Renewable Energy

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Renewable energy mandates: How does Ohio compare with other states?

CLEVELAND — “Should Ohio continue to force utilities to obtain a percentage of their energy from renewable sources, such as the wind or the sun? If so, how much renewable energy should they be required to use?And when should they have to meet those standards? Those are questions that the […]

As Trump threatens environmental protections, these three Republican governors invest in clean energy
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As Trump threatens environmental protections, these three Republican governors invest in clean energy

JERSEY CITY, NJ — “Earlier this month, the U.S. inaugurated a new president who has vowed to abandon the landmark Paris climate agreement and roll back bedrock American environmental protections. But turn to the states and you’ll find a different story, even in the red states that elected President Trump. […]

2016 Year in Review
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2016 Year in Review

Coal and Energy Our efforts since the 2014 “freeze” on Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards ramped up this year in anticipation of December 31. If legislators failed to pass a reasonable alternative to the original standards, they were set to be reinstated at year’s end. Ohio Citizen Action […]

Ohio has far fewer utility-scale wind farms than neighbors Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. This map shows wind farms of 5 megawatts or greater as of the third quarter of last year. Two more projects have come online in Ohio since then but are not shown on this map. (Map courtesy of the American Wind Energy Association)
Wind Energy

Will the Ohio legislature allow the wind industry to thrive?

CLEVELAND — “Ohio has enough wind to generate electricity on a large scale. What it lacks is a rulebook that allows developers to do just that. In 2014, the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation that more than doubled the distance wind turbines have to be from unoccupied neighboring property, assuming the […]

Jane Harf is an energy and environmental consultant.
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Scott Pruit at EPA will hobble Ohio’s alternative-energy economy: Jane Harf (Opinion)

GRANVILLE — “In Ohio, the clean energy economy isn’t merely the future – it’s the present. We already see clean energy providing jobs, saving money, and making our nation more secure. And we know we’ve only begun to scratch the surface. So it was very troubling when President Donald Trump […]

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Power grid taking on more renewables amid policy, technical challenges

ST PAUL, MN — “Renewable energy accounted for nearly two-thirds of new power sources on the U.S. electric grid in 2016, according to data released this month by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). It marks the third consecutive year that wind, solar and other renewables made up more than […]

Job growth in different energy sectors mirrors the evolution of the nation's power mix.  
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Renewables, efficiency dominate job growth in energy sector

WASHINGTON, DC — “The DOE’s findings in its second annual jobs report underscores the evolution in the power sector as utilities shift from traditional power generation sources such as coal and nuclear toward natural gas, efficiency and renewable energy. It should come as no surprise, then, that the renewable energy […]

Wind farms stall, solar grows as energy debate continues in Ohio
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Wind farms stall, solar grows as energy debate continues in Ohio

DAYTON — “Alternative energy advocates cheered a recent decision by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to veto a recent bill that would have weakened the state’s clean energy standards, arguing the move will lead to more investment and jobs in the industry statewide. But opponents, including residents engaged in a long […]

Kasich consistent in priorities, despite angering those beholden to coal, oil and gas
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Kasich consistent in priorities, despite angering those beholden to coal, oil and gas

Vetoes of fossil-fuel industry-friendly bill in line with gov’s fiscal policy ATHENS — “We’ve reached a sorry pass in the state of Ohio when the only person in a position of power who’s holding back the forces and darkness and regression on the energy front is Gov. John Kasich. This […]

Large businesses thank Governor Kasich for energy bill veto
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Large businesses thank Governor Kasich for energy bill veto

COLUMBUS — “Major Ohio employers today commended Republican Gov. John Kasich for vetoing an energy bill that they say would have increased electricity costs and made Ohio less globally competitive. By vetoing HB554, Ohio’s renewable portfolio standard of 12.5 percent by 2026 goes back into effect on January 1, 2017.  […]