Archive for March, 2017

The number of wind farms in Ohio, stagnant since lawmakers increased property setback requirements in 2014, could be further stymied by the passage Thursday of another bill in the Ohio House aimed at making the state's green energy mandates voluntary goals. The bill now goes to the Senate, where there is no companion legislation. Between 2008 and 2014, power companies in Ohio had to provide an increasing percentage of green energy in the power they sold. Lawmakers froze that percentage in 2014 for two years in 2014. In December 2016, the Republican-dominated House and Senate voted to make the standards voluntary for another two years -- only to see Gov. John Kasich veto the legislation. (Plain Dealer file)
Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio House kills state renewable energy standards

COLUMBUS — “Declaring that wind and solar power no longer need the assistance of a state law forcing power companies to support and sell green energy, the Ohio House of Representatives today voted to end the state’s green mandates created nine years ago. The vote was 65 to 29, with […]

The entire coal industry employs fewer people than Arby’s
Coal

The entire coal industry employs fewer people than Arby’s

WASHINGTON, DC — “‘My action today is the latest in a series of steps to create American jobs and to grow American wealth,’ President Trump said earlier this week before a group of coal miners. Trump was announcing the rollback of several Obama-era environmental regulations that would have affected industries such as […]

Ohio lawmakers are today trying do away with state mandates requiring power companies to buy and sell solar power, or buy "solar credits" associated with solar power. The change would eliminate revenues solar developers rely on to fund projects, such as this very large solar array built by Bold Alternatives, a local Cleveland company, in 2012 atop a canopy in the parking lot of First Unitarian Church of Cleveland in Shaker Heights. (Credit:Thomas Ondrey, The Plain Dealer)
Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio’s renewable energy rules on the chopping block, again

COLUMBUS — “Ohio lawmaker William Seitz of Cincinnati has been trying for at least the past four years to modify or eliminate state rules requiring power companies to offer ‘green’ electricity. His latest effort, House Bill 114, is scheduled for a vote today. …Opponents, including scores of businesses, as well […]

The AEP building in Columbus.
AEP / Coal

As Trump vows to save coal jobs, AEP focuses on renewables

COLUMBUS — “President Donald Trump on Tuesday slashed environmental standards while surrounded by executives and workers from coal companies, including Ohio’s Murray Energy Corp. He signed the executive order to reverse his predecessor’s climate change endeavors: President Obama went too far, Trump says, and he wants to put miners back […]

News that solar jobs are up in Ohio comes as bill weakening clean energy progresses
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

News that solar jobs are up in Ohio comes as bill weakening clean energy progresses

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio House Public Utilities Committee is considering House Bill 114, which would turn requirements for renewable energy into optional goals. This would be a change to a 2008 law that say electricity utilities must make annual investments in clean-energy programs and technologies. The committee is scheduled for […]

Hundreds of clean energy bills have introduced in states nationwide this year
Renewable Energy

Hundreds of clean energy bills have introduced in states nationwide this year

State-by state look at proposals dealing with renewable energy reveals bipartisan collaboration for cleaner electricity, as Republican backlash in Washington grows. WASHINGTON, DC — “Lawmakers in state legislatures across the nation have proposed hundreds of bills this year relating to clean energy. While many propose to grow alternative energy resources, […]

Cautionary tale: editorial
Environmental Justice / Water Quality

Cautionary tale: editorial

TOLEDO — “The ongoing Flint, Mich., water crisis should serve as both an indictment and a warning: Lose a stable and reliable water supply and you lose a city, maybe a region. It has been nearly three years since Flint, under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager, switched from […]

Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station cooling tower in July 2015 (Credit: Gregory Varnum, Creative Commons).
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy exec calls for ‘urgent aid’

OAK HARBOR — “Calling warnings of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant’s premature closure ‘real’ and the need for a bailout ‘urgent,’ FirstEnergy Corp.’s top nuclear official left little doubt Friday that Ottawa County’s largest employer is in trouble. Sam Belcher, FirstEnergy’s chief nuclear officer, said the utility’s other nuclear plants […]

While Ohio coal employment falls, solar jobs double in Cleveland area
Energy

While Ohio coal employment falls, solar jobs double in Cleveland area

CLEVELAND — “Solar industry jobs doubled in the Cleveland, Ohio area last year, driving about half of the state’s total job growth in the sector, according to new data released today by The Solar Foundation. However, the industry’s future growth in Cuyahoga County and elsewhere in the state could be […]

The Davis-Besse nuclear plant on Lake Erie east of Toledo.
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Living without Davis-Besse?

OAK HARBOR — “Living in the shadows of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant’s cooling tower, which soars above Lake Erie in Ohio like an oversized lighthouse, brings with it some give-and-take. On the plus side, it generates tax money that once paid for a high school swimming pool and auditorium. […]