Renewable Energy

This Ohio Power Siting Board map shows all existing and proposed wind projects in the state. Turbine setback laws passed in 2014 have stifled development in recent years, and the climate for wind energy could worsen if the Legislature adopts a bill to eliminate the renewable energy standard. Source: Ohio Power Siting Board
Ohio Utility Bailouts / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Strangled Ohio wind industry: ‘We don’t want to give up’

COLUMBUS — “For the past five years, wind developers in Ohio have faced what they describe as among the most restrictive turbine-siting rules anywhere in the United States. More challenges may be mounting. Ohio lawmakers are now considering a controversial energy bill, H.B. 6, that would eliminate or weaken the […]

A screenshot from a video of Samuel Randazzo speaking at a meeting organized by the Seneca Anti-Wind Union.
Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio wind setback lawsuit spurred bill to block similar legal challenges

Emails show the legislation originated from correspondence between two of Ohio’s most prominent wind energy critics. COLUMBUS — “The bill’s primary sponsor, freshman Rep. Brett Hillyer, R-New Philadelphia, denied a connection between his legislation and the wind setback lawsuit, but emails indicate the bill stemmed from correspondence between two of Ohio’s […]

Editorial: Don’t pass nuclear bailout without plan for renewable energy
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Renewable Energy

Editorial: Don’t pass nuclear bailout without plan for renewable energy

“As The Dispatch already has opined, the nuclear bailout could be palatable, given the plants’ economic importance and the fact that they produce 90% of all Ohio clean energy, if HB 6 truly were the ‘clean energy’ measure its sponsors touted. They said the 50-cents-per-month fee paid by each customer […]

Editorial: Energy bailout bill needs Senate changes to truly be clean
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Renewable Energy

Editorial: Energy bailout bill needs Senate changes to truly be clean

“Moving to renewable energy is essential to reducing the effects of climate change, but the standards have done more than just that. A Public Utilities Commission of Ohio report says the energy efficiency standard alone has saved $5.1 billion on Ohioans’ electric bills, and a recent report by the economy […]

Changes expected before nuclear subsidy bill gets mid-May House vote
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Ohio's Clean Energy Future / Wind Energy

Changes expected before nuclear subsidy bill gets mid-May House vote

“Fischer said he wants to tell potential central Ohio businesses that the state is reinforcing renewable energy, but said that doing away with the state’s renewable and energy efficiency standards would be a negative. Fischer added that nuclear is generally not part of the discussion when talking to potential companies […]

Ohio nuclear subsidy bill designed to undermine wind and solar, experts say
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio nuclear subsidy bill designed to undermine wind and solar, experts say

“Language buried deep in the 27-page bill also makes it difficult, if not impossible, for a solar or wind developer trying to finance a new project to rely on funding from the Clean Air Fund that HB 6 would create. Wind and solar companies seeking a grant from the new […]

Invenergy's Grand Ridge project in Illinois is one of a small number of hybrid power projects to combine wind and solar energy in one site. A larger one with more solar is planned for Ohio. Credit: Invenergy
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Wind, solar skeptical of Ohio ‘clean energy’ bill

  COLUMBUS — “Supporters also argue it would postpone the permanent decommissioning of the nuclear plants that are responsible for 90 percent of Ohio’s zero-emissions power. They’ve been unable to compete economically with cheaper and abundant natural gas, and FirstEnergy Solutions is currently in bankruptcy proceedings. But to participate in […]

Make clean energy work for Ohio
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Renewable Energy

Make clean energy work for Ohio

“Proponents contend the [renewable energy] standards haven’t worked. Yet the Republican majorities at the Statehouse have behaved for years as if they didn’t want them to succeed. This legislation must fix the setback requirement for wind turbines that has all but halted the development of wind energy here. A bill […]

Nuclear plant bailout debate kicks off at Statehouse
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Renewable Energy

Nuclear plant bailout debate kicks off at Statehouse

“Rep. David Leland, D-Columbus, asked the sponsors whether they could specify how the $9.25-per-megawatt hour was developed. ‘No,’ Callender said. ‘We’re dealing with some complex issues and coming up with an exact number is not an exact science.’ Leland later remarked that he was ‘totally surprised’ that it was not […]

"At Van Wert County’s Lincolnview Local Schools, turbines have generated $2 million since 2014, and — at a pace of $400,000 a year — are expected to bring $8 million in funding over 20 years. It has helped pay for new technology, a boiler, more parking, and a new roof."
Ohio's Clean Energy Future / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Wind farms a cash cow for communities, but not everyone’s sold

VAN WERT, OH — “During an all-day tour last week of various sites in Van Wert and Paulding counties, several officials told The Blade their communities are doing just fine, even prospering beyond expectations, because of wind power. ‘Thanks for listening to our story,’ Paulding County Commission Chairman Roy Klopfenstein, said. […]