Freeze on Clean Energy

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

2017 year in review
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2017 year in review

We began 2017 celebrating the reinstatement of Ohio’s modest renewable energy and energy efficiency standards after a two-year freeze, an attempt to extend the freeze and an ultimate veto of the freeze extension by Governor Kasich. Our joy and relief evaporated by March however, when House Bill 114 was introduced. […]

Editorial: Conservatives for clean energy
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Editorial: Conservatives for clean energy

AKRON — “Will Statehouse Republicans listen to their pollster? They rely on the number-crunching expertise and guidance of Public Opinion Strategies for their campaigns. The firm has released a survey last week that should help Republican lawmakers steer their way to maintaining the state’s current standards for increasing energy efficiency and […]

Ohio Majority Leader Bill Seitz: A “Free Market” politician picking energy winners and losers
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Ohio Majority Leader Bill Seitz: A “Free Market” politician picking energy winners and losers

Powerful legislator leads attack on wind industry while pushing taxpayer subsidies for coal plants COLUMBUS — “On at least 15 occasions, according to our review, powerful Ohio House Majority Leader Bill Seitz has said he believes in free markets, proclaimed himself a ‘capitalist’ or declared his opposition to energy mandates. As […]

GOP voters support green energy, oppose coal, nuclear bailouts, statewide poll finds
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GOP voters support green energy, oppose coal, nuclear bailouts, statewide poll finds

CLEVELAND — “Conservative Ohio voters, whether Independent or Republican, are tired of utilities asking for special charges for coal and nuclear power plants, support mandatory energy-efficiency programs, favor home solar systems and are willing to pay higher monthly bills for renewable energy. These are findings in a poll commissioned by […]

Killing Clean: The playbook to destroy clean energy
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Killing Clean: The playbook to destroy clean energy

Killing Clean: The Playbook to Destroy Clean Energy from Weather Films on Vimeo. They were for clean energy before they were against it. In this documentary, the latest joint production from The Weather Channel and InsideClimate News, we investigate why Ohio state lawmakers suddenly changed their minds and decided to […]

The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus (Credit: Ohio Department of Development).
Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio slashes standards protecting renewable energy, worrying some experts

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio House of Representatives voted last month to slash standards protecting renewable energy, spurring concern from local climate change experts. In order to pass House Bill 114, the Ohio House of Representatives asserted renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, no longer needed the assistance of […]