Commentary

The Blue Creek Township wind farm.
Commentary / Renewable Energy

Commentary: Ohio lawmakers should follow the lead of the business community and support clean energy

COLUMBUS — “As the Ohio Senate considers House Bill 114, a proposal that would dismantle the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards, lawmakers should consider the significant opportunities for clean energy investment in the Buckeye State. In September, General Motors announced it would power its Ohio manufacturing plants in […]

Editorial: Ohio deserves better
Commentary / FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Editorial: Ohio deserves better

TOLEDO — “At first glance, it appears that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio put its proverbial foot down when it rejected FirstEnergy Corp.’s request for funding to improve its power grid. But closer scrutiny reveals that the utility seems to have been handed a ‘cash grab’ and no requirement […]

The flaws in the utilities’ push for residential demand charges
Commentary / Utilities

The flaws in the utilities’ push for residential demand charges

WASHINGTON, DC — “To fairly evaluate the merits of demand charges, we should understand the utilities’ conundrum. Utilities must continually invest billions of dollars to ensure enough capacity to meet the demands of all customers at all times. Utilities mostly recover these investment costs, which are largely fixed, through variable […]

Ohio Statehouse
Commentary / Freeze on Clean Energy

Thomas Suddes commentary: Ohioans brace for ‘post-election’ season

COLUMBUS — “While everyone’s watching Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton (or, most likely, football), some state issues are being quietly shaped in Columbus, waiting for the traditional, and traditionally frenzied, post-election (‘lame-duck’) session of the General Assembly. One issue that might (or might not) be addressed is Ohio’s two-year freeze […]