Renewable Energy

Third annual Ohio Solar Congress
Solar Energy

Third annual Ohio Solar Congress

ATHENS — Solar advocates from across the state came together at the 2019 United Solar Neighbors’ Solar Congress on March 9 in Athens, OH to discuss their progress last year and new projects for the future. Rachael Belz, Ohio Citizen Action Executive Director, was a panel member of the final […]

Huge proposed solar array at stake in PUCO case
AEP / Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Utilities

Huge proposed solar array at stake in PUCO case

  DAYTON — “If approved, the Highland solar farm would be the biggest such facility in Ohio. ‘Renewable energy is a good thing,’ said the consumers’ counsel’s brief filed Wednesday. ‘But AEP’s proposal to re-monopolize power plants in Ohio is an illegal thing. Under Ohio’s deregulation law, an AEP proposal […]

Credit: Midwest Energy News
Energy / Renewable Energy

100% renewable energy needs lots of storage. This Polar Vortex test showed how much.

Energy analysts used power demand data from the Midwest’s January deep freeze and wind and solar conditions to find the gaps in an all-renewable power grid. EDINBURGH, UK— “In the depths of the deep freeze late last month, nearly every power plant in the Eastern and Central U.S. that could run […]

Timber Road II wind project in western Ohio. 
Photo by David Grant / Creative Commons
AEP / Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

AEP to spend $1B for stakes in seven wind farms

COLUMBUS — “AEP Corp. is forging ahead with plans to grow its renewable energy business. The Columbus-based utility announced after markets closed Tuesday that its competitive renewable energy subsidiary has signed an agreement to acquire Sempra Renewables LLC, which controls stakes in seven wind farms and 724 megawatts of wind power, […]

Members of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio meet in March 2018. photo: PUCO
Energy / Renewable Energy

Ohio clean energy groups will seek recusals from PUCO nominee

Industry group lobbyist Sam Randazzo has represented several groups before the regulatory board COLUMBUS — “Randazzo himself raised the question of recusals when he opposed Democrat Howard Petricoff for a seat on the PUCO in 2016. Petricoff had represented wind industry clients, as well as some companies that favor a shift to […]

AEP Ohio Weighs in on Pick for PUCO Chairman
AEP / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

AEP Ohio Weighs in on Pick for PUCO Chairman

COLUMBUS — “Sam Randazzo’s appointment to chair the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio sent up red flags to supporters of AEP’s 400 megawatt solar farm. Randazzo’s former group, Industrial Energy Users-Ohio, is against the proposal. AEP Ohio Vice President Marc Reitter said Randazzo is smart and experienced, and Reitter hopes he gives their proposal a fair shot. ‘He’ll […]

Credit: Tom Knox
Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio governor taps wind critic Randazzo as utility commission chair

COLUMBUS — “Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, R, on Monday, named energy attorney and lobbyist Samuel Randazzo as the new chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO), sparking criticism from renewable energy advocates and environmentalists. Randazzo, a former lobbyist for industrial energy consumers, has worked against wind development in Ohio […]

Ohioans deserve an end to PUCO shill game
Renewable Energy

Ohioans deserve an end to PUCO shill game

  Lawmakers created the PUCO Nominating Council for a reason, and understanding that reason helps to understand the current conflict-of-interest controversy surrounding PUCO nominee Sam Randazzo, a long-time former lobbyist and general counsel for Industrial Energy Users-Ohio. Ohio Citizen Action actively opposes Mr. Randazzo joining the Commission on the grounds […]

DeWine picks Columbus lawyer as new PUCO chairman, drawing praise and criticism
Renewable Energy

DeWine picks Columbus lawyer as new PUCO chairman, drawing praise and criticism

COLUMBUS — “Gov. Mike DeWine has picked a Columbus attorney with a long history in the state’s energy business to lead the the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. DeWine announced on Monday that Samuel Randazzo will be chairman of the five-member commission, replacing Asim Haque as chairman, who announced Monday he was stepping down March 1 to […]

Sarah Taylor, Windustrious Cleveland
Wind Energy

Wind advocate responds to Randazzo PUCO appointment

To Michael Hall, Governor DeWine’s Director of Policy. Dear Michael, It was very disturbing to read that Samuel Randazzo has now been appointed by Governor DeWine to Chair PUCO, just four days after his name had been submitted as a candidate for Commissioner for PUCO.  Samuel Randazzo’s totally inappropriate background for such […]