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Wind turbines are an increasingly common sight as commercial wind farms proliferate.    Eyematrix
Energy

State approves new wind farm in northern Ohio, despite objections

GREENWICH TOWNSHIP — “State regulators have approved a 60-megawatt, $120 million wind farm in northern Ohio. The Greenwich Windpark would hold up to 25 wind turbines producing up to 210,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually. …The proposed farm would sit on 4,650 acres of land leased from 26 landowners in Huron County, just […]

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Coal / Energy

The world’s existing power plants will emit 300 billion tons of carbon dioxide in their lifetimes

IRVINE, CA — “Existing power plants across the globe will emit over 300 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere before they retire, according to a new study published Tuesday. The new research, as reported by Science Daily, is also the first to quantify how fast these ‘baked in’ emissions are growing […]

A worker makes adjustments to a wind turbine at Black Butte Lake near Orland, Calif. The turbine went online in 2013. Only about 1,000 megawatts of new capacity was added in 2013, just 8 percent of 2012's total.Credit: U.S. Army photo by Robert Kidd
Energy

With wind energy prices at all-time lows, DOE is cautiously optimistic

Wind electricity costs have dropped to about 2.5 cents per kilowatt hour, a highly competitive price in some parts of the country. WASHINGTON, DC — “With new wind power installations rebounding from last year’s free fall, there’s still a chance that wind could provide 20 percent of U.S. electricity by 2030, […]

The Solutions Project aims to accelerate transition to 100% clean, renewable energy
Energy

The Solutions Project aims to accelerate transition to 100% clean, renewable energy

STANFORD, CA — “In June of 2011, a scientist, an actor, a banker and a filmmaker were sitting around a table talking about their opposition to extreme energy extraction. Their conversation sparked an important realization – it wasn’t enough for them to be against something. They needed to be part […]

The ArcelorMittal Steel plant in Cleveland, where officials recently self-reported a green-energy shortfall and voluntarily paid a fine to state regulators. (Plain Dealer Files)
Energy / FirstEnergy

More reasons why FirstEnergy should disclose its energy-efficiency data: editorial

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy does share its data inside the collaborative meetings; what it wants kept sealed are the lips of collaborative attendees when they’re outside those periodic gatherings. The Ohio Environmental Council and the Environmental Law and Policy Center oppose FirstEnergy’s request and are asking the PUCO to let the information […]

Energizing Indiana provided incentives for individuals and businesses to be more energy efficient.
Photo: U.S. Navy
Energy

Report: Former energy efficiency program was cost effective

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — “A new report indicates the state’s energy efficiency program legislators eliminated earlier this year was cost effective, saving about $3 for every one dollar spent. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission report shows the biggest payback from Energizing Indiana, as the program was called, was in rebates given to […]

Save the date for “Movies with a Mission” at the Gateway
Ohio Citizen Action

Save the date for “Movies with a Mission” at the Gateway

COLUMBUS —  The Puffin Foundation West presents the Puffin Collaborative Film Festival , a project to benefit ten Columbus area non-profit groups and their progressive, people-oriented missions. In her project mission statement, event organizer Java Kitrick says, “The idea was to create dynamic parternships between 10 not-for-profit leaders who truly understand […]

Hennepin Power Plant, owned by Dynegy Inc., stands in Hennepin, Illinois. photo: Daniel Acker, Getty Images
Coal / Duke Energy

Dynegy to acquire assets from Duke Energy and Energy Capital Partners – transforming power generation fleet

HOUSTON, TX — “Dynegy Inc. has signed two separate definitive sets of agreements to acquire the ownership interests in certain Midwest generation assets from Duke Energy and EquiPower Resources Corp and Brayton Point Holdings, LLC from ECP. The Duke portfolio includes its retail business and ownership interests in the following plants: […]

FirstEnergy Corp. wants its customers to guarantee profitability of its largest coal-fired power plant in Ohio for the next 15 years. The company argues that after the first three years, Sammis would actually make money for customers because wholesale prices would increase. Critics disagree.
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Plans to make you pay more to keep coal-fired power plants running is a ‘bailout,’ and other key findings of new poll

COLUMBUS — “Ohioans want more renewable energy and strongly oppose rate increases to help old, coal-fired power plants continue to operate, a new survey has found. The Sierra Club and Public Citizen, a consumer group, commissioned the random telephone survey of 526 people served either by American Electric Power of […]

Duke Energy's W.C. Beckjord Station in New Richmond, Ohio.
Coal / Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Duke Energy plant that spilled diesel into Ohio River written up by feds in the past

EPA had concerns before Monday night’s spill NEW RICHMOND — “The Duke Energy power plant that spilled thousands of gallons of diesel fuel into the Ohio River late Monday has been written up by federal agents in the past. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Coast Guard officials estimated about 5,000 […]