Renewable Energy

This is a rendering of what the turbine will look like at the Ottawa plant once completed, but the actual location of the turbine could change. Credit: Whirlpool Corp.
Renewable Energy

Whirlpool’s wind-turbine project starts

OTTAWA — “Whirlpool Corp. extended its commitment to renewable fuels Wednesday by breaking ground on a $3.3-million wind-turbine project at its Ottawa freezer assembly plant, a move the Benton Harbor, Mich.-based company said will generate more than 30 percent of the plant’s power needs. The 1.5-megawatt turbine, to be built […]

Ohio businesses call for end of renewables, efficiency freeze
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Ohio businesses call for end of renewables, efficiency freeze

COLUMBUS — “While lawmakers consider pulling the teeth from Ohio’s clean energy laws, executives across the state petitioned for more aggressive policies and touted the work their own organizations have already done. Clif Bar & Co., for instance, uses 100% green power in its bakeries and headquarters, and said it is […]

Renewable energy gets backing (again) from some major Ohio manufacturers
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Renewable energy gets backing (again) from some major Ohio manufacturers

TOLEDO — “One of the bigger political stories getting lost in the shuffle during this presidential election is the fate of Ohio’s mandates on energy efficiency and renewables. It’s huge because it could not only impact energy markets for solar power and wind power, but also the nation’s climate and […]

More wind farms would be built in Ohio if lawmakers adopt some of the policy reforms proposed by the The Nature Conservancy in Ohio and the Environmental Defense Fund instead of ending state renewable energy standards. (Lisa DeJong,The Plain Dealer)
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Energy tip to Ohio lawmakers: Renewables, efficiency not “all or nothing”

CLEVELAND — “Backing off the more draconian utility mandates that the state put into place eight years ago and instead adopting a combination of smaller efficiency and renewable energy standards would save customers money, create jobs and boost Ohio’s economy, new economic modeling claims. The Nature Conservancy and the Environmental […]

Owens Corning a year ago built this 2.4-megawatt solar canopy over the parking deck at its Toledo corporate headquarters. The company is one of nine big corporations urging Ohio lawmakers to re-establish laws requiring power companies to provide annually increasing amounts of green power to customers. Lawmakers "froze" the mandates two years ago and now appear to be poised to scrap them altogether. Gov. Kasich has threatened to veto legislation doing away with rules. (Owens Corning)
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Corporate leaders urge GOP to reinstate renewable energy

COLUMBUS — “Some of the world’s largest corporations employing more than 25,000 in Ohio oppose plans by state GOP lawmakers to get rid of state standards requiring utilities to sell increasing percentages of power generated by wind, solar and other renewables. Nine corporations, including manufacturers Whirlpool and Owens Corning and […]

Lawmakers race to change Ohio’s renewable energy standards
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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
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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
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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
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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 […]

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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. […]