Renewable Energy

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Environmental Justice / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

They grew up around fossil fuels. Now, their jobs are in renewables.

CLAWSON, UTAH — “Levi Kudrna was barely into his teens when the North Dakota oil boom started. He grew up in a farming family and loved that life. What oil did to his state, his community, the local way of life, troubled him. He recognizes that the money has been […]

GRAFTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 4: Employees from a Radian Generation's operations and maintenance team change out a faulty solar inverter along a row of solar panels December 4, 2017 at the family-owned Knowlton Farm in Grafton, Massachusetts. The 3.7 megawatt solar array is owned and operated by BlueWave Solar which feeds the generated electricity to homes and small businesses in nearby municipalities. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)
Coal / Renewable Energy / Research & Reports / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

New wind and solar power is cheaper than existing coal in much of the U.S., analysis finds

“Not a single coal-fired power plant along the Ohio River will be able to compete on price with new wind and solar power by 2025, according to a new report by energy analysts. The same is true for every coal plant in a swath of the South that includes the […]

Plunging prices mean building new renewable energy is cheaper than running existing coal
Coal / Renewable Energy

Plunging prices mean building new renewable energy is cheaper than running existing coal

LONDON, ENGLAND — “A new report reveals 42% of global coal capacity is currently unprofitable, and the United States could save $78 billion by closing coal-fired power plants in line with the Paris Climate Accord’s climate goals.  This industry-disrupting trend comes down to dollars and cents, as the cost of renewable energy […]

West facade of the Ohio Statehouse. Credit: Wikipedia
Energy / Renewable Energy

Utilities, fossil fuel could win big from Ohio bill to reduce regulations

Senate Bill 1 would require state agencies to cut 30 percent of regulations within three years, or eliminate two for every new one implemented COLUMBUS — “A broad proposal in Ohio to slash state regulations by 30 percent across the board could further tilt the playing field against renewable energy […]

Third annual Ohio Solar Congress
Solar Energy

Third annual Ohio Solar Congress

ATHENS — Solar advocates from across the state came together at the 2019 United Solar Neighbors’ Solar Congress on March 9 in Athens, OH to discuss their progress last year and new projects for the future. Rachael Belz, Ohio Citizen Action Executive Director, was a panel member of the final […]

Huge proposed solar array at stake in PUCO case
AEP / Energy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Utilities

Huge proposed solar array at stake in PUCO case

  DAYTON — “If approved, the Highland solar farm would be the biggest such facility in Ohio. ‘Renewable energy is a good thing,’ said the consumers’ counsel’s brief filed Wednesday. ‘But AEP’s proposal to re-monopolize power plants in Ohio is an illegal thing. Under Ohio’s deregulation law, an AEP proposal […]

Credit: Midwest Energy News
Energy / Renewable Energy

100% renewable energy needs lots of storage. This Polar Vortex test showed how much.

Energy analysts used power demand data from the Midwest’s January deep freeze and wind and solar conditions to find the gaps in an all-renewable power grid. EDINBURGH, UK— “In the depths of the deep freeze late last month, nearly every power plant in the Eastern and Central U.S. that could run […]

Timber Road II wind project in western Ohio. 
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AEP / Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

AEP to spend $1B for stakes in seven wind farms

COLUMBUS — “AEP Corp. is forging ahead with plans to grow its renewable energy business. The Columbus-based utility announced after markets closed Tuesday that its competitive renewable energy subsidiary has signed an agreement to acquire Sempra Renewables LLC, which controls stakes in seven wind farms and 724 megawatts of wind power, […]

Members of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio meet in March 2018. photo: PUCO
Energy / Renewable Energy

Ohio clean energy groups will seek recusals from PUCO nominee

Industry group lobbyist Sam Randazzo has represented several groups before the regulatory board COLUMBUS — “Randazzo himself raised the question of recusals when he opposed Democrat Howard Petricoff for a seat on the PUCO in 2016. Petricoff had represented wind industry clients, as well as some companies that favor a shift to […]

AEP Ohio Weighs in on Pick for PUCO Chairman
AEP / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

AEP Ohio Weighs in on Pick for PUCO Chairman

COLUMBUS — “Sam Randazzo’s appointment to chair the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio sent up red flags to supporters of AEP’s 400 megawatt solar farm. Randazzo’s former group, Industrial Energy Users-Ohio, is against the proposal. AEP Ohio Vice President Marc Reitter said Randazzo is smart and experienced, and Reitter hopes he gives their proposal a fair shot. ‘He’ll […]