Renewable Energy

The Ohio Statehouse (Credit: Tlarrow/Creative Commons)
Utilities / Wind Energy

Ohio budget amendments: another utility ‘bailout’ and a rollback of wind setbacks

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s budget bill reported out of the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday comes with an amendment that would expressly authorize extra charges to ratepayers to support utilities’ financial health. Meanwhile, another amendment would relax the tripled wind turbine setbacks that were included at the last minute in a 2014 […]

IEEFA Update: The U.S. energy narrative is shifting
Renewable Energy

IEEFA Update: The U.S. energy narrative is shifting

Markets are changing; The media is catching up; Renewables account for 20% of total generation in latest data snapshot CLEVELAND — “What feels sometimes like a reluctant transformation is taking hold in the emergence of a ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ media narrative on the rise of renewable energy. This awakening […]

Ohio wind turbine setback rule may be changed in budget bill
Wind Energy

Ohio wind turbine setback rule may be changed in budget bill

CLEVELAND — “Ohio’s official hostility toward wind farm development may be about to change. State Sen. Cliff Hite, a Findlay Republican whose 11-county district contains some of the best wind in Ohio, this week said that he is submitting an amendment to the Senate’s final version of state budget bill […]

Lawmakers pressed to ease restrictions on wind-turbine locations
Wind Energy

Lawmakers pressed to ease restrictions on wind-turbine locations

COLUMBUS — “Wind-energy advocates are pushing hard this week to get Ohio lawmakers to revise a three-year-old rule that put new restrictions on where wind turbines can be placed. The proposal is in the form of an amendment to the state budget, submitted by Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, whose district […]

A solar farm in Lagos, Portugal (Creative Commons)
Renewable Energy

‘Spectacular’ drop in renewable energy costs leads to record global boost

NEW YORK, NY — “Renewable energy capacity around the world was boosted by a record amount in 2016 and delivered at a markedly lower cost, according to new global data – although the total financial investment in renewables actually fell. The greater ‘bang-for-buck’ resulted from plummeting prices for solar and […]

Ohio Statehouse (Wikimedia Commons)
Renewable Energy

State legislators still hope for compromise with Governor on clean-energy bill

COLUMBUS — “A proposal that would weaken clean-energy standards is now in the Ohio Senate, and a key lawmaker says he hopes to come up with a version of the bill that Gov. John Kasich would support. House Bill 114 received its first hearing on Wednesday before a Senate committee, […]

Even as wind power rises, it falls under a political cloud
Wind Energy

Even as wind power rises, it falls under a political cloud

WASHINGTON, DC — “Wind farms, with their rapid geographic spread and technological advances, are reshaping the electric system, defying skepticism that they are steady or reliable enough to displace conventional power plants. ‘The fuel of choice right now, certainly for us, is wind,’ said Ben Fowke, the chief executive of […]

NW Ohio leaders urge legislature to undo wind-turbine restrictions
Wind Energy

NW Ohio leaders urge legislature to undo wind-turbine restrictions

COLUMBUS — “Overly restrictive rules on wind-turbine placement have put billions of dollars of investment on hold, say government leaders from northwestern Ohio, who want to see the rules changed. The local-government officials teamed up with a wind-energy trade group today to call for the Ohio General Assembly to undo the […]

Gov. John Kasich on Monday celebrated Amazon's expanding footprint in Ohio at a grand opening event for its fulfillment center in central Ohio. (Credit: Jackie Borchardt, cleveland.com)
Renewable Energy

Gov. John Kasich celebrates Amazon jobs ahead of State of the State address

ETNA TOWNSHIP — “On the eve of his annual state of the state address, Gov. John Kasich took a victory lap at an Amazon fulfillment center his administration helped locate east of Columbus. The online retailer employs 3,000 people at the 855,000-square-foot building it opened east of Columbus in September. […]

Hundreds of clean energy bills have introduced in states nationwide this year
Renewable Energy

Hundreds of clean energy bills have introduced in states nationwide this year

State-by state look at proposals dealing with renewable energy reveals bipartisan collaboration for cleaner electricity, as Republican backlash in Washington grows. WASHINGTON, DC — “Lawmakers in state legislatures across the nation have proposed hundreds of bills this year relating to clean energy. While many propose to grow alternative energy resources, […]