Renewable Energy

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) vetoed legislation last year to halt the state's renewable portfolio standard. State lawmakers are trying to stop it again (Credit: Marc Nozell/Flickr).
Renewable Energy

War over Ohio clean energy standards heats up — again

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio General Assembly is tussling yet again over the Buckeye State’s clean energy standards. Industrial groups, fossil fuel interests and conservative groups are leading a push for the Legislature to relax Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards. They maintain the current requirements are costly, market-distorting mandates. But […]

A wind farm near Lake Benton, Minn. Photo: Nic McPhee/Flickr
Coal / Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Carbon rule or not, wind energy continues to squeeze coal

WASHINGTON, DC — “In nearly every instance, utility decisions to invest in new wind farms are driven by low costs and the ability to add generation and hedge fuel costs without raising customer bills. Take Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Inc. The company already operates 4 GW of wind energy and will increase […]

Installing a solar panel on the roof of a house in Lewisburg, W.Va. Credit George Etheredge for The New York Times
Coal / Energy / Renewable Energy

What’s up in Coal Country: Alternative-energy jobs

Miners may have just the skills for scaling wind towers and putting solar panels on roofs. And that’s no small thing in Wyoming and West Virginia NEW YORK, NY — “From the mountain hollows of Appalachia to the vast open plains of Wyoming, the coal industry long offered the promise […]

Fixing Ohio’s overly strict wind setback law: editorial
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Fixing Ohio’s overly strict wind setback law: editorial

CLEVELAND — “Ohio wrongly straitjackets wind energy development — reducing jobs and investment — because of an ill-considered and overly restrictive setback requirement slipped into Ohio law a few years back. Fortunately, lawmakers have a chance to fix that. A Republican state legislator from Northwest Ohio, Sen. Cliff Hite of Findlay, has […]

Wind turbines in Blue Creek Township, Ohio Credit: Wikimedia Commons).
Wind Energy

Ohio bills would ease restrictive setbacks for new wind farms

COLUMBUS — “Two bills in the Ohio Senate aim to ease restrictions in a 2014 law that have effectively blocked the development of new commercial wind farms in the state. That 2014 budget bill amendment tripled the previous property line setbacks for wind turbines and has stymied all but a […]

Wind turbines in Van Wert (Credit: Columbus Dispatch).
Wind Energy

Wind farms in Ohio pit environmentalists against some neighbors tired of noise, view

PAYNE — “From the ground, the narrow aluminum ladder might as well extend to infinity. Actual height: 290 feet. A Dispatch videographer straps on a protective harness, hard hat and safety glasses, joined by two employees of the farm’s operator, EDP Renewables. They are about to climb inside one of […]

Clean Energy Is approaching a tipping point
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Clean Energy Is approaching a tipping point

LONDON, ENGLAND — “The cost of renewables is plunging faster than forecasters anticipated just a few years ago as as technologies like gigantic wind turbines arrive on the market. That’s the conclusion of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, whose founder Michael Liebreich estimated that clean energy will reap 86 percent of […]

Ohio and Michigan leading the way in clean energy jobs
Renewable Energy

Ohio and Michigan leading the way in clean energy jobs

TOLEDO — “The number of American workers holding clean energy jobs will soon pass 600,000, and Ohio and Michigan are home to a large portion of the workforce, according to a report released Thursday. The 2017 Clean Jobs Midwest report was compiled by Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs, a […]

Photo by: Erik Droust / Creative Commons
Great Lakes / Lake Erie / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Draft environmental report for Lake Erie offshore wind project is promising

CLEVELAND — “A draft Department of Energy report shows mainly minor or negligible short-term impacts from a plan to construct and operate six wind turbines approximately eight miles offshore of Cleveland. …Once built, Project Icebreaker should produce about 20.7 megawatts of electricity, which is enough for about 7,000 homes. Electricity from the line of six […]

The Aufdenkamp family lives in Akron, which is listed as an area with high risk to particle pollution.
Air Quality / Renewable Energy

This region of Ohio ranks among the worst in country for risk of breathing problems

AKRON — “State lawmakers are gearing up for another round in the fight over renewable energy mandates. While opponents say they’re a financial burden, supporters say they help cut down on air pollution, which then improves respiratory health. There’s a part of Ohio where the risk for experiencing breathing problems […]