Renewable Energy

Lawmakers race to change Ohio’s renewable energy standards
Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy

Lawmakers race to change Ohio’s renewable energy standards

COLUMBUS — “Time is running out for Ohio Republicans who want to change the state’s renewable energy standards, and a battle with Gov. John Kasich over what those changes might look like remains. Ohio’s renewable energy standards, dating back to 2008, require utility companies to incorporate an increasing percentage of […]

Illustration: Simon Abranowicz
Renewable Energy

Wind is the new corn for struggling farmers

NEW YORK CITY, NY — “Wind energy, the fastest-growing source of electricity in the U.S., is transforming low-income rural areas in ways not seen since the federal government gave land to homesteaders 150 years ago. As commodity prices threaten to reach decade lows and farmers struggle to meet debt payments, […]

The new offshore wind playbook: Inside the feds’ plan to spur 86 GW by 2050
Renewable Energy

The new offshore wind playbook: Inside the feds’ plan to spur 86 GW by 2050

Falling costs and proximity to load centers will make offshore wind a major resource, a new DOE/DOI report predicts WASHINGTON, DC — “It took eight years to build 30 MW of offshore wind in U.S. coastal waters but the Obama administration is now pushing federal agencies to support a build […]

CREDIT: Department of Energy
Renewable Energy / Research & Reports

Chart of the year: ‘Incredible’ price drops jumpstart clean energy revolution

WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released the 2016 update of its report, Revolution…Now: The Future Arrives for Five Clean Energy Technologies. The must-read report reveals the game-changing progress core clean energy technologies have made over the last several years — specifically, solar, wind, LED lights, batteries, and […]

Ohio Senate Hearing Room
Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy

Ohio Senate energy bill out of touch with conservatives

COLUMBUS — “Ohio Senator Bill Seitz is up to his old tricks again this week, circulating an amended version of SB 320, a dead on arrival bill (originally introduced–and jettisoned by lawmakers–last spring) that would continue to kick the can down the road on Ohio’s wildly successful clean energy standards. […]

Windmills at sunset in the Tehachapi farm, California.
Energy / Renewable Energy

Wind and solar get cheaper and better

WASHINGTON, DC — “In the cornfields of Iowa, thousands of wind turbines are spinning, supplying over 30 percent of the state’s power—the highest percentage of any US state. On especially windy days in the spring, there may be enough wind power to run the whole state. The state’s largest utility, […]

Commentary: In solar debate, something so obvious, we don’t even see it
Energy / Renewable Energy

Commentary: In solar debate, something so obvious, we don’t even see it

ST. PAUL, MN— “When consumer-owned solar started popping up on rooftops across the country, utilities were annoyed but not particularly worried. After all, so few people were using it that it was a tiny niche in the overall market and posed no real threat to their business model. And, it […]

Photo credit: The Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency
Energy / Renewable Energy

23 states to rely on geothermal, solar, or wind power as a primary source of electric generation in 2016

NASHUA, NH— “Fossil fuels are seeing their dominance decline. Petroleum fell out of favor as a source of electric generation following price spikes in 2005. In 1999, 13 states had petroleum in their top three. In 2015 it was only four. Combined, petroleum liquids and petroleum coke still made up […]

Ohio Supreme Court strikes down challenge to wind-farm approval
Renewable Energy

Ohio Supreme Court strikes down challenge to wind-farm approval

COLUMBUS— “The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a challenge of the way state officials approved a wind farm in Champaign County. In a unanimous ruling released on Wednesday, the court found that the Ohio Power Siting Board was proper in the way it approved revisions to a proposal for the […]

A Chicago coal dock in July, 1941. Coal transported on freighters through the Great Lakes fed many of the region’s power plants during the past century. Photo Credit: John Vachon / Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection [LC-USF33-016112-M4]
Coal / Renewable Energy

Great Lakes region pivots from fossil fuels

TRAVERSE CITY, MI— “Michigan’s largest electric supplier, DTE Energy, announced in June that it will retire eight coal-fired power units at three of its power plants over the next seven years. The plants generated a quarter of the utility’s electricity last year. Two months earlier, Consumers Energy, Michigan’s second largest […]