Archive for March, 2017

Ohio House speaker predicts bill removing green energy standards will pass with veto-proof majority
Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy

Ohio House speaker predicts bill removing green energy standards will pass with veto-proof majority

COLUMBUS — “The House is likely to pass a bill weakening Ohio’s clean-energy standards next week with a veto-proof majority, Speaker Cliff Rosenberger said Wednesday. ‘I think it’s sending a clear message … that this is something that we are very intent that needs to happen as state policy,’ the […]

In America’s coal country, states are emboldened to ditch efficiency
Coal / Energy

In America’s coal country, states are emboldened to ditch efficiency

CLEVELAND — “Efforts to cut America’s use of energy are coming under attack, both in Washington and in at least two states. Ohio lawmakers held hearings this week on a bill that would scale back programs designed to shrink energy demand. Kentucky regulators began a review last month of its […]

How green is Cincinnati? Here’s how its building practices compare to other US cities
Research & Reports

How green is Cincinnati? Here’s how its building practices compare to other US cities

CINCINNATI — “The United States saw more than 3,400 properties win LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council over the past year, which represents a surge in energy-efficient construction affecting some 1,324 cities throughout the country. The flurry of activity pushed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designations […]

The Brazos Wind Farm, also known as the Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm, near Fluvanna, Texas. (Wikimedia Commons)
Renewable Energy / Research & Reports

Clean energy is seeing explosive job growth, don’t let budget kill it

WASHINGTON, DC — “Multiple news outlets have reported that the federal budget President Donald Trump plans to submit to Congress Thursday will gut or even eliminate two principal Department of Energy research efforts fueling a renewable energy revolution in the United States. That would be an enormous mistake. Whatever else […]

Ohio energy production: shale oil slides, natural gas rises in fourth quarter
Oil & Gas

Ohio energy production: shale oil slides, natural gas rises in fourth quarter

COLUMBUS — “Ohio shale oil production continued its slide in the fourth quarter, while natural gas numbers increased, as energy companies focus their efforts on parts of the state that are rich with gas. The new figures, issued on Monday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, show oil production […]

Two Ohio coal-fired plants to close, deepening industry decline
Coal / Dayton Power & Light

Two Ohio coal-fired plants to close, deepening industry decline

DAYTON — “Electricity company Dayton Power & Light said on Monday it would shut down two coal-fired power plants in southern Ohio next year for economic reasons, a setback for the ailing coal industry but a victory for environmental activists. Republican President Donald Trump promised in his election campaign to […]

Students at Lincolnview Elementary display their notebook tablets with Senator Cliff Hite. CREDIT: Alexandria Mick
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Anti-wind bill costs Ohio schools hundreds of thousands of dollars

New setback rules killed revenue from wind farms that would have gone directly to districts VAN WERT — “A short drive up the road from Van Wert City Schools, students of Lincolnview Schools saw a different ending to the same story. That district benefits from a program that allows wind […]

Data: Energy Information Administration; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios
Coal

The coal industry is sick — and it’s terminal

WASHINGTON, DC — “Coal has long had one advantage over other energy sources: it’s cheap. But the huge growth in the extraction of shale gas via fracking over the past decade has sent natural gas production soaring and prices tumbling. And advancements in renewable energy technology during that same time […]

The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, or NOPEC, has negotiated a contract with a NextEra Energy wholesale power company to supply about 500,0000 Northeast Ohio electric customers in 13 counties. NextEra, based in Florida, will replace FirstEnergy Solutions on Jan. 1. NOPEC is a consortium of more than 100 communities. (credit: Plain Dealer file)
Energy / remonopolization / Utilities

Deregulation shaved $15 billion from Ohio electric bills, lawmakers to meet Friday to re-regulate

CLEVELAND — “Consumers, businesses and industries saved $15 billion on electricity between 2011 and last year and are on course to save the same amount by 2020, the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, or NOPEC, said today. The claim is based on joint research and statistical analysis completed for NOPEC by […]

An analysis of Ohio consumer electric bills since 2009 by Ohio State University economists has found that consumers are paying higher electric bills today than they did before de-regulation. The study follows an earlier OSU-Cleveland State University study found that the auction-based standard service offer and the ability of consumers to switch to independent competitive suppliers saved on the price of power itself. But state regulators, following a change in the law in 2008, have allowed electric utilities to jack up delivery rates by adding special rate "riders," the new study has determined. (Ohio State University)
Research & Reports / Utilities

Electric bills $1 billion higher: OSU analysts urge state to require traditional utilities to sell power plants

COLUMBUS — “Ohio should require its traditional electric utilities to sell off their power plants, a team of Ohio State University analysts has concluded and is urging lawmakers to consider requiring that. ‘Our recommendation is that the state should do it [deregulation] right,’ said Noah Dormady, an energy and environmental economist […]