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Mark Goodwin is CEO of Apex Clean Energy, which develops, constructs, and operates utility-scale wind and solar power facilities across North America.
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Ohio’s hostility to renewable energy makes the state less attractive

COLUMBUS — “The disconnect for Columbus begins in the Statehouse it hosts. Beholden to a powerful few, the legislature is still struggling to overturn the narrow 2014 mandate setting a minimum setback distance for wind turbines of 1,125 feet from adjacent properties, more than double the prior standard. This struggle […]

Consumer groups maintain rate increase cases and power purchase agreements filed by the utilities are muddying the waters of Ohio's energy market.
AEP / Dayton Power & Light / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Lower Ohio electric rates based on federal tax cut won’t be easy or quick

CLEVELAND — “Don’t plan on lower electric bills anytime soon reflecting the fat tax cut Ohio’s electric utilities are already enjoying. FirstEnergy, American Electric Power, Duke Energy and Dayton Power & Light have made it clear to the PUCO that passing on their windfall tax break from 35 percent to […]

Matt Dolan, R-Chagrin Falls
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Lawmaker: Current wind farm regulations ‘stifle’ investment in Ohio

Setbacks have been an issue of contention with proposed Champaign County wind farm CHAMPAIGN COUNTY  — “A Northeast Ohio Republican is pushing for a return to shorter setbacks for wind farms in Ohio, arguing the rules created in 2014 have strangled investment in the industry. The issue of how far turbines […]

Mike Hartley is a consultant with the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum, an organization that supports an “all-of- the-above” energy future that includes clean and renewable energy innovation and solutions.
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Opinion: Ohio conservatives value renewable energy

COLUMBUS — “Job creation. Economic growth. Property rights. These priorities have long been at the heart of conservative policymaking because they enrich our communities with opportunity and help individuals and families pursue the American dream on their own terms. Right now, Ohio has an opportunity to advance and defend these conservative […]

Wind energy growth in Ohio slowed in past year
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Wind energy growth in Ohio slowed in past year

COLUMBUS — “Wind turbines continue to sprout across the United States and Ohio, but the pace slowed in 2017, and industry advocates continue to have grave concerns about Ohio rules that limit where turbines can be placed. The industry completed projects this past year that add up to 7,017 megawatts, […]

Coal’s ‘aging out’ problem: Most US customers operating older power plants
Coal / Energy

Coal’s ‘aging out’ problem: Most US customers operating older power plants

NEW YORK, NY — “U.S. coal production paused a yearslong, sharp decline through most of 2017, but the sector still faces the challenges of a rapidly aging customer base. Nearly 70% of the coal delivered in the 12-month period that ended Oct. 31, 2017, went to coal-fired power plants that […]

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Coal / Energy

PJM changes would help subsidized coal, nuclear compete on market

COLUMBUS — “Illinois already has one subsidy plan in place that could benefit from the new PJM proposal. The state’s plan subsidizes nuclear power and is currently being challenged at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. ‘Subsidies are contagious,’ Bowring said. ‘If one subsidy program is permitted to undermine the PJM capacity […]

Utility CEO: new renewables will be cheaper than existing coal plants by the early 2020s
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Utility CEO: new renewables will be cheaper than existing coal plants by the early 2020s

Energy execs sound more like wild-eyed hippies every day WASHINGTON, DC — “It is difficult to exaggerate just what a sea change has taken place in the discussion of renewable energy in recent years. Oldsters like me remember when the idea that (unsubsidized) renewable energy would be able to compete […]

Debate over Ohio conservatives’ views of renewable energy swirls in wake of poll
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Debate over Ohio conservatives’ views of renewable energy swirls in wake of poll

COLUMBUS — “Some prominent Ohio Republicans are sparring over renewable-energy policy, with each side claiming to represent conservative Ohioans. This started on Jan. 10 when the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum, an advocacy group, published poll results showing that a majority of self-identified Ohio conservatives are in favor of policies that support wind, solar […]

FirstEnergy is about to ask Ohio lawmakers to create new regulations awarding "zero emission credits," or ZECs, to its nuclear power plants, Davis-Besse east of Toledo and Perry east of Cleveland, in recognition that they do not contribute to air pollution. The ZECs would increase customer bills. The plan is sure to be challenged in federal court because it would subsidize the nukes which are supposed to be operating in a competitive market.
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy executive: Davis-Besse plant headed for premature closure

OAK HARBOR — “A FirstEnergy Corp. executive confirmed Thursday what many people have feared for months: The utility’s Davis-Besse nuclear plant is headed for a premature closing. The outlook for FirstEnergy’s coal-fired power plants and its other nuclear plants — its twin-reactor Beaver Valley nuclear plant west of Pittsburgh and […]