Renewable Energy

Iberdrola Renewables built these wind turbines as part of the Blue Creek Wind Farm in Van Wert, Ohio. But wind development in in the state has stalled since 2014 when lawmakers created the most restrictive turbine property setback rules in the nation. Legislation proposed last year to allow county commissioners to modify the state rules failed. Now the 2014 rules are being challenged in this year’s budget bill (Credit: Karen Schiely).
Wind Energy

Ohio wind turbine setback rule may be changed in budget bill

CLEVELAND — “Ohio’s official hostility toward wind farm development may be about to change. State Sen. Cliff Hite, a Findlay Republican whose 11-county district contains some of the best wind in Ohio, this week said that he is submitting an amendment to the Senate’s final version of state budget bill […]

Wind turbines in Van Wert (Credit: Columbus Dispatch).
Wind Energy

Lawmakers pressed to ease restrictions on wind-turbine locations

COLUMBUS — “Wind-energy advocates are pushing hard this week to get Ohio lawmakers to revise a three-year-old rule that put new restrictions on where wind turbines can be placed. The proposal is in the form of an amendment to the state budget, submitted by Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, whose district […]

A solar farm in Lagos, Portugal (Creative Commons)
Renewable Energy

‘Spectacular’ drop in renewable energy costs leads to record global boost

NEW YORK, NY — “Renewable energy capacity around the world was boosted by a record amount in 2016 and delivered at a markedly lower cost, according to new global data – although the total financial investment in renewables actually fell. The greater ‘bang-for-buck’ resulted from plummeting prices for solar and […]

Ohio Statehouse (Wikimedia Commons)
Renewable Energy / Uncategorized

State legislators still hope for compromise with Governor on clean-energy bill

COLUMBUS — “A proposal that would weaken clean-energy standards is now in the Ohio Senate, and a key lawmaker says he hopes to come up with a version of the bill that Gov. John Kasich would support. House Bill 114 received its first hearing on Wednesday before a Senate committee, […]

Turbines at the Spring Canyon Wind Farm outside Peetz, Colo. The farm is owned by Invenergy, and produces energy under contract to Xcel Energy (Credit: Ryan David Brown).
Wind Energy

Even as wind power rises, it falls under a political cloud

WASHINGTON, DC — “Wind farms, with their rapid geographic spread and technological advances, are reshaping the electric system, defying skepticism that they are steady or reliable enough to displace conventional power plants. ‘The fuel of choice right now, certainly for us, is wind,’ said Ben Fowke, the chief executive of […]

NW Ohio leaders urge legislature to undo wind-turbine restrictions
Wind Energy

NW Ohio leaders urge legislature to undo wind-turbine restrictions

COLUMBUS — “Overly restrictive rules on wind-turbine placement have put billions of dollars of investment on hold, say government leaders from northwestern Ohio, who want to see the rules changed. The local-government officials teamed up with a wind-energy trade group today to call for the Ohio General Assembly to undo the […]

Gov. John Kasich on Monday celebrated Amazon's expanding footprint in Ohio at a grand opening event for its fulfillment center in central Ohio. (Credit: Jackie Borchardt, cleveland.com)
Renewable Energy

Gov. John Kasich celebrates Amazon jobs ahead of State of the State address

ETNA TOWNSHIP — “On the eve of his annual state of the state address, Gov. John Kasich took a victory lap at an Amazon fulfillment center his administration helped locate east of Columbus. The online retailer employs 3,000 people at the 855,000-square-foot building it opened east of Columbus in September. […]

Hundreds of clean energy bills have introduced in states nationwide this year
Renewable Energy

Hundreds of clean energy bills have introduced in states nationwide this year

State-by state look at proposals dealing with renewable energy reveals bipartisan collaboration for cleaner electricity, as Republican backlash in Washington grows. WASHINGTON, DC — “Lawmakers in state legislatures across the nation have proposed hundreds of bills this year relating to clean energy. While many propose to grow alternative energy resources, […]

City of Cincinnati chooses 100% renewable energy- again!
Energy / Renewable Energy

City of Cincinnati chooses 100% renewable energy- again!

CINCINNATI-  On March 14, the City of Cincinnati announced it had chosen Dynegy to provide electric service for all city residents, as part of its electric aggregation program. Dynegy provided the lowest-cost choice in both “brown” and “green” options. Cincinnati opted for the “green” option, utilizing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) […]

Ohio House speaker predicts bill removing green energy standards will pass with veto-proof majority
Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy

Ohio House speaker predicts bill removing green energy standards will pass with veto-proof majority

COLUMBUS — “The House is likely to pass a bill weakening Ohio’s clean-energy standards next week with a veto-proof majority, Speaker Cliff Rosenberger said Wednesday. ‘I think it’s sending a clear message … that this is something that we are very intent that needs to happen as state policy,’ the […]