Archive for December, 2017

Northeast states sue EPA over air pollution from Midwest
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Northeast states sue EPA over air pollution from Midwest

NEW YORK, NY — “Eight northeastern states said on Tuesday they sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force it to impose more stringent controls on a group of mostly Midwestern states whose air pollution they claim is being blown in their direction. In the latest development of a legal saga […]

Denver-based SunShare switched on projects in Montrose and Waverly, Minn., pictured, in the past two weeks. Both serve residential customers (credit: SunShare).
Solar Energy

Minnesota’s solar garden program takes off in 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — “Minnesota’s Community Solar Garden program, once mired in delays, has grown sixfold in 2017, adding enough electricity to power about 32,000 homes. The state-mandated solar garden program, which covers Xcel Energy’s Minnesota territory, has 58 projects online, up from about 10 a year ago. Those solar gardens […]

Latest wind bill deserves closer look: editorial
Wind Energy

Latest wind bill deserves closer look: editorial

FINDLAY — “For several years before his resignation from the Ohio Senate, Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, had pushed hard to create wind-energy opportunities for the state. Wind has not always been a popular GOP cause, but Hite’s advocacy was based, in part, on the fact that his district included favorable locations […]

Letter to the editor: Electricity rule would cost Ohioans
Energy

Letter to the editor: Electricity rule would cost Ohioans

COLUMBUS — “As Ohioans look forward to the holidays, surely the last thing they want to learn is that Washington is weighing a proposal that could hike their electricity bills. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is considering a new policy that would increase electric bills by up to 10 […]

South Euclid Councilman Ed Icove, left, visits the Ohio Governor’s Mansion in the Columbus suburb of Bexley with his wife, Mary, and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in 2008.
Ohio Citizen Action

Icove departs after 28 years as longest serving South Euclid councilman

SOUTH EUCLID — “In 28 years as a South Euclid councilman, Ed Icove never lost an election. ‘The reason for that is I treated everybody with kindness, dignity, love and respect,’ he said. ‘I’m very proud of that. It’s a major accomplishment.’ When Icove’s seventh four-year term on South Euclid City […]

Lobbying: Longtime aide cashes in after fixing Perry’s ‘oops’ image
Energy

Lobbying: Longtime aide cashes in after fixing Perry’s ‘oops’ image

WASHINGTON, DC — “Jeff Miller directed Rick Perry’s 2016 presidential campaign and shepherded the Energy secretary through the Senate confirmation process. Now, he’s cashing in. A handful of energy companies paid Miller’s recently launched lobbying practice $1.17 million through the first nine months of 2017, federal lobbying disclosures show. The […]

Oil and other industrial wastes caught fire on the Cuyahoga River on November 1, 1952.
EPA

Theodore Decker: EPA’s inaction stirs memories of Ohio’s polluted past

COLUMBUS — “It would be nice to think that an era in which rivers and eyeballs burned from pollution was firmly in the past. But with Donald Trump in the White House and Scott Pruitt his main man at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it may be that noxious days are […]

Repeal 2014 setback rules for wind turbines
Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Repeal 2014 setback rules for wind turbines

TOLEDO — “Wind energy developers considered this requirement highly onerous, and their money followed them out of Ohio. A 20-page report by two Washington-based industry groups, the American Wind Energy Association and the Wind Energy Foundation, found Ohio has foregone roughly $4.2 billion in potential economic development since the 2014 rules […]

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Coal / Energy

A moment of truth arrives for Rick Perry’s widely hated coal bailout

WASHINGTON, DC — “Donald Trump campaigned for president with intense support from coal miners and coal mining communities. He promised them the moon — mines would reopen, their jobs would come back, and their communities would thrive. Like many of Trump’s promises, these are impossible to keep, but he’s been […]

Ohio manufacturers ask FERC to say ‘no’ to new energy tax: Ryan Augsburger (Opinion)
Ohio Utility Bailouts

Ohio manufacturers ask FERC to say ‘no’ to new energy tax: Ryan Augsburger (Opinion)

CLEVELAND — “The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will soon decide whether or not to increase the price of electricity paid by manufacturers and working families in Ohio and across the Northeast and Midwest. If enacted, the proposed rule change would deal a serious blow to America’s manufacturing competitiveness by requiring consumers to […]