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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 […]

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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
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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 […]

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 […]

Senate setting focus on green energy policies
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Senate setting focus on green energy policies

COLUMBUS — “Lawmakers are lining up their priorities for policymaking once they return from their spring break. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the top leader in the Senate says he has a particular issue he expects to address when they come back. The state’s green energy standards require utilities to […]

After rising for 100 years, electricity demand is flat.
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After rising for 100 years, electricity demand is flat.

Utilities are freaking out. KNOXVILLE, TN — “The US electricity sector is in a period of unprecedented change and turmoil. Renewable energy prices are falling like crazy. Natural gas production continues its extraordinary surge. Coal, the golden child of the current administration, is headed down the tubes. In all that bedlam, it’s easy to […]

Editorial: Wind farm rule a set back to Ohio growth
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Editorial: Wind farm rule a set back to Ohio growth

LIMA — “Access to renewable energy needs to be a part of Ohio’s portfolio when it comes to job creation. There’s too much to lose if it doesn’t happen. …At issue is Ohio’s setback rule for wind turbines, which companies call too restrictive, but rural farm owners praise. It requires any […]

Q&A: Watchdog group investigates Ohio wind energy foe
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Q&A: Watchdog group investigates Ohio wind energy foe

WASHINGTON, DC — “Midwest Energy News: Why focus on Bill Seitz? Checks and Balances’ executive director Scott Peterson: Because Rep. Seitz is a powerful politician who has arguably done more to block the growth of clean energy jobs in Ohio than anyone else in the state. He’s done that as a self-styled […]

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Wind energy proposal may dictate industry’s future in Ohio

TOLEDO — “Wind energy’s future in Ohio is at a crossroads. Two much different proposals — one easing restrictions stifling new wind farms and another adding more hurdles for future development — are being pitched to state lawmakers and regulators. …Ohio ranks in the middle of the pack among all […]