio […]

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 file photo provided by Robert A. Franco, a billboard in Coshocton, Ohio opposes deep-injection wells. Michael Boals, an Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on the billboards near two wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater, says the messages are coming down. Boals told The Associated Press the billboards’ owners are ending his lease agreement Tuesday, Sept. 9. He said a July lawsuit contending the signs contain false and defamatory attacks prompted them to end his three-month verbal agreement after two months. (AP Photo/Robert A. Franco, File)
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Anti-fracking billboards in Ohio coming down

COLUMBUS — “An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against ‘poisoned waters’ in billboards opposing the disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages will come down Tuesday. Michael Boals, of Coshocton east of Columbus, told The Associated Press the billboards’ owners were ending his three-month verbal […]