Archive for February, 2018

Ohio’s solar energy industry spawns new research
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Ohio’s solar energy industry spawns new research

BOWLING GREEN — As Ohio’s commitment to solar energy continues to grow, a new era of research is starting to emerge for this state — one that seeks better use of land and airspace in and around massive solar panel arrays. Following the lead of similar projects in Minnesota, the […]

After rising for 100 years, electricity demand is flat.
Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

After rising for 100 years, electricity demand is flat.

Utilities are freaking out. KNOXVILLE, TN — “The US electricity sector is in a period of unprecedented change and turmoil. Renewable energy prices are falling like crazy. Natural gas production continues its extraordinary surge. Coal, the golden child of the current administration, is headed down the tubes. In all that bedlam, it’s easy to […]

Editorial: Wind farm rule a set back to Ohio growth
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Editorial: Wind farm rule a set back to Ohio growth

LIMA — “Access to renewable energy needs to be a part of Ohio’s portfolio when it comes to job creation. There’s too much to lose if it doesn’t happen. …At issue is Ohio’s setback rule for wind turbines, which companies call too restrictive, but rural farm owners praise. It requires any […]

FirstEnergy Solutions failure appears inevitable says FE CEO
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy Solutions failure appears inevitable says FE CEO

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy’s top executive Charles ‘Chuck’ Jones confirmed today what analysts have been whispering for months, that time is running out for the company’s power plant subsidiary, FirstEnergy Solutions. Jones told analysts during a public teleconference that FirstEnergy Solutions has been operating independently since early last year and that […]

Group wants to abandon its role in controlling Ohio River pollution. What’s up with that?
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Group wants to abandon its role in controlling Ohio River pollution. What’s up with that?

CINCINNATI — “The regional group that’s set pollution standards for the Ohio River for decades, helping to bring it back to better health, is about to abandon that role, leaving it up to the states to decide what’s clean or not. Industries that pipe their wastes into the river support the proposal while drinking […]

Q&A: Watchdog group investigates Ohio wind energy foe
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Q&A: Watchdog group investigates Ohio wind energy foe

WASHINGTON, DC — “Midwest Energy News: Why focus on Bill Seitz? Checks and Balances’ executive director Scott Peterson: Because Rep. Seitz is a powerful politician who has arguably done more to block the growth of clean energy jobs in Ohio than anyone else in the state. He’s done that as a self-styled […]

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Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Wind energy proposal may dictate industry’s future in Ohio

TOLEDO — “Wind energy’s future in Ohio is at a crossroads. Two much different proposals — one easing restrictions stifling new wind farms and another adding more hurdles for future development — are being pitched to state lawmakers and regulators. …Ohio ranks in the middle of the pack among all […]

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Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio bill would relax wind setbacks, but rule change could derail process

COLUMBUS — “An Ohio Republican’s bill would relax one of the nation’s strictest wind farm setback laws, but a proposed rule change could make getting variances next to impossible. Ohio’s four-year-old setback law calls for wind turbines on commercial wind farms to be about 1,300 feet from the closest property line. […]

Mark Goodwin is CEO of Apex Clean Energy, which develops, constructs, and operates utility-scale wind and solar power facilities across North America.
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio’s hostility to renewable energy makes the state less attractive

COLUMBUS — “The disconnect for Columbus begins in the Statehouse it hosts. Beholden to a powerful few, the legislature is still struggling to overturn the narrow 2014 mandate setting a minimum setback distance for wind turbines of 1,125 feet from adjacent properties, more than double the prior standard. This struggle […]

Downtown Cleveland . Photo by Jon Dawson / Creative Commons
Climate Change / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Cleveland sees clean energy as tool for climate change resiliency

CLEVELAND — “Mitigation efforts can still avoid some of the worst impacts of climate change. But with the reality that some impacts are now inevitable, the focus on resilience is growing here and elsewhere. Cleveland’s risks might not seem as dramatic as the sea level rise that threatens New York or the wildfires that […]