US coal sector in ‘terminal decline’, financial analysts say A coal seam is blasted at a mine in Wyoming. At least 264 mines were closed between 2011 and 2013. Photograph: Robb Kendrick/NG/Alamy
Research: Ohio energy freeze resulting in millions in lost investment Wind turbines are an increasingly common sight as commercial wind farms proliferate.    Eyematrix
U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether cost to cut air pollution outweighs health benefits Cartoon by Matt Davies.
Fracking-friendly bills back before Ohio lawmakers Firefighters from around Ohio fight a derrick fire during a training session at Wayne County Fire and Rescue Training Facility in 2008. (AP Photo/Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal)
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A coal seam is blasted at a mine in Wyoming. At least 264 mines were closed between 2011 and 2013. Photograph: Robb Kendrick/NG/Alamy
Coal / Energy

US coal sector in ‘terminal decline’, financial analysts say

Over 200 mines shut down and industry loses 76% of its value in five years, report finds WASHINGTON, DC — “The US coal sector is in a “terminal decline” which has sent 26 companies bust in the last three years, according to financial analysts. A report by the Carbon Tracker […]

Wind turbines are an increasingly common sight as commercial wind farms proliferate.    Eyematrix
Clean Power Plan / Energy / FirstEnergy

Research: Ohio energy freeze resulting in millions in lost investment

COLUMBUS — “It’s been almost a year since Ohio lawmakers froze the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards, and some analysts say the damage is already unfolding. Researchers at the Center for American Progress interviewed business leaders in the renewable energy sector in Ohio, and senior policy advisor and report […]

Cartoon by Matt Davies.
AEP / Clean Power Plan / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether cost to cut air pollution outweighs health benefits

WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh whether the cost of cracking down on air pollution from coal-fired power plants outweighs the health benefits in a March 25 case on mercury emissions. Organizations that represent the coal and utility industries, as well as more than a dozen states […]

Solar panels in Crucey-Villages, central France, part of the building site of a photovoltaic park built by French Energy Giant EDF. New legislations forces all new commercial zone buildings to have panels or plants on top. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images
Energy

Truth: Rooftop solar capacity benefits all ratepayers

CLEVELAND — “The lie goes something like this: Households and business that install photovoltaic panels are doing so at the expense of other electricity ratepayers because they are “subsidized” by those that don’t have solar panels. The truth is this: Rooftop solar provides substantial benefits for everyone, regardless of who […]

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Doctor loses lawsuit that challenged secrecy of fracking fluid

SCRANTON, PA — “A federal appellate court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by an area physician challenging a law that precluded him from releasing information he obtained regarding chemicals contained in hydraulic fracking fluid. Dr. Alfonso Rodriguez of Dallas challenged Act 13 of 2012, which allows medical […]

Firefighters from around Ohio fight a derrick fire during a training session at Wayne County Fire and Rescue Training Facility in 2008. (AP Photo/Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal)
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Fracking-friendly bills back before Ohio lawmakers

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s oil and gas industry and environmental groups are satisfied with a compromise reached this week on one bill before the state legislature, but both camps remain divided on controversial community right-to-know provisions in another pending bill. Gov. John Kasich’s House budget bill, House Bill 64, would exempt […]

he W.H. Sammis power plant's future operation could be more difficult under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rules on power plant carbon dioxide emissions.
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Want less carbon dioxide in the air you breathe? It’s going to cost you, how much depends on who you voted for

COLUMBUS — “The battle over clean air, including air containing less carbon dioxide, is being waged here before a little-noticed special study committee that was supposed to be looking at something else. Ohio’s Energy Mandates Study Committee, created last fall, was supposed to consider whether the state should reinstate its […]

Ohio pressed pause on economic growth when it froze its clean energy standards
Energy

Ohio pressed pause on economic growth when it froze its clean energy standards

COLUMBUS — “Ohio shot itself in the foot last year and we’re only now learning just how bad the damage is. …As an example, 75 wind turbines were planned for installation in the state before the Legislature’s action, now only two are planned. Specifically, the Legislature increased the property setback […]

Republicans change their minds about pushing fracking in state parks
Hydraulic Fracturing

Republicans change their minds about pushing fracking in state parks

COLUMBUS — “A push to allow fracking under state parks, opposed by Gov. John Kasich, died in a legislative committee today. Republicans who control the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee changed their minds on whether include the public lands in a bill designed to speed up the permitting process […]

Charred trucks and equipment at the scene of the June 28 chemical fire at the StatOil North America well pad. Adam Cairns, Columbus Dispatch
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Some fighting state proposal on disclosure of fracking chemicals

COLUMBUS — “Eric Heis, a Department of Natural Resources spokesman, said the department will do that. Heis said more chemical information would be reported, and that chemical information would be available more quickly, if this language passes. ‘We’re pushing for more disclosure,’ Heis said. “We want to make it better, […]