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Mayking Fire Chief Tony Fugate (left) and the volunteer fire department's treasurer, Buddy Sexton, speak to residents about their station's rising electricity costs during an Aug. 2 public meeting. Credit: James Bruggers/InsideClimate News
Coal / Energy

Cost of Coal: Electric bills skyrocket in Appalachia as region’s economy collapses

As natural gas and renewables get cheaper elsewhere, residents in Appalachia are stuck paying for coal-fired power plants that no longer make economic sense WHITESBURG, Kentucky — Buddy Sexton opened a community meeting about the financial troubles of local volunteer fire departments with his head bowed: “Let people understand what […]

Crain’s editorial: Power play
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Crain’s editorial: Power play

CLEVELAND — “It has been a summer of introspection and discussion about what it will take to push Cleveland’s economy in more of an innovative direction and into a higher gear. One project that represents both just received a key state approval and, while it’s still far from becoming a reality, […]

An offer utilities can’t refuse: The low cost of utility-scale solar
Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

An offer utilities can’t refuse: The low cost of utility-scale solar

Despite some policy uncertainty, large solar projects are now “competitive with coal and gas.” WASHINGTON, DC — “New numbers show the ‘beautiful friendship’ between utilities and solar is growing and bringing the U.S. power system’s transition to higher renewables penetrations along. …Wind and solar were 8.2% of U.S. generation in 2017, with […]

Sarah Taylor, Windustrious Cleveland
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Astroturfing exposed in the opposition to the Icebreaker Project on Lake Erie

CLEVELAND — “The growing excitement for offshore wind development on the Great Lakes is great to see. William Friedman, of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, has announced that they have identified the likely staging area to handle the massive foundation structures for the wind turbines. In Europe, ports with heavy-capacity […]

Cuyahoga County to weigh in on lawsuit that threatens Brooklyn landfill solar farm
Energy / FirstEnergy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

Cuyahoga County to weigh in on lawsuit that threatens Brooklyn landfill solar farm

CLEVELAND — “A lawsuit filed by FirstEnergy’s Cleveland Electric llluminating Co. could derail a $10 million solar farm project at the closed Brooklyn landfill that is largely funded by Cuyahoga County. The county’s Board of Control approved $142,000 to hire Bricker & Eckler LLP to represent the county in the lawsuit. That hire […]

This chart shows the incidence of so-called negative power prices so far this year, indicating the biggest issue is in Germany, where the government has been working for more than a decade to shift the economy toward cleaner forms of energy.
Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Power worth less than zero spreads as Green Energy floods the grid

Wind and solar farms are glutting networks more frequently, prompting a market signal for coal plants to shut off NEW YORK, NY — “Bright and breezy days are becoming a deeper nightmare for utilities struggling to earn a return on traditional power plants. With wind and solar farms sprouting up […]

Big Coal joins fight against Lake Erie green energy wind turbines
Energy / Lake Erie / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Big Coal joins fight against Lake Erie green energy wind turbines

CLEVELAND —”In documents and sworn statements filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board on Thursday, the wind farm developers presented evidence that Murray Energy Corp. has been bankrolling anti-Icebreaker consultants, as well as lawyers representing two Bratenahl residents who have testified against the project. Cody E. Nett, a spokesman for Murray […]

Turbines are part of a clean energy future for northern Ohio
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Turbines are part of a clean energy future for northern Ohio

TOLEDO — “Northern Ohio stands to be an innovation leader with the six-turbine Icebreaker Wind demonstration project proposed eight to 10 miles off the Cleveland shore. Icebreaker will be the first freshwater offshore wind project in North America, and can be the stepping stone to a clean energy industry in […]

FirstEnergy won’t say what it’s done with Ohio grid modernization money
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy won’t say what it’s done with Ohio grid modernization money

Ohio regulators let FirstEnergy collect $168 million a year from ratepayers with virtually no strings attached for how it is spent COLUMBUS — “Ohio ratepayers have paid FirstEnergy’s utilities roughly a quarter of a billion dollars since January 2017 under a distribution modernization rider. Now, critics say FirstEnergy is stalling on […]

A U.S. coal bailout wouldn’t stop electric sector transition
Coal / Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

A U.S. coal bailout wouldn’t stop electric sector transition

A blatant misuse of the law and a phony national-defense argument CLEVELAND — “It seems a waste of time and resources to call on a nearly 70-year-old defense law to rescue certain failing and outdated sectors of the energy industry. Yet that is precisely what has been proposed. The Trump administration […]