Renewable Energy

Report: Local solar & batteries can rapidly replace fossil fuel electricity
Duke Energy / Energy / Renewable Energy

Report: Local solar & batteries can rapidly replace fossil fuel electricity

Groundbreaking report reflects leaps in battery technology, is paired with Action Plan so cities and towns can act on pledges to help slow the climate crisis DURHAM, NC — “Recent leaps in battery technology, combined with falling solar power prices and energy-saving advances, mean North Carolina can replace all fossil […]

Governor Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa)
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

The red state with an energy blueprint

WASHINGTON, DC — “Iowa didn’t become an energy powerhouse by accident. Back in the 1980s, we enacted the nation’s first law incentivizing utilities that bought more renewable power. That began decades of innovation and investment in Iowa’s energy sector. Fast forward to today where we’re now reaping the rewards: low-cost […]

Fred. Olsen Renewables of Norway, commissioned this crane and drilling barge in 2015 to take core samples of the lake bottom about 8 to 10 miles offshore for the proposed Icebreaker Windpower project. The Ohio Power Siting Board has now accepted Icebreaker's application after holding it up in April for not including enough information about how it would monitor the impact of the project on bird, bats and aquatic life. (John Funk/Plain Dealer file photo)
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

LEEDCo wind turbine application complete, says Ohio Power Siting Board

CLEVELAND —  “The siting board held up Icebreaker’s application in April after determining that the company had not fully explained its plans to monitor the impact of the construction of  the project on birds and bats and on fisheries and aquatic life. Since then Icebreaker has negotiated and signed agreements with […]

Tilting at Windmills
Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Tilting at Windmills

CLEVELAND — “Cleveland has been trying to develop offshore wind turbines on Lake Erie since 2004. After many false starts, construction on a pilot program will start in 2018, helped along by Project Icebreaker, which will allow year-round production in the partly frozen lake. Should this six-turbine wind farm on […]

The San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm in Riverside County, CA (Credit: Nandaro / Creative Commons).
AEP / Wind Energy

AEP eyes April 2018 as pivotal month for future of nation’s largest wind farm

COLUMBUS — “A Columbus electric utility is buying the largest single-site wind project in American history – and it’s chosen April as the do-or-die month for its future. The 800-turbine, 2,000 megawatt project being built in Oklahoma by Invenergy and General Electric’s renewable energy division is a massive undertaking that […]

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

Wind turbine setback, battles over green energy rules expected in Ohio legislature

CLEVELAND — “Renewable energy’s struggle to grow in Ohio is expected to resume this fall following years of political battles over state energy mandates. Legislation amending how close a wind turbine can be to adjacent property not part of a wind farm is planned by Republican state senator Cliff Hite […]

Mayor Cranley announces Water Works to go solar
Renewable Energy

Mayor Cranley announces Water Works to go solar

CINCINNATI — “Surrounded by community leaders and environmental activists, Mayor John Cranley on Wednesday announced major initiatives to further Cincinnati’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Among the initiatives Cranley announced include a plan to transition Greater Cincinnati Water Works from coal-powered energy to solar. The first phase of the solar project […]

Credit: Kristian Buus / Creative Commons
Renewable Energy / Utilities

Analysis: Ratepayer’s foot the bill for utilities’ push against rooftop solar

ST. PAUL, MN — “A recent story in the New York Times raised new attention to the role of the Edison Electric Institute in pushing policies hostile to distributed solar. Not mentioned in that article, however, is that ratepayers are a significant source of funding for this industry trade association. Utilities pay dues […]

Large solar farms proposed in three Ohio counties
Renewable Energy

Large solar farms proposed in three Ohio counties

COLUMBUS — “A couple of large wind farms have cropped up in Ohio over the past couple of years, but the state still hasn’t seen a big development with solar power. That could change very soon with not one but three big solar farms in the works. The three plans, […]

‘Bring on more renewables,’ US regulator says as grid study looms
Renewable Energy

‘Bring on more renewables,’ US regulator says as grid study looms

WASHINGTON, DC — “Wind and solar power does not make the U.S. electricity grid less stable, an outgoing federal regulator said on Tuesday, as the Trump administration readies a study that will examine whether renewable energy has had a harmful effect. Colette Honorable, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory […]