Wind Energy

This Ohio Power Siting Board map shows all existing and proposed wind projects in the state. Turbine setback laws passed in 2014 have stifled development in recent years, and the climate for wind energy could worsen if the Legislature adopts a bill to eliminate the renewable energy standard. Source: Ohio Power Siting Board
Ohio Utility Bailouts / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Strangled Ohio wind industry: ‘We don’t want to give up’

COLUMBUS — “For the past five years, wind developers in Ohio have faced what they describe as among the most restrictive turbine-siting rules anywhere in the United States. More challenges may be mounting. Ohio lawmakers are now considering a controversial energy bill, H.B. 6, that would eliminate or weaken the […]

A screenshot from a video of Samuel Randazzo speaking at a meeting organized by the Seneca Anti-Wind Union.
Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio wind setback lawsuit spurred bill to block similar legal challenges

Emails show the legislation originated from correspondence between two of Ohio’s most prominent wind energy critics. COLUMBUS — “The bill’s primary sponsor, freshman Rep. Brett Hillyer, R-New Philadelphia, denied a connection between his legislation and the wind setback lawsuit, but emails indicate the bill stemmed from correspondence between two of Ohio’s […]

Changes expected before nuclear subsidy bill gets mid-May House vote
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Ohio's Clean Energy Future / Wind Energy

Changes expected before nuclear subsidy bill gets mid-May House vote

“Fischer said he wants to tell potential central Ohio businesses that the state is reinforcing renewable energy, but said that doing away with the state’s renewable and energy efficiency standards would be a negative. Fischer added that nuclear is generally not part of the discussion when talking to potential companies […]

Ohio nuclear subsidy bill designed to undermine wind and solar, experts say
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio nuclear subsidy bill designed to undermine wind and solar, experts say

“Language buried deep in the 27-page bill also makes it difficult, if not impossible, for a solar or wind developer trying to finance a new project to rely on funding from the Clean Air Fund that HB 6 would create. Wind and solar companies seeking a grant from the new […]

Invenergy's Grand Ridge project in Illinois is one of a small number of hybrid power projects to combine wind and solar energy in one site. A larger one with more solar is planned for Ohio. Credit: Invenergy
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Wind, solar skeptical of Ohio ‘clean energy’ bill

  COLUMBUS — “Supporters also argue it would postpone the permanent decommissioning of the nuclear plants that are responsible for 90 percent of Ohio’s zero-emissions power. They’ve been unable to compete economically with cheaper and abundant natural gas, and FirstEnergy Solutions is currently in bankruptcy proceedings. But to participate in […]

"At Van Wert County’s Lincolnview Local Schools, turbines have generated $2 million since 2014, and — at a pace of $400,000 a year — are expected to bring $8 million in funding over 20 years. It has helped pay for new technology, a boiler, more parking, and a new roof."
Ohio's Clean Energy Future / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Wind farms a cash cow for communities, but not everyone’s sold

VAN WERT, OH — “During an all-day tour last week of various sites in Van Wert and Paulding counties, several officials told The Blade their communities are doing just fine, even prospering beyond expectations, because of wind power. ‘Thanks for listening to our story,’ Paulding County Commission Chairman Roy Klopfenstein, said. […]

FirstEnergy seeks bailout for 60-year-old Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant. Money going to nuclear could take a large cut from investment in wind and solar.
Energy / FirstEnergy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio’s FirstEnergy nuclear bailout bill could undermine funding for renewables and efficiency

“Ohio’s plan stands in stark contrast to the nuclear incentive programs that have been rolled out in states including Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Illinois. While these states have largely built their nuclear support programs on the foundation of existing state clean energy and carbon reduction policies, Ohio’s plan would actually undermine existing payment structures […]

Invenergy's Grand Ridge project in Illinois is one of a small number of hybrid power projects to combine wind and solar energy in one site. A larger one with more solar is planned for Ohio. Credit: Invenergy
Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Nuclear power excluded from EU’s green investment label

“The European Parliament voted on a proposed classification for sustainable assets on Thursday (28 March), voting to exclude nuclear power from receiving a green stamp of approval on financial markets. The text voted in Parliament also excludes fossil fuels and gas infrastructure from the EU’s proposed green finance taxonomy, which aims to divert […]

Ohioans’ renewable energy future just took another step backward
Energy / Featured Story / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Ohioans’ renewable energy future just took another step backward

COLUMBUS — “If you’re a supporter of clean and renewable energy, you know our state legislators often work against new forms of energy. And, today’s news of the Ohio Senate’s confirmation of Sam Randazzo as the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) was yet another example. With […]

Photograph by Brandon Thibodeaux
Environmental Justice / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

They grew up around fossil fuels. Now, their jobs are in renewables.

CLAWSON, UTAH — “Levi Kudrna was barely into his teens when the North Dakota oil boom started. He grew up in a farming family and loved that life. What oil did to his state, his community, the local way of life, troubled him. He recognizes that the money has been […]