Archive for January, 2018

2017 year in review
Air Quality / Clean Power Plan / Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Ohio Citizen Action / Renewable Energy / Research & Reports

2017 year in review

We began 2017 celebrating the reinstatement of Ohio’s modest renewable energy and energy efficiency standards after a two-year freeze, an attempt to extend the freeze and an ultimate veto of the freeze extension by Governor Kasich. Our joy and relief evaporated by March however, when House Bill 114 was introduced. […]

Editorial: Conservatives for clean energy
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy

Editorial: Conservatives for clean energy

AKRON — “Will Statehouse Republicans listen to their pollster? They rely on the number-crunching expertise and guidance of Public Opinion Strategies for their campaigns. The firm has released a survey last week that should help Republican lawmakers steer their way to maintaining the state’s current standards for increasing energy efficiency and […]

Ohio Majority Leader Bill Seitz: A “Free Market” politician picking energy winners and losers
Coal / Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio Majority Leader Bill Seitz: A “Free Market” politician picking energy winners and losers

Powerful legislator leads attack on wind industry while pushing taxpayer subsidies for coal plants COLUMBUS — “On at least 15 occasions, according to our review, powerful Ohio House Majority Leader Bill Seitz has said he believes in free markets, proclaimed himself a ‘capitalist’ or declared his opposition to energy mandates. As […]

Miner Change: Trump’s big talk on coal brings small change in first year
Coal / Energy

Miner Change: Trump’s big talk on coal brings small change in first year

LOUISVILLE, KY — “…West Virginia added more than a thousand coal jobs. But jobs were lost in Kentucky and Ohio. Overall the three states saw coal add just 745 employees in 2017. Industry analysts say the increase is largely due to temporary conditions in the global market. Marsters focuses on […]

PUCO, FirstEnergy’s common goal: a better grid
Energy / FirstEnergy

PUCO, FirstEnergy’s common goal: a better grid

AKRON — “The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. appear to want the same thing: the development of a smarter, more reliable electricity grid in Ohio that likely will cost hundreds of millions of dollars but should make the state more attractive to business and provide better electric service for all. Not […]

Consumer groups maintain rate increase cases and power purchase agreements filed by the utilities are muddying the waters of Ohio's energy market.
Energy

Tax cut may lower utility bills, PUCO orders utilities to set aside savings for customers

CLEVELAND — “The Ohio Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday ordered the state’s utilities to start setting aside the estimated savings from a reduction in federal corporate taxes from 35 percent to 21 percent. Those savings, the commission reasoned, should go to utility customers because by state law, the PUCO allows […]

GOP voters support green energy, oppose coal, nuclear bailouts, statewide poll finds
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy

GOP voters support green energy, oppose coal, nuclear bailouts, statewide poll finds

CLEVELAND — “Conservative Ohio voters, whether Independent or Republican, are tired of utilities asking for special charges for coal and nuclear power plants, support mandatory energy-efficiency programs, favor home solar systems and are willing to pay higher monthly bills for renewable energy. These are findings in a poll commissioned by […]

Coal’s best bet for a bailout may now come from Rust Belt
Coal / Energy / Renewable Energy

Coal’s best bet for a bailout may now come from Rust Belt

WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. coal industry’s best hope for a bailout may lie in the Rust Belt now that Washington’s plan has fizzled. The largest U.S. power grid — covering Pennsylvania, Ohio and other states — has been considering an initiative that may keep struggling coal plants afloat. The idea, […]

Killing Clean: The playbook to destroy clean energy
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy

Killing Clean: The playbook to destroy clean energy

Killing Clean: The Playbook to Destroy Clean Energy from Weather Films on Vimeo. They were for clean energy before they were against it. In this documentary, the latest joint production from The Weather Channel and InsideClimate News, we investigate why Ohio state lawmakers suddenly changed their minds and decided to […]

How a Coal Baron’s wish list became President Trump’s to-do list
Coal / Energy

How a Coal Baron’s wish list became President Trump’s to-do list

WASHINGTON, DC — “President Trump’s first year in office has been a boon for the coal industry, with the Trump administration rolling back regulations on coal-fired power plants and withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate change agreement. Environmentalists have expressed alarm at the new direction, and have complained […]