Renewable Energy

Fix the setback to end a setback: editorial
Wind Energy

Fix the setback to end a setback: editorial

AKRON — “Three years ago, Ohio erected a roadblock to the development of wind power in the state. It all but halted new investment. Now the pieces have aligned at the Statehouse to make the needed correction. The Republican majority in the Senate has included a remedy in its version […]

Credit: Columbus Dispatch file photo
AEP / Renewable Energy

AEP renewable energy charge getting scrutiny

COLUMBUS — “Your bill from American Electric Power is the sum of many parts, including a charge for renewable-energy programs. That charge has doubled at the same time that the overall bill has decreased. Called the Alternative Energy Rider, the charge is about $2 for a typical household this month. […]

The Ohio legislature should get rid of damaging wind setback: editorial
Wind Energy

The Ohio legislature should get rid of damaging wind setback: editorial

CLEVELAND — “The state Senate is moving to undo a bad mistake the General Assembly made in 2014, a job-killing mistake that’s been strangling wind-energy investments in Ohio. In 2014, Senate Republicans tucked into an 822-page mid-biennium budget review (HB 483) a rider that more than doubled the distance a wind […]

The Ohio Statehouse (Credit: Tlarrow/Creative Commons)
Utilities / Wind Energy

Ohio budget amendments: another utility ‘bailout’ and a rollback of wind setbacks

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s budget bill reported out of the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday comes with an amendment that would expressly authorize extra charges to ratepayers to support utilities’ financial health. Meanwhile, another amendment would relax the tripled wind turbine setbacks that were included at the last minute in a 2014 […]

IEEFA Update: The U.S. energy narrative is shifting
Renewable Energy

IEEFA Update: The U.S. energy narrative is shifting

Markets are changing; The media is catching up; Renewables account for 20% of total generation in latest data snapshot CLEVELAND — “What feels sometimes like a reluctant transformation is taking hold in the emergence of a ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ media narrative on the rise of renewable energy. This awakening […]

Iberdrola Renewables built these wind turbines as part of the Blue Creek Wind Farm in Van Wert, Ohio. But wind development in in the state has stalled since 2014 when lawmakers created the most restrictive turbine property setback rules in the nation. Legislation proposed last year to allow county commissioners to modify the state rules failed. Now the 2014 rules are being challenged in this year’s budget bill (Credit: Karen Schiely).
Wind Energy

Ohio wind turbine setback rule may be changed in budget bill

CLEVELAND — “Ohio’s official hostility toward wind farm development may be about to change. State Sen. Cliff Hite, a Findlay Republican whose 11-county district contains some of the best wind in Ohio, this week said that he is submitting an amendment to the Senate’s final version of state budget bill […]

Wind turbines in Van Wert (Credit: Columbus Dispatch).
Wind Energy

Lawmakers pressed to ease restrictions on wind-turbine locations

COLUMBUS — “Wind-energy advocates are pushing hard this week to get Ohio lawmakers to revise a three-year-old rule that put new restrictions on where wind turbines can be placed. The proposal is in the form of an amendment to the state budget, submitted by Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, whose district […]

A solar farm in Lagos, Portugal (Creative Commons)
Renewable Energy

‘Spectacular’ drop in renewable energy costs leads to record global boost

NEW YORK, NY — “Renewable energy capacity around the world was boosted by a record amount in 2016 and delivered at a markedly lower cost, according to new global data – although the total financial investment in renewables actually fell. The greater ‘bang-for-buck’ resulted from plummeting prices for solar and […]

Ohio Statehouse (Wikimedia Commons)
Renewable Energy / Uncategorized

State legislators still hope for compromise with Governor on clean-energy bill

COLUMBUS — “A proposal that would weaken clean-energy standards is now in the Ohio Senate, and a key lawmaker says he hopes to come up with a version of the bill that Gov. John Kasich would support. House Bill 114 received its first hearing on Wednesday before a Senate committee, […]

Turbines at the Spring Canyon Wind Farm outside Peetz, Colo. The farm is owned by Invenergy, and produces energy under contract to Xcel Energy (Credit: Ryan David Brown).
Wind Energy

Even as wind power rises, it falls under a political cloud

WASHINGTON, DC — “Wind farms, with their rapid geographic spread and technological advances, are reshaping the electric system, defying skepticism that they are steady or reliable enough to displace conventional power plants. ‘The fuel of choice right now, certainly for us, is wind,’ said Ben Fowke, the chief executive of […]