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Supporters of the wind farm held the majority of the nearly 200 people in attendance at a public hearing in Cleveland on July 16.
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Icebreaker Lake Erie wind project praised, criticized at hearing before state board

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Lingering fears about the impact of a Lake Erie wind farm on birds and bats appears to be the only remaining hurdle to building the first-ever U.S. freshwater wind turbine project. …Garry George, Renewable Energy Director for the National Audubon Society, cited a climate report that found […]

Icebreaker Wind Public Hearing – July 19, 2018
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Icebreaker Wind Public Hearing – July 19, 2018

CLEVELAND — Please join Icebreaker Wind supporters and attend an important public hearing at Cleveland City Hall Council Chambers, 601 Lakeside Avenue at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19. Last week, the Ohio Power Siting Board staff gave Icebreaker – the first fresh water offshore windfarm in North America – tentative, conditional approval.  After exhaustive review that took nearly 18 […]

Renewables: What’s the future for the Midwest in a post-mandate world?
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Renewables: What’s the future for the Midwest in a post-mandate world?

WASHINGTON, DC — “An energy policy wave swept across the Midwest a decade ago as seven states adopted laws from 2006 to 2009 requiring utilities to add increasing amounts of wind and solar energy. The aim of the clean energy mandates was clear — to slash greenhouse gases and other […]

Ohio bill would relax wind setbacks — and clean energy standards
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Ohio bill would relax wind setbacks — and clean energy standards

COLUMBUS — “Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would relax the state’s strict wind turbine setbacks rules but again weaken renewable and energy efficiency standards. The Ohio Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled Wednesday to discuss House Bill 114, which threatens to roll back the state’s on-again, off-again […]

Editorial: Ohio needs a certain commitment to clean energy
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Editorial: Ohio needs a certain commitment to clean energy

AKRON — “Preferably, that would mean something equivalent to the standards in place, or at least close. It matters less about the precise deadline or percentage than setting a mark that spurs investment, leading to economic activity and jobs. That, essentially, is the message of a recent letter to legislative leaders […]

Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science supports Windbreaker project
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Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science supports Windbreaker project

“The wind blowing across the Great Lakes of North America is an as-yet unused source of clean renewable energy. In Cleveland, Ohio it is great to see that a citizen initiative is transforming this potential into a growing reality. The Icebreaker Project has an excellent chance of being the first […]

Ohio lawmakers fine-tune renewable energy mandates
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Ohio lawmakers fine-tune renewable energy mandates

COLUMBUS — “Ohio utilities would still have to find more of their power from renewable sources like solar and wind but not as much as required by current law under a bill that could soon see a Senate vote. A revised version of House Bill 114 rolled out last week […]

Wind turbines in Germany. Photo by the Danish Wind Industry Association / Creative Commons
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Wind turbine setback reform gets mixed reaction, potentially pitting wind against clean energy advocates

CLEVELAND — “…other clean energy groups are not so sure they can support the Senate’s redraft because, while it does not eliminate the state’s renewable and efficiency mandates, it does water them down significantly. Neil Waggoner, spokesman for the Ohio chapter of the Sierra Club, said the bill as written poses […]

Ohio wind-farm rules eased in proposed state Senate bill, but mandates reduced
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Ohio wind-farm rules eased in proposed state Senate bill, but mandates reduced

CLEVELAND — “There soon may be more wind farms in Ohio. The Ohio Senate’s GOP leadership is making an effort to encourage wind-farm development in the state by eliminating restrictive rules that previous GOP leadership slipped into a budget bill four years ago. The 2014 changes lengthened the distance a wind […]

Cloudy with a Chance of Soot
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Cloudy with a Chance of Soot

CLEVELAND — “[Stephen Gabor of Ohio Citizen Action] says the argument of needing to cut regulations to create jobs doesn’t hold water. ‘This whole thing about environmental responsibility vs jobs is really an outdated argument at this point. The renewable energy industry is actually one of the most fruitful places and fertile […]