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Powerful lobbyist steered Seitz effort to block Ohio wind power jobs
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Powerful lobbyist steered Seitz effort to block Ohio wind power jobs

COLUMBUS — “Newly-uncovered emails show the strong sway a lobbyist for large industrial users of coal power has had on Ohio wind-energy foe Rep. Bill Seitz’s efforts to keep the state’s strict property line setbacks in place. Insights from the 2017 emails are especially timely as a coalition of business, environmental […]

Ohio has greatest wind power potential, but falling behind neighboring states
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Ohio has greatest wind power potential, but falling behind neighboring states

Even West Virginia, the capital of “coal country”, has more installed wind capacity than Ohio Ohio wind energy development has stalled since 2014 when a last-minute amendment slipped into that year’s budget bill increased the required distance between a turbine and a building or property line. No new wind turbines […]

Senate setting focus on green energy policies
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Senate setting focus on green energy policies

COLUMBUS — “Lawmakers are lining up their priorities for policymaking once they return from their spring break. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the top leader in the Senate says he has a particular issue he expects to address when they come back. The state’s green energy standards require utilities to […]

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Shining the light

SUGAR CREEK TWP. —”The sun shined brightly inside the hearts and minds of roughly 100 people who came together at The Wilderness Center on Saturday. ‘It’s an opportunity for the solar community to talk and discuss the basics and … delve a little deeper on some subjects,’ explained Luke Sulfridge, Ohio […]

Ohio’s solar energy industry spawns new research
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Ohio’s solar energy industry spawns new research

BOWLING GREEN — As Ohio’s commitment to solar energy continues to grow, a new era of research is starting to emerge for this state — one that seeks better use of land and airspace in and around massive solar panel arrays. Following the lead of similar projects in Minnesota, the […]

After rising for 100 years, electricity demand is flat.
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After rising for 100 years, electricity demand is flat.

Utilities are freaking out. KNOXVILLE, TN — “The US electricity sector is in a period of unprecedented change and turmoil. Renewable energy prices are falling like crazy. Natural gas production continues its extraordinary surge. Coal, the golden child of the current administration, is headed down the tubes. In all that bedlam, it’s easy to […]

Editorial: Wind farm rule a set back to Ohio growth
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Editorial: Wind farm rule a set back to Ohio growth

LIMA — “Access to renewable energy needs to be a part of Ohio’s portfolio when it comes to job creation. There’s too much to lose if it doesn’t happen. …At issue is Ohio’s setback rule for wind turbines, which companies call too restrictive, but rural farm owners praise. It requires any […]

Q&A: Watchdog group investigates Ohio wind energy foe
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Q&A: Watchdog group investigates Ohio wind energy foe

WASHINGTON, DC — “Midwest Energy News: Why focus on Bill Seitz? Checks and Balances’ executive director Scott Peterson: Because Rep. Seitz is a powerful politician who has arguably done more to block the growth of clean energy jobs in Ohio than anyone else in the state. He’s done that as a self-styled […]

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Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Wind energy proposal may dictate industry’s future in Ohio

TOLEDO — “Wind energy’s future in Ohio is at a crossroads. Two much different proposals — one easing restrictions stifling new wind farms and another adding more hurdles for future development — are being pitched to state lawmakers and regulators. …Ohio ranks in the middle of the pack among all […]

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Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio bill would relax wind setbacks, but rule change could derail process

COLUMBUS — “An Ohio Republican’s bill would relax one of the nation’s strictest wind farm setback laws, but a proposed rule change could make getting variances next to impossible. Ohio’s four-year-old setback law calls for wind turbines on commercial wind farms to be about 1,300 feet from the closest property line. […]