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Plan to thaw clean-energy freeze makes compliance optional
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Plan to thaw clean-energy freeze makes compliance optional

COLUMBUS — “A two-year freeze of Ohio’s clean-energy standards is about to expire, and Republicans in the Ohio General Assembly have a new proposal that would technically put those standards back in place from 2017 through 2019 — but would make compliance optional. …So far, Gov. John Kasich’s administration has […]

Energy warriors new battle plan: Learn how to talk to Republican voters
Energy

Energy warriors new battle plan: Learn how to talk to Republican voters

CLEVELAND — “A long-time Ohio Republican political operative, a past president of the Ohio Farm Bureau and the Nature Conservancy’s global director of public policy have a message for state lawmakers: Your voters are greener than you thought. The trio appeared Wednesday before a City Club of Cleveland panel moderated […]

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Right-to-Know

What stunk up Northside? Officials think it was asphalt, engineers say it can’t be

CINCINNATI — “Something stunk up Northside on Tuesday morning. Officials said it’s likely asphalt, but a city engineer said the paving didn’t begin until after the smell was reported. The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency got its first of nine complaints at about 8 a.m. Most were centered around Northside, […]

FirstEnergy could make millions in profits from its energy efficiency plan
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy could make millions in profits from its energy efficiency plan

COLUMBUS — “Critics say FirstEnergy’s plan to resume its energy efficiency programs in Ohio could let the company take credit for work done by others and make millions of dollars as a result — at customers’ expense. The utilities’ plan to count those efforts ‘does not produce energy or cost […]

Cars and buildings last year after an explosion at the site of what had been a warehouse storing thousands of tons of chemicals in Tianjin, a city in northeastern China. Credit Fred Dufour/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Research & Reports

Chemical accidents in China have killed nearly 200 this year, report finds

NEW YORK CITY, NY — “Nearly 200 people have died in accidents related to the production, storage and transportation of chemicals in China this year, according to a report by Greenpeace released on Wednesday. The report suggested that regulation of China’s powerful chemical industry remained lax and inconsistent, a year […]

Help Us Thaw the Law
Freeze on Clean Energy

Help Us Thaw the Law

  The Ohio legislature enacted clean energy standards in 2008 to diversify Ohio’s energy mix, lower electric bills, and create jobs. Ohio’s clean energy benchmarks went on to save customers over $1 billion through efficiency programs and created thousands of clean energy jobs in Ohio. In 2014, Ohio became the […]

Columbus-based AEP is one of the country's biggest electric providers
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

With AEP deal, private equity continues gobbling up utility plants

Blackstone and ArcLight’s purchase of four midwestern power plants from AEP is just the latest in a recent trend NEW YORK, NY — “Private equity has become the go-to buyer for power plants. Most recently American Electric Power agreed to sell four plants totaling 5,200 MW to a joint venture […]

Ohio’s energy future cloudy at best, storms likely
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio’s energy future cloudy at best, storms likely

AKRON — “The uncertain future of the state’s energy laws and policies hung over the 11th annual Energy Management Conference Tuesday like an approaching  storm. Conflicting presentations made it clear that lawmakers, utilities and regulators themselves sense that changes — or at least proposals for changes —  are likely to […]

Ohio GOP voters support green energy, efficiency programs and customer choice
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio GOP voters support green energy, efficiency programs and customer choice

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s Republican voters and conservative independents are greener than state politicians might have believed. …In fact, most of these voters want a lot more renewable power in the mix, —  even if it raises their electric bills. Seventeen percent said they would pay $20 a month extra for renewable […]

This chart from an NREL report shows how deployment of energy storage can flatten discrepancies in supply and demand on the grid.
Energy

Learning to fly: How technology can help solve the ‘duck curve’

CHICAGO, IL — “Solar power’s ‘duck-curve’ problem – where solar production and demand peaks don’t align – is rearing its head where grid operators are at the cutting edge of clean energy, recent analysis shows. The good news for utilities across the U.S. is that operators are exploring a wide […]