Archive for September, 2017

Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states
Air Quality / EPA

Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states

ANNAPOLIS, MD — “Maryland is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution, the state’s attorney general and an official in Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration said Wednesday. The Hogan administration says 70 percent of Maryland’s […]

Rob Bilott, a lawyer who has spent years fighting DuPont over water contamination, received the Right Livelihood Award for his work. Credit: Courtesy photo
Good Neighbor Campaigns

C8 lawyer given ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’

CINCINNATI — “A lawyer who has spent years fighting DuPont Co. over the company’s toxic C8 pollution has been named among those to receive this year’s Right Livelihood Award, an international honor that is sometimes known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize.’ Rob Bilott, an attorney for residents whose drinking water […]

Fixing Ohio’s overly strict wind setback law: editorial
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Fixing Ohio’s overly strict wind setback law: editorial

CLEVELAND — “Ohio wrongly straitjackets wind energy development — reducing jobs and investment — because of an ill-considered and overly restrictive setback requirement slipped into Ohio law a few years back. Fortunately, lawmakers have a chance to fix that. A Republican state legislator from Northwest Ohio, Sen. Cliff Hite of Findlay, has […]

FirstEnergy's Perry nuclear power plant (credit: News-Herald file photo).
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Ohio’s nuclear future uncertain, subsidies in New York, Illinois get court victories

COLUMBUS — “Bills going through the Ohio legislature that would subsidize the state’s two nuclear power plants have stalled, but similar energy credits approved in Illinois and New York have won their first round of legal battles. FirstEnergy has been lobbying for a Zero Emission Nuclear Resource Program or ‘ZEN’ […]

Wind turbines in Blue Creek Township, Ohio Credit: Wikimedia Commons).
Wind Energy

Ohio bills would ease restrictive setbacks for new wind farms

COLUMBUS — “Two bills in the Ohio Senate aim to ease restrictions in a 2014 law that have effectively blocked the development of new commercial wind farms in the state. That 2014 budget bill amendment tripled the previous property line setbacks for wind turbines and has stymied all but a […]

Wind turbines in Van Wert (Credit: Columbus Dispatch).
Wind Energy

Wind farms in Ohio pit environmentalists against some neighbors tired of noise, view

PAYNE — “From the ground, the narrow aluminum ladder might as well extend to infinity. Actual height: 290 feet. A Dispatch videographer straps on a protective harness, hard hat and safety glasses, joined by two employees of the farm’s operator, EDP Renewables. They are about to climb inside one of […]

IEEFA Update: FirstEnergy, out of step with the times, sells gas and hydro assets to shore up fading coal-fired plants
Coal / FirstEnergy

IEEFA Update: FirstEnergy, out of step with the times, sells gas and hydro assets to shore up fading coal-fired plants

As American electricity markets modernize, an Ohio utility stays the same CLEVELAND — “If there’s a standout feature in today’s fast-changing electricity-generation landscape, it’s that coal-fired and nuclear power plants cannot compete with those that run on natural gas or renewable energy. This will remain the case for the foreseeable […]

The Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire, England. Photo by Paul Glazzard, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7932928
Coal / Energy

In a stunning turnaround, Britain moves to end the burning of coal

Britain is phasing out its coal-burning power plants, with the last one slated to be shuttered by 2025, if not sooner. It is a startling development for the nation that founded an industrial revolution powered by coal NORTH YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND — “Bigger than any medieval castle, with its 12 giant […]

Jessica Smith-Szabo, staff director for Ohio Citizen Action, addresses the crowd in Columbus at a rally protesting FirstEnergy’s utility bailout request in April 2015.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy filing could delay court ruling in ‘bailout’ case

COLUMBUS — “Despite a big win from Ohio regulators last month, FirstEnergy has filed papers asking for still more review. The move could ultimately delay a court ruling on a $200 million per year charge to prop up the company’s credit rating. At issue is a ‘distribution modernization rider’ that the Public […]

Clean Energy Is approaching a tipping point
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Clean Energy Is approaching a tipping point

LONDON, ENGLAND — “The cost of renewables is plunging faster than forecasters anticipated just a few years ago as as technologies like gigantic wind turbines arrive on the market. That’s the conclusion of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, whose founder Michael Liebreich estimated that clean energy will reap 86 percent of […]