Renewable Energy

The Brazos Wind Farm, also known as the Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm, near Fluvanna, Texas. (Wikimedia Commons)
Renewable Energy / Research & Reports

Clean energy is seeing explosive job growth, don’t let budget kill it

WASHINGTON, DC — “Multiple news outlets have reported that the federal budget President Donald Trump plans to submit to Congress Thursday will gut or even eliminate two principal Department of Energy research efforts fueling a renewable energy revolution in the United States. That would be an enormous mistake. Whatever else […]

Students at Lincolnview Elementary display their notebook tablets with Senator Cliff Hite. CREDIT: Alexandria Mick
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Anti-wind bill costs Ohio schools hundreds of thousands of dollars

New setback rules killed revenue from wind farms that would have gone directly to districts VAN WERT — “A short drive up the road from Van Wert City Schools, students of Lincolnview Schools saw a different ending to the same story. That district benefits from a program that allows wind […]

The solar project, situated on 165 acres along Carter Road, northeast of Bowling Green, is planned to accommodate 85,000 tracking solar panels and have a 20-megawatt capacity. (Credit: J.D.Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Renewable Energy

BG solar field broadcast called bright

BOWLING GREEN — “Results are sunny so far for Bowling Green’s fledgling solar installation. Utilities Director Brian O’Connell said they’re looking forward to the field’s output this summer, when demand for electrical power is higher. ‘We’re looking forward to the first summer, when we see what it will do,’ he […]

A solar array at Consolidated Electric Cooperative in Delaware. (Credit: Tom Knox/Columbus Business First)
Renewable Energy / Utilities

Ohio renewable energy bill could hurt AEP’s wind and solar projects

COLUMBUS — “A plan to scrap Ohio’s renewable energy standards could impact a Columbus utility’s plan to develop large wind and solar projects. A provision allows customers who shop for their power to not pay the utility costs it passes on from providing new power generation, including from renewables. While […]

The Timber Road II wind farm in Ohio (Credit: Keith Lott/USFWS, Creative Commons)
Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy

‘Outlier’ study on Ohio renewable standards is flawed, say critics

COLUMBUS — “A study calling for repeal of Ohio’s enforceable renewable energy standards – released just days ahead of legislation to further weaken those laws – will almost certainly be cited as hearings begin on the bill this week. Clean energy advocates, however, say the report is flawed because it relies […]

Statehouse News Bureau
Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy

After December veto, proposal to change green energy requirements on utilities to goals is back

COLUMBUS — “When Gov. John Kasich vetoed another two year freeze on the state’s renewable energy benchmarks last year, his fellow Republicans in the legislature promised they’d be back with a total repeal of those benchmarks. And they appear to have taken the first step. Amid the Christmas rush in […]

West facade of the Ohio Statehouse. Credit: Wikipedia
Renewable Energy

GOP state legislators trying again to weaken renewable-energy standards

COLUMBUS — “Republican state legislators are trying again to weaken clean-energy standards, hoping to pass a measure similar to one that Gov. John Kasich vetoed in December. The 73-page bill would change state rules that require electricity utilities to invest in renewable energy and help customers to reduce energy use. […]

A solar array at Sycamore Township Fire Department's facilities in Cincinnati. (Credit: Tom Knox)
Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy

Ohio’s renewable energy mandates would become goals under latest Statehouse proposal

COLUMBUS — “Ohio Republicans have introduced a bill to gut the state’s renewable energy standards. The changes would strip the 2008 law that enacted the standards of much of its muscle. House Bill 114 follows through on a promise made last month by Rep. Bill Seitz to scrap the requirements […]

Solar jobs up, coal jobs down in Ohio, West Virginia
Energy / Renewable Energy

Solar jobs up, coal jobs down in Ohio, West Virginia

WHEELING, WV — “West Virginia lost 7,296 coal mining jobs from 2012 to 2015, the same period during which the number working in the solar power industry across the U.S. nearly doubled. As West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania continue losing coal jobs, the number of solar power workers jumped by […]

Will Ohio backtrack on its green energy advances? (Opinion)
Renewable Energy

Will Ohio backtrack on its green energy advances? (Opinion)

DAYTON — “On Tuesday this newspaper quoted a Harvard psychologist saying that climate change requires massive infrastructure change ‘including nuclear power.’ Wednesday we read that a group of citizens filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to prevent closure of two Ohio coal plants. Neither of these positions reflects […]