Renewable Energy

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.
Renewable Energy

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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Renewable Energy

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.  
Credit: Department of Energy
Renewable Energy

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
Renewable Energy

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
Renewable Energy

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
Renewable Energy

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.  […]

Kasich breaks with GOP, keeps renewable energy standards
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Kasich breaks with GOP, keeps renewable energy standards

COLUMBUS — “In a victory for clean energy advocates, Gov. John Kasich Tuesday again broke with fellow Ohio Republicans, vetoing their attempt to put a halt to the state’s requirements that utility companies get more and more energy from renewable sources. Kasich had already vetoed Republican lawmakers’ attempt to limit […]

Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoes renewable energy freeze
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoes renewable energy freeze

COLUMBUS — “Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have allowed investor-owned utilities to avoid making renewable energy investments for another two years. The bill would have effectively extended a freeze on renewable-energy standards for the past two years by making them voluntary for 2017 and 2018. If […]

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Renewable Energy

Kasich vetoes bill to weaken clean energy mandate

COLUMBUS — “Gov. John Kasich (R) bucked Ohio’s GOP state legislature Tuesday by vetoing a bill that would have weakened the state’s clean energy requirements for power companies. Kasich, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination this year, rejected the bill that sought to make clean-energy purchase mandates that have […]