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DOE awards $40 million grant for Lake Erie wind project — a victory for Windustrious Cleveland
Energy / Renewable Energy

DOE awards $40 million grant for Lake Erie wind project — a victory for Windustrious Cleveland

June 9th, 2016 CLEVELAND — “Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur on May 27 announced that ‘Cleveland’s Wind Project qualifies for a [U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)] grant of $40 million in additional funds’ to construct turbines on Lake Erie, ‘unlocking the tremendous offshore wind energy potential of the Great Lakes, which […]

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has received the most money from the oil and gas and coal mining industries, over $1.6 million since 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Coal / Energy / Oil & Gas

A climate of cash in votes on global warming

WASHINGTON, DC — “For years now, the scientific consensus has been that climate change is occurring and is caused mainly by the actions of human beings. So why, during the first month of the current Congress, did nearly half the Senate — all Republicans — vote against an amendment stating that human activities contribute […]

First Energy employees Hank Boka and Doug Colafella inspect the W.H. Sammis power plant in Ohio.
(Photo: Mark Drajem/Bloomberg)
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy says its headquarters is worth $568 million to Ohio

Utility asks regulators for surcharge for benefits to Akron AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp., Ohio’s homegrown utility with roots in the state that date to 1930, wants its customers to pay to ensure it stays there. In the latest twist in a two-year battle for aid, the company has asked regulators […]

Help Us Thaw the Law
Freeze on Clean Energy

Help Us Thaw the Law

  Ohio became the first state in the country to go backwards on clean energy when our legislature passed SB 310, putting a two-year freeze on Ohio’s clean energy standards. The freeze is set to expire at the end of this year, but those stuck in the Ice Age want […]

Solar power growing rapidly as prices tumble and tax credits are extended
Energy

Solar power growing rapidly as prices tumble and tax credits are extended

BOWLING GREEN — “The nation is on the verge of the solar revolution that has been predicted for decades. And that’s what experts were discussing this week at a solar conference in northwest Ohio at Green Energy Ohio’s annual solar conference, held this year at Bowling Green. Green Energy’s founder […]

Wind farm in Bowling Green, the pioneer of the state in developing commercial wind energy.
Energy

State’s largest solar project to be in B.G.

BOWLING GREEN — “Sixteen of Ohio’s 25 largest solar projects are in northwest Ohio and — four months from now — the largest will be in Bowling Green, which for years was best known as the place which launched the state into the modern era of utility-scale wind turbines. The […]

The AEP building in Columbus.
AEP / Energy

Ohio utility seeks to double its fixed distribution charges

COLUMBUS— “In response to an increasing number of customers installing solar power or opting for energy efficiency measures, American Electric Power has asked Ohio regulators to increase the share of distribution charges that all its utility customers must pay, regardless of how much electricity they use. AEP Ohio has seen […]

A worker helps install new solar panels at a First Solar plant outside Cholame, Calif. Apple will purchase the electricity generated by the plant to power its stores in California. Credit Andrew Burton for The New York Times
Energy

Apple becomes a green energy supplier, with itself as customer

PALO ALTO, CA — “The words are stenciled on the front of the Apple Store, a glass box sandwiched between a nondescript Thai restaurant and a CVS pharmacy in downtown Palo Alto: ‘This store runs on 100 percent renewable energy.’ If Apple’s plans play out, it will be able to […]

FirstEnergy headquarters in Akron.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy piles insult onto billions of dollars in injury by threatening to move its headquarters from Akron

CLEVELAND — “You have to hand it FirstEnergy, however, for its daring. The company, battered over the past few years by the results of its own bad management decisions, today is shamelessly making a of mockery of traditional—and fair—utility regulation in what it is pushing for from the Public Utility […]

The Village of Minster in northwest Ohio's Auglaize County is the home of the only large solar field tied to a huge lithium ion battery system used to stabilize the town's distribution system and the high-voltage grid. All photos courtesy of David Dwyer, American Renewable Energy @ Power.
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio solar power has moved from cottage industry to growth industry

BOWLING GREEN — “Solar energy systems are proliferating across Ohio — growing by more than 23 percent in just the last year, an in-depth analysis of state records reveals. The growth has come despite a law passed by Ohio lawmakers last year freezing state mandates for two years that since 2009 […]