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Four reasons 30% wind and solar is technically no big deal (Opinion)

Many regions are already operating power systems with more renewable energy than previously thought possible WASHINGTON, DC — “Lower costs, enhanced capabilities, and an abundance of resources have set the United States and much of the world on track to increase renewable energy deployment and decrease carbon emissions from the […]

Renewables: How a data tweak could rock tomorrow’s grid
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Renewables: How a data tweak could rock tomorrow’s grid

WASHINGTON, DC — “In October, the Department of Energy made a little change to how it values renewable energy on the electric grid. It immediately resolved a tussle between the electric grid and the natural gas grid over efficiency standards, with the electric utilities scoring a strategic win. But that’s […]

Ohio lawmakers try again weaken efficiency, renewable energy rules but risk Governor John Kasich’s veto
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Ohio lawmakers try again weaken efficiency, renewable energy rules but risk Governor John Kasich’s veto

COLUMBUS — “A showdown appears to be developing between Gov. John Kasich and GOP legislative leaders over rules requiring Ohio’s power companies to sell more power generated by renewables such as wind and solar and to help customers use less electricity by converting to more efficient lighting, appliances and equipment. […]

Wind energy poised for growth in Ohio, advocates say
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Wind energy poised for growth in Ohio, advocates say

COLUMBUS — “Wind energy development in Ohio continued its years-long lull in 2016, a wind-energy trade group says, but development appears poised to accelerate with a project involving Amazon and several others under construction. So far this year, Ohio has had one small wind farm begin operation, a 1.5-megawatt facility […]

This is a rendering of what the turbine will look like at the Ottawa plant once completed, but the actual location of the turbine could change. Credit: Whirlpool Corp.
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Whirlpool’s wind-turbine project starts

OTTAWA — “Whirlpool Corp. extended its commitment to renewable fuels Wednesday by breaking ground on a $3.3-million wind-turbine project at its Ottawa freezer assembly plant, a move the Benton Harbor, Mich.-based company said will generate more than 30 percent of the plant’s power needs. The 1.5-megawatt turbine, to be built […]

Ohio businesses call for end of renewables, efficiency freeze
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Ohio businesses call for end of renewables, efficiency freeze

COLUMBUS — “While lawmakers consider pulling the teeth from Ohio’s clean energy laws, executives across the state petitioned for more aggressive policies and touted the work their own organizations have already done. Clif Bar & Co., for instance, uses 100% green power in its bakeries and headquarters, and said it is […]

Renewable energy gets backing (again) from some major Ohio manufacturers
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Renewable energy gets backing (again) from some major Ohio manufacturers

TOLEDO — “One of the bigger political stories getting lost in the shuffle during this presidential election is the fate of Ohio’s mandates on energy efficiency and renewables. It’s huge because it could not only impact energy markets for solar power and wind power, but also the nation’s climate and […]

More wind farms would be built in Ohio if lawmakers adopt some of the policy reforms proposed by the The Nature Conservancy in Ohio and the Environmental Defense Fund instead of ending state renewable energy standards. (Lisa DeJong,The Plain Dealer)
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Energy tip to Ohio lawmakers: Renewables, efficiency not “all or nothing”

CLEVELAND — “Backing off the more draconian utility mandates that the state put into place eight years ago and instead adopting a combination of smaller efficiency and renewable energy standards would save customers money, create jobs and boost Ohio’s economy, new economic modeling claims. The Nature Conservancy and the Environmental […]

Corporate leaders urge GOP to reinstate renewable energy
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Corporate leaders urge GOP to reinstate renewable energy

COLUMBUS — “Some of the world’s largest corporations employing more than 25,000 in Ohio oppose plans by state GOP lawmakers to get rid of state standards requiring utilities to sell increasing percentages of power generated by wind, solar and other renewables. Nine corporations, including manufacturers Whirlpool and Owens Corning and […]

Lawmakers race to change Ohio’s renewable energy standards
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Lawmakers race to change Ohio’s renewable energy standards

COLUMBUS — “Time is running out for Ohio Republicans who want to change the state’s renewable energy standards, and a battle with Gov. John Kasich over what those changes might look like remains. Ohio’s renewable energy standards, dating back to 2008, require utility companies to incorporate an increasing percentage of […]