Renewable Energy

A solar array at Sycamore Township Fire Department's facilities in Cincinnati. (Credit: Tom Knox)
Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy

Ohio’s renewable energy mandates would become goals under latest Statehouse proposal

COLUMBUS — “Ohio Republicans have introduced a bill to gut the state’s renewable energy standards. The changes would strip the 2008 law that enacted the standards of much of its muscle. House Bill 114 follows through on a promise made last month by Rep. Bill Seitz to scrap the requirements […]

Solar jobs up, coal jobs down in Ohio, West Virginia
Energy / Renewable Energy

Solar jobs up, coal jobs down in Ohio, West Virginia

WHEELING, WV — “West Virginia lost 7,296 coal mining jobs from 2012 to 2015, the same period during which the number working in the solar power industry across the U.S. nearly doubled. As West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania continue losing coal jobs, the number of solar power workers jumped by […]

Will Ohio backtrack on its green energy advances? (Opinion)
Renewable Energy

Will Ohio backtrack on its green energy advances? (Opinion)

DAYTON — “On Tuesday this newspaper quoted a Harvard psychologist saying that climate change requires massive infrastructure change ‘including nuclear power.’ Wednesday we read that a group of citizens filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to prevent closure of two Ohio coal plants. Neither of these positions reflects […]

Ohio State Representative Bill Seitz (Credit: James D. Decamp)
Renewable Energy

Bill coming soon to make Ohio’s renewable energy standards voluntary, customers can opt-out

COLUMBUS — “Gov. John Kasich vetoed a bill late last year that would have made Ohio renewable energy standards voluntary for two years. Bill Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican who is among the most vocal opponents of the renewable energy standards, vowed to come back with a vengeance– and now he’s […]

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Turbines belonging to the Blue Creek wind farm in northwest Ohio. (Peter Krouse, cleveland.com)
Energy / Renewable Energy

Wind now largest renewable energy source in United States, advocates say

CLEVELAND — “Wind power recently surpassed hydroelectric power as the number one form of renewable energy in the United States, the American Wind Energy Association announced Thursday in a news release. The country now has more than 82,000 megawatts of wind-generated capacity, or enough to power 24 million homes annually, the association […]

The ‘new normal’ in America: Renewables boom, emissions plunge and consumers save more than ever
Renewable Energy

The ‘new normal’ in America: Renewables boom, emissions plunge and consumers save more than ever

BOSTON, MA — “After decades of technology development, business model innovation and policy progress, the U.S. economy is now decisively growing — independent of energy consumption and carbon emissions. Since 2007, U.S. GDP has grown by 12 percent, while energy consumption has fallen by 3.6 percent, according to the new […]

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Renewable Energy

New US president may be forced to concede solar and wind’s huge potential for job creation and self sufficiency

WASHINGTON, DC — “What impact will the climate-sceptic, coal enthusiast President Trump have on the prospects for renewable energy? How will Brexit affect the UK’s renewable sector? And what’s driving the growth of clean energy in Asia? These were key questions for participants at a Guardian roundtable on the future […]

Dong Energy, a Danish company, is installing 32 turbines that stretch 600 feet high off the coast of Britain. Credit: Andy Teebay
Wind Energy

Offshore wind moves into energy’s mainstream

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND — “When engineers faced resistance from residents in Denmark over plans to build wind turbines on the Nordic country’s flat farmland, they found a better locale: the sea. The offshore wind farm, the world’s first, had just 11 turbines and could power about 3,000 homes. That project now […]

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Renewable Energy

Renewable energy mandates: How does Ohio compare with other states?

CLEVELAND — “Should Ohio continue to force utilities to obtain a percentage of their energy from renewable sources, such as the wind or the sun? If so, how much renewable energy should they be required to use?And when should they have to meet those standards? Those are questions that the […]

As Trump threatens environmental protections, these three Republican governors invest in clean energy
Renewable Energy

As Trump threatens environmental protections, these three Republican governors invest in clean energy

JERSEY CITY, NJ — “Earlier this month, the U.S. inaugurated a new president who has vowed to abandon the landmark Paris climate agreement and roll back bedrock American environmental protections. But turn to the states and you’ll find a different story, even in the red states that elected President Trump. […]