Energy

PJM Energy Efficiency Consumer Savings
Energy

Is PJM costing consumers $1.3 billion by ignoring energy efficiency?

WASHINGTON, DC — “If a corporation’s accounting error could cost consumers $1.3 billion over three years, chances are public outcry would lead to a regulatory correction. But when it’s an energy efficiency calculation across the Mid-Atlantic causing the problem, not so much. According to a new analysis by the Brattle […]

Supporters of renewable energy, efficiency standards question Senate leader’s picks for study panel
Energy

Supporters of renewable energy, efficiency standards question Senate leader’s picks for study panel

COLUMBUS — “A prominent supporter of renewable energy has accused Republicans in the Ohio Senate of being more interested in gutting than debating proposed energy-efficiency mandates. Jack Shaner of the Ohio Environmental Council noted that five of the six senators selected by Senate President Keith Faber to study the future of renewable […]

Murray: Radical environmentalists trying to destroy coal industry
Coal / Energy

Murray: Radical environmentalists trying to destroy coal industry

PITTSBURGH, PA — “Murray Energy Corp. founder and CEO Robert Murray said he is planning for reductions in coal prices and demand in the year ahead. Speaking during Platts’ 37th annual Coal Marketing Days conference, which is being held Monday and Tuesday in Pittsburgh, Murray said the negative outlook is […]

Ohio SB 310 has already made it hard to finance any new solar projects in the state similar in scale to the Melink solar array at the Cincinnati Zoo. Photo by Kathiann M. Kowalski.
Energy

Amid energy law freeze, Ohio solar market stalls

COLUMBUS — “By the time Ohio’s energy law freeze took effect last week, the new law had already caused a significant setback for the state’s solar energy sector. Ohio’s market for solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) dropped dramatically after Senate Bill 310 passed this spring and has not rebounded since. Yet […]

IE investigation: Dark side of the boom
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

IE investigation: Dark side of the boom

Inside Energy delves into workplace fatality numbers for the oil and gas industry and find some startling trends, especially for North Dakota. CHEYENNE, WY — “Oil and gas workplace safety is a national issue: An oil and gas worker is six times more likely to die on the job than […]

New wind turbines off Germany, where renewable energy is soaring and driving down prices.
Energy

Sun and wind alter global landscape, leaving utilities behind

Heligoland, GERMANY — “Electric utility executives all over the world are watching nervously as technologies they once dismissed as irrelevant begin to threaten their long-established business plans. Fights are erupting across the United States over the future rules for renewable power. Many poor countries, once intent on building coal-fired power […]

A new poll finds a majority of Ohio electricity customers favor renewable-energy sources and don't want to have to pay to bail out aging coal plants. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/morguefile
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / FirstEnergy

Poll: Most Ohioans say “no” to coal plant bailouts

COLUMBUS — “The utility companies say the proposal would stabilize rates for customers, but Fisher and others argue it would keep electric bills higher than they should be and prevent Ohio from reducing dangerous emissions of carbon, soot, smog and mercury pollution. As they conduct door-to-door canvases educating Ohioans about […]

A wind turbine at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland. Credit: Mike Russell
Energy

Cleveland becomes cleantech leader but Ohio backtracks on renewable energy

Hundreds of companies are working toward clean energy solutions as governor freezes statewide targets for renewables CLEVELAND — “Northeast Ohio is charging ahead with plans to build green industries that could jumpstart the economy and reduce pollution at the same time. …politicians in Columbus, the state capital, are making progress more […]

Renewable energy certification process updated as SB310 takes effect
Energy

Renewable energy certification process updated as SB310 takes effect

COLUMBUS — “Utility regulators have revised the certification process for renewable energy with legislation that broadened the state’s green energy market to additional facilities set to take effect this week. …Environmental groups, along with wind and solar energy developers, have fought several past attempts to expand the state’s renewable portfolio […]

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 file photo provided by Robert A. Franco, a billboard in Coshocton, Ohio opposes deep-injection wells. Michael Boals, an Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on the billboards near two wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater, says the messages are coming down. Boals told The Associated Press the billboards’ owners are ending his lease agreement Tuesday, Sept. 9. He said a July lawsuit contending the signs contain false and defamatory attacks prompted them to end his three-month verbal agreement after two months. (AP Photo/Robert A. Franco, File)
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Anti-fracking billboards in Ohio coming down

COLUMBUS — “An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against ‘poisoned waters’ in billboards opposing the disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages will come down Tuesday. Michael Boals, of Coshocton east of Columbus, told The Associated Press the billboards’ owners were ending his three-month verbal […]