Renewable Energy

Ohioans deserve an end to PUCO shill game
Renewable Energy

Ohioans deserve an end to PUCO shill game

  Lawmakers created the PUCO Nominating Council for a reason, and understanding that reason helps to understand the current conflict-of-interest controversy surrounding PUCO nominee Sam Randazzo, a long-time former lobbyist and general counsel for Industrial Energy Users-Ohio. Ohio Citizen Action actively opposes Mr. Randazzo joining the Commission on the grounds […]

DeWine picks Columbus lawyer as new PUCO chairman, drawing praise and criticism
Renewable Energy

DeWine picks Columbus lawyer as new PUCO chairman, drawing praise and criticism

COLUMBUS — “Gov. Mike DeWine has picked a Columbus attorney with a long history in the state’s energy business to lead the the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. DeWine announced on Monday that Samuel Randazzo will be chairman of the five-member commission, replacing Asim Haque as chairman, who announced Monday he was stepping down March 1 to […]

Sarah Taylor, Windustrious Cleveland
Wind Energy

Wind advocate responds to Randazzo PUCO appointment

To Michael Hall, Governor DeWine’s Director of Policy. Dear Michael, It was very disturbing to read that Samuel Randazzo has now been appointed by Governor DeWine to Chair PUCO, just four days after his name had been submitted as a candidate for Commissioner for PUCO.  Samuel Randazzo’s totally inappropriate background for such […]

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio members meet in March 2018. Photo by PUCO.
Renewable Energy

Candidates for Ohio regulatory board vary widely on clean energy issues

A committee narrowed down a field of candidates for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to four finalists COLUMBUS — “Sam Randazzo has spent more than 25 years as general counsel for Industrial Energy Users-Ohio, an organization that has lobbied to scale back or eliminate clean energy standards in the state. The […]

A screenshot from a video of Samuel Randazzo speaking at a meeting organized by the Seneca Anti-Wind Union.
Renewable Energy

Samuel Randazzo: PUCO candidate is an opponent of renewable energy

COLUMBUS — “Samuel Randazzo, an attorney and lobbyist known for playing a leading role in political attacks on renewable energy and energy efficiency in Ohio, is the among the candidates vying for a seat on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). Randazzo is one of nine candidates who will be interviewed by the […]

$300 million wind project starting in Hardin, Logan counties
Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

$300 million wind project starting in Hardin, Logan counties

COLUMBUS — “Work has started on a long-awaited wind project for Hardin and Logan counties. Innogy, a German-based renewable energy company, said today that construction will start this spring on the $300-million project that will place 72 turbines in the counties. The project will be operational by the end of 2020. […]

Fate of AEP Ohio solar project hinges on question of need
AEP / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

Fate of AEP Ohio solar project hinges on question of need

Ohio regulators will rule on the need for the largest-yet solar energy project proposed in the state COLUMBUS — “Ohio regulators began hearing evidence this week to decide the fate of American Electric Power’s proposal for 400 megawatts of solar energy in Appalachian Ohio. If approved, the combined project in Highland County would […]

Credit: Kristian Buus / Creative Commons
Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

State weighs huge solar farm proposal today

COLUMBUS — “At stake is an AEP proposal to build 400 megawatts of solar power, generated across two solar panel farms, in Highland County, south of Clinton County. The utility wants to develop a total of 900 megawatts of renewable energy production in Ohio. AEP contends the project would be a […]

A clean energy revolution is rising in the midwest, with utilities in the vanguard
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

A clean energy revolution is rising in the midwest, with utilities in the vanguard

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — “Xcel Energy of Minnesota in early December said it would go to zero carbon emissionsthroughout its eight-state territory by 2050, the first major utility to do so. That followed some big steps by Consumers Energy in Michigan and NIPSCO in Indiana, which issued plans to shut down coal-fired […]

Rural Jobs: A Big Reason Midwest Should Love Clean Energy
Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Rural Jobs: A Big Reason Midwest Should Love Clean Energy

From wind power maintenance to energy efficiency upgrades, clean energy job opportunities outnumber fossil fuel work in much of the rural Midwest NEW YORK, NY — “Wind turbines have become a familiar part of the landscape in the rural Midwest, and with them have come jobs, income for farmers and […]