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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Windmills at sunset in the Tehachapi farm, California.
Energy / Renewable Energy

Wind and solar get cheaper and better

WASHINGTON, DC — “In the cornfields of Iowa, thousands of wind turbines are spinning, supplying over 30 percent of the state’s power—the highest percentage of any US state. On especially windy days in the spring, there may be enough wind power to run the whole state. The state’s largest utility, […]

Most states on track to meet emissions targets they call burden
Clean Power Plan / Energy

Most states on track to meet emissions targets they call burden

WASHINGTON, DC — “The 27 states challenging Obama’s Clean Power Plan in court say the lower emissions levels it would impose are an undue burden. But most are likely to hit them anyway. …The projection for the nation as a whole would be nearly two-thirds of the CPP’s target by […]

More gas turbines like the two Siemens state-of-the art gas turbines that will be installed in the Lordstown Energy Center are good for the state, finds a new report by the Ohio Business Roundtable. But more wind and solar? Not so good, the report argues. (Martin Adam www.siemens.com/press)
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio Business Roundtable champions shale gas, likes wind and solar but not rules on green power

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Business Roundtable is calling for a comprehensive reworking of the state’s energy policies in order to accelerate shale gas development and end the current political deadlock over renewable power such as wind and solar. Eighteen months in the making, the Roundtable’s proposals are contained in a […]