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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
Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

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 […]

Tech firms like Google, Amazon push power companies toward solar and wind, a blow to coal
Energy / Renewable Energy

Tech firms like Google, Amazon push power companies toward solar and wind, a blow to coal

SAN FRANCISCO, CA  — “Every time you save a photo to the cloud, buy something on Amazon, open a Google doc or stream a movie, you’re probably pulling electricity from a wind turbine in Texas or a solar farm in Virginia. In fact, your clicks and taps may have helped build them. […]

Powerful lobbyist steered Seitz effort to block Ohio wind power jobs
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Powerful lobbyist steered Seitz effort to block Ohio wind power jobs

COLUMBUS — “Newly-uncovered emails show the strong sway a lobbyist for large industrial users of coal power has had on Ohio wind-energy foe Rep. Bill Seitz’s efforts to keep the state’s strict property line setbacks in place. Insights from the 2017 emails are especially timely as a coalition of business, environmental […]

Ohio has greatest wind power potential, but falling behind neighboring states
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Ohio has greatest wind power potential, but falling behind neighboring states

Even West Virginia, the capital of “coal country”, has more installed wind capacity than Ohio Ohio wind energy development has stalled since 2014 when a last-minute amendment slipped into that year’s budget bill increased the required distance between a turbine and a building or property line. No new wind turbines […]