Renewable Energy

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Renewable Energy / Utilities

Analysis: Ratepayer’s foot the bill for utilities’ push against rooftop solar

ST. PAUL, MN — “A recent story in the New York Times raised new attention to the role of the Edison Electric Institute in pushing policies hostile to distributed solar. Not mentioned in that article, however, is that ratepayers are a significant source of funding for this industry trade association. Utilities pay dues […]

Large solar farms proposed in three Ohio counties
Renewable Energy

Large solar farms proposed in three Ohio counties

COLUMBUS — “A couple of large wind farms have cropped up in Ohio over the past couple of years, but the state still hasn’t seen a big development with solar power. That could change very soon with not one but three big solar farms in the works. The three plans, […]

Wind farm in Goldendale, Washington (Credit: Walter Siegmund).
Renewable Energy

‘Bring on more renewables,’ US regulator says as grid study looms

WASHINGTON, DC — “Wind and solar power does not make the U.S. electricity grid less stable, an outgoing federal regulator said on Tuesday, as the Trump administration readies a study that will examine whether renewable energy has had a harmful effect. Colette Honorable, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory […]

Fix the setback to end a setback: editorial
Wind Energy

Fix the setback to end a setback: editorial

AKRON — “Three years ago, Ohio erected a roadblock to the development of wind power in the state. It all but halted new investment. Now the pieces have aligned at the Statehouse to make the needed correction. The Republican majority in the Senate has included a remedy in its version […]

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AEP / Renewable Energy

AEP renewable energy charge getting scrutiny

COLUMBUS — “Your bill from American Electric Power is the sum of many parts, including a charge for renewable-energy programs. That charge has doubled at the same time that the overall bill has decreased. Called the Alternative Energy Rider, the charge is about $2 for a typical household this month. […]

The Ohio legislature should get rid of damaging wind setback: editorial
Wind Energy

The Ohio legislature should get rid of damaging wind setback: editorial

CLEVELAND — “The state Senate is moving to undo a bad mistake the General Assembly made in 2014, a job-killing mistake that’s been strangling wind-energy investments in Ohio. In 2014, Senate Republicans tucked into an 822-page mid-biennium budget review (HB 483) a rider that more than doubled the distance a wind […]

The Ohio Statehouse (Credit: Tlarrow/Creative Commons)
Utilities / Wind Energy

Ohio budget amendments: another utility ‘bailout’ and a rollback of wind setbacks

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s budget bill reported out of the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday comes with an amendment that would expressly authorize extra charges to ratepayers to support utilities’ financial health. Meanwhile, another amendment would relax the tripled wind turbine setbacks that were included at the last minute in a 2014 […]

IEEFA Update: The U.S. energy narrative is shifting
Renewable Energy

IEEFA Update: The U.S. energy narrative is shifting

Markets are changing; The media is catching up; Renewables account for 20% of total generation in latest data snapshot CLEVELAND — “What feels sometimes like a reluctant transformation is taking hold in the emergence of a ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ media narrative on the rise of renewable energy. This awakening […]

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 […]