Renewable Energy

Repeal 2014 setback rules for wind turbines
Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Repeal 2014 setback rules for wind turbines

TOLEDO — “Wind energy developers considered this requirement highly onerous, and their money followed them out of Ohio. A 20-page report by two Washington-based industry groups, the American Wind Energy Association and the Wind Energy Foundation, found Ohio has foregone roughly $4.2 billion in potential economic development since the 2014 rules […]

With Hite gone, wind setbacks measure reintroduced under new sponsor
Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

With Hite gone, wind setbacks measure reintroduced under new sponsor

COLUMBUS — “An issue that some believe will reignite the wind energy industry is getting a new wave of support. A previous version of the bill stalled after the resignation of a senator. A northeast Ohio Republican lawmaker has reintroduced a bill to decrease wind setbacks, which is the distance a […]

The darker orange areas in this map reflect majority Republican support for government funding of renewable energy research.
Climate Change / Energy / Renewable Energy

Map shows political divide on climate, common ground on clean energy

NEW HAVEN, CT — “A majority of both Republicans and Democrats throughout Ohio favor clean energy policies, such as regulating carbon dioxide emissions as a pollutant and more government funding for renewable energy, according to a new interactive map. Moreover, people would favor those policies despite substantial divides on acceptance of climate […]

Gary Baldosser, who farms 2,000 acres in Seneca County's Adams Township, is a strong proponent of the Republic Wind project and is eager to get at least one of its 66 wind turbines erected on his property. photo: Tom Henry. Toledo Blade
Wind Energy

Tougher setback rules for wind turbines generate controversy

GREEN SPRINGS — “Ohio’s highly contentious debate over setback requirements for massive wind turbines is being played out in rural Seneca and Sandusky counties, where a company ready to invest $92 million vows to walk away unless the Ohio General Assembly comes up with rules much softer than those Gov. […]

The Blue Creek Township wind farm. Photo by Tom Hart / Creative Commons
Coal / Energy / Wind Energy

Secrecy surrounds pro-coal group eyeing Ohio wind cases

CLEVELAND — “A pro-coal group that has appeared in multiple Ohio wind farm cases has not disclosed its members, raising questions about who funds the nonprofit organization and what relationship it might have to other parties. The Campaign for American Affordable and Reliable Energy (CAARE) has been added to the service list […]

A 90-foot barge is used to extract soil samples and perform pressure tests in Lake Erie, where Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation plans to erect six wind turbines next year. (Photo by Mort Tucker/LeedCo)
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

A new green future is building on Lake Erie

Cleveland is on track to lead a nascent offshore wind industry in the U.S., creating clean energy and jobs for a city in need of both CLEVELAND — “Lorry Wagner has spent more than a decade attempting to convince the world that Cleveland has all the ingredients to be a giant […]

AEP to invest $1.8 billion in renewables over the next three years
AEP / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

AEP to invest $1.8 billion in renewables over the next three years

One of the United States’ largest power companies is looking to increase its renewable energy portfolio five-fold in value and has identified a 1.37 GW solar pipeline COLUMBUS — “If there was one definitive sign that renewable energy has gone mainstream, this may be it. Last Friday American Electric Power (AEP), […]

Citizens debate rules on distance between wind farms and Their property
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Citizens debate rules on distance between wind farms and Their property

VAN WERT  — “The Wind Energy industry has been taking off in the Midwest. The number of wind farms in the region has doubled since 2011. In Ohio though, new development worth up to 1.6 billion dollars has stalled because of the debate over set-back rules, the guidelines that govern the distance between […]

How fossil fuel allies are tearing apart Ohio’s embrace of clean energy
Coal / Energy / Renewable Energy

How fossil fuel allies are tearing apart Ohio’s embrace of clean energy

With scare studies, policy drafts and political donations, industry groups turned Ohio lawmakers against policies they once overwhelmingly supported COLUMBUS — “On March 30, Bill Seitz, a charismatic Republican, took to the floor of the Ohio House to make a case for gutting a 2008 law designed to speed the […]

The Blue Creek Township wind farm. Photo by Tom Hart / Creative Commons
Commentary / Renewable Energy

Commentary: Ohio lawmakers should follow the lead of the business community and support clean energy

COLUMBUS — “As the Ohio Senate considers House Bill 114, a proposal that would dismantle the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards, lawmakers should consider the significant opportunities for clean energy investment in the Buckeye State. In September, General Motors announced it would power its Ohio manufacturing plants in […]