Archive for June, 2017

The Ohio legislature should get rid of damaging wind setback: editorial
Wind Energy

The Ohio legislature should get rid of damaging wind setback: editorial

CLEVELAND — “The state Senate is moving to undo a bad mistake the General Assembly made in 2014, a job-killing mistake that’s been strangling wind-energy investments in Ohio. In 2014, Senate Republicans tucked into an 822-page mid-biennium budget review (HB 483) a rider that more than doubled the distance a wind […]

Proposed Ohio subsidy for coal-fired power plants now uncertain
Coal / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Proposed Ohio subsidy for coal-fired power plants now uncertain

COLUMBUS — “A proposal to subsidize two coal-fired power plants is no longer on a fast track and might not pass at all. This is a shift from last month, when House Bill 239 seemed to be moving quickly toward becoming law, despite opposition from consumer and environmental groups. The […]

The Ohio Statehouse (Credit: Tlarrow/Creative Commons)
Utilities / Wind Energy

Ohio budget amendments: another utility ‘bailout’ and a rollback of wind setbacks

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s budget bill reported out of the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday comes with an amendment that would expressly authorize extra charges to ratepayers to support utilities’ financial health. Meanwhile, another amendment would relax the tripled wind turbine setbacks that were included at the last minute in a 2014 […]

IEEFA Report: ‘National security’ argument for saving 2 power plants is a red herring meant to distract from an Ohio Valley Electric bailout
Ohio Utility Bailouts / Research & Reports

IEEFA Report: ‘National security’ argument for saving 2 power plants is a red herring meant to distract from an Ohio Valley Electric bailout

CLEVELAND — “The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a research brief questioning a bill in the Ohio legislature that would bail out two failing coal-fired power plants owned by the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) and keep the plants alive at huge expense to ratepayers. […]

The Kyger Creek power plant in Cheshire, Ohio, on the Ohio River began operating in 1955 to make power for a uranium enrichment plant in Piketon, Ohio. Since 2003, the plant, which is owned by a company created by other electric utilities, has been selling its power either into wholesale markets or sending it to its member companies. Now the plant is facing competition from natural gas turbine power plants, which can make electricity at a lower cost (Credit: Ohio Valley Electric Corp).
Coal / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Don’t subsidize coal, Consumers’ Counsel, NOPEC, AARP, Ohio Manufacturers’ Association tell lawmakers

CLEVELAND — “Ohio lawmakers and opponents of controversial ‘fast-tracked’ legislation designed to shift the costs of two 62-year-old coal power plants to consumers are heading for a showdown this week. Two bills, which have been moving through both the House and Senate utilities committees, were to be voted out of […]

IEEFA Update: The U.S. energy narrative is shifting
Renewable Energy

IEEFA Update: The U.S. energy narrative is shifting

Markets are changing; The media is catching up; Renewables account for 20% of total generation in latest data snapshot CLEVELAND — “What feels sometimes like a reluctant transformation is taking hold in the emergence of a ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ media narrative on the rise of renewable energy. This awakening […]

Ohio wind turbine setback rule may be changed in budget bill
Wind Energy

Ohio wind turbine setback rule may be changed in budget bill

CLEVELAND — “Ohio’s official hostility toward wind farm development may be about to change. State Sen. Cliff Hite, a Findlay Republican whose 11-county district contains some of the best wind in Ohio, this week said that he is submitting an amendment to the Senate’s final version of state budget bill […]

The Oregon Clean Energy Center, an 860-megawatt gas turbine power plant east of Toledo, is expected to begin commercial operations within weeks. Private developers raised the $800 million to build the plant, which will sell its power into wholesale electric markets. Oregon's developers are building a similar plant in Lordstown and are seeking permits to build a second plant at each location. Utility legislation pending before the Ohio legislature to subsidize old nuclear and coal power plants could derail those plans. (Oregon Clean Energy Center)
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy / Utilities

Electric bill increases guaranteed in Ohio if certain legislation passes

CLEVELAND — “A power struggle has erupted in the Statehouse pitting Ohio’s traditional electric utilities against new independent power producers, as well as consumer, environmental and business groups wary of rate increases. The outcome will have an impact not only on what consumers will pay for power in the future, but […]

Ohio Citizen Action member Father Neil Pezzulo visits Washington
Climate Change

Ohio Citizen Action member Father Neil Pezzulo visits Washington

CLEVELAND — As part of a lobby day organized by Earthjustice, Father Neil Pezzulo visited Washington DC earlier this week to lobby Ohio senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown. Father Pezzulo is First Vice President of Glenmary Home Missioners, located in Fairfield, Ohio. The mission was to oppose HR 806/S263 […]

Lawmakers pressed to ease restrictions on wind-turbine locations
Wind Energy

Lawmakers pressed to ease restrictions on wind-turbine locations

COLUMBUS — “Wind-energy advocates are pushing hard this week to get Ohio lawmakers to revise a three-year-old rule that put new restrictions on where wind turbines can be placed. The proposal is in the form of an amendment to the state budget, submitted by Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, whose district […]