Energy

BREAKING: Senate confirms Scott Pruitt to lead EPA
Climate Change / Energy

BREAKING: Senate confirms Scott Pruitt to lead EPA

WASHINGTON, DC — “Once Republican senators lined up behind him, Pruitt’s nomination was never truly in jeopardy. The Senate voted 52-46 on Thursday to end debate on the EPA nomination, lining up a Friday afternoon vote for the nation’s top environmental regulator. The vote tracked partisan affiliations with only a […]

On eve of confirmation vote, judge orders EPA nominee to release thousands of emails
Climate Change / Energy

On eve of confirmation vote, judge orders EPA nominee to release thousands of emails

WASHINGTON, DC — “An Oklahoma judge on Thursday ordered Scott Pruitt, the state’s attorney general and President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, to turn over thousands of emails related to his communication with the oil, gas and coal industry. The Center for Media and Democracy has been […]

Credit: Cyrus One
Energy / Utilities

Predictions 2017: 8 sector insiders on what’s next for power markets and regulation

WASHINGTON, DC — “2016 roiled the power sector as a reality TV star ascended to the nation’s highest office. Donald Trump’s election could disrupt some ongoing trends in the electrical industry, including decarbonization goals set under the Paris Climate Accord and President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. And coal generation could […]

Bipartisan group of Governors to President Trump: Renewable energy is an ‘American success story’
Energy

Bipartisan group of Governors to President Trump: Renewable energy is an ‘American success story’

They see the economic impact in their own backyards. And they want more of it. WASHINGTON, DC — “A coalition of eight Republican governors and 12 Democratic governors sent a letter to the White House yesterday, asking Trump to ‘strengthen America’s energy future’ by extending government support for offshore wind, […]

Ohio GOP targets clean energy standards, efficiency rules
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio GOP targets clean energy standards, efficiency rules

COLUMBUS — “It’s been just six weeks since Gov. John Kasich vetoed a GOP bill that would have delayed for another two years mandates requiring power companies to sell an increasing percentage of renewable energy and help customers use less power. Rep. Louis Blessing, III, R-Cincinnati, began circulating a memo […]

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Turbines belonging to the Blue Creek wind farm in northwest Ohio. (Peter Krouse, cleveland.com)
Energy / Renewable Energy

Wind now largest renewable energy source in United States, advocates say

CLEVELAND — “Wind power recently surpassed hydroelectric power as the number one form of renewable energy in the United States, the American Wind Energy Association announced Thursday in a news release. The country now has more than 82,000 megawatts of wind-generated capacity, or enough to power 24 million homes annually, the association […]

Ohio voters want energy choice, oppose return to monopoly utilities
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio voters want energy choice, oppose return to monopoly utilities

CLEVELAND — “Efforts by the state’s traditional monopoly power companies to persuade lawmakers to scrap competitive markets and return to a fully regulated system could run afoul of an important political player — voters. A telephone survey conducted in January by Fallon Research and Communications, of Columbus and Washington, D.C., found […]

Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina.
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio Senate president wants an energy policy that can last a decade, giving businesses certainty

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s Senate leader wants to create energy policy that can last the next 10 years. Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, said at an energy forum hosted by Vorys Advisors that remaking Ohio’s energy market is one of the key issues for the legislature in the next two years, […]

Gas industry, manufacturers push back on efforts to re-regulate Ohio electricity markets
Energy

Gas industry, manufacturers push back on efforts to re-regulate Ohio electricity markets

COLUMBUS — “Ohio electric customers could lose billions in savings each year if the state’s electric generation market moved back to monopoly power, researchers and others stressed earlier this week at a conference in Columbus. ‘Going forward, there’s about $3 billion in savings that will be realized in Ohio each […]

cebreaker Windpower, Inc., the new company created to build the pilot wind farm project in the lake, has filed an exhaustive formal application with the Ohio Power Siting Board. The application is the culmination of more than a decade of planning that began with an idea from the Cleveland Foundation in 2003, became the work of a citizens' committee overseen by Cuyahoga County in 2005, and for the past seven years the focus of the non-profit Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (Plain Dealer file )
Energy

LEEDCo’s IceBreaker lake wind farm files for state permit

CLEVELAND — “Icebreaker Windpower, Inc., the company created by Fred. Olsen Renewables, USA, to build a pilot wind farm in Lake Erie, has filed formal applications with the Ohio Power Siting Board. The company is proposing to build a demonstration six-turbine wind farm in the lake about 8 to 10 […]