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2017 year in review
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2017 year in review

We began 2017 celebrating the reinstatement of Ohio’s modest renewable energy and energy efficiency standards after a two-year freeze, an attempt to extend the freeze and an ultimate veto of the freeze extension by Governor Kasich. Our joy and relief evaporated by March however, when House Bill 114 was introduced. […]

IEEFA Report: ‘National security’ argument for saving 2 power plants is a red herring meant to distract from an Ohio Valley Electric bailout
Ohio Utility Bailouts / Research & Reports

IEEFA Report: ‘National security’ argument for saving 2 power plants is a red herring meant to distract from an Ohio Valley Electric bailout

CLEVELAND — “The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) today published a research brief questioning a bill in the Ohio legislature that would bail out two failing coal-fired power plants owned by the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) and keep the plants alive at huge expense to ratepayers. […]

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Levelized Cost and Levelized Avoided Cost of New Generation Resources in the Annual Energy Outlook 2017
Energy / Research & Reports

Power plants’ costs and value to the grid are not easily reflected using simple metrics

WASHINGTON, DC — “Cost is one of the key factors influencing the choice of fuels and technologies used to generate electricity. Capital, maintenance, operating, and financing costs often vary significantly across technologies and fuels. In addition, regional differences in construction, fuel, transmission, and resource costs mean that location also matters. […]

Credit: Anthony Auston / Creative Commons
Research & Reports / Utilities

Report raises questions about Ohio utilities’ renewable energy credits

COLUMBUS — “Shortcomings in the way that regulators report on compliance with Ohio’s clean energy standards make it difficult to determine why utilities paid average prices that were about 70 percent more for each renewable energy credit than competitive suppliers spent in 2015. The Sierra Club lodged that complaint and […]

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Monthly Energy Review
Energy / Research & Reports

U.S. energy consumption rose lightly in 2016 despite significant decline in coal use

WASHINGTON, DC — “Primary energy consumption in the United States in 2016 totaled 97.4 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), a slight increase from the 2015 level. Consumption of coal decreased by 9%, nearly offsetting increases in the consumption of renewables, petroleum, natural gas, and nuclear fuel. Fossil fuels continue to […]

Watergrabbing: A story of water
Environmental Justice / Research & Reports

Watergrabbing: A story of water

DOHA, QATAR — “Historically the source of many conflicts, water grabbing is the control and theft of water resources by the powerful, often at the expense of local populations and ecosystems. It can result in dispossession, displacement and ecological destruction. In an age of dwindling resources and climate change, water […]

How green is Cincinnati? Here’s how its building practices compare to other US cities
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How green is Cincinnati? Here’s how its building practices compare to other US cities

CINCINNATI — “The United States saw more than 3,400 properties win LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council over the past year, which represents a surge in energy-efficient construction affecting some 1,324 cities throughout the country. The flurry of activity pushed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designations […]

The Brazos Wind Farm, also known as the Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm, near Fluvanna, Texas. (Wikimedia Commons)
Renewable Energy / Research & Reports

Clean energy is seeing explosive job growth, don’t let budget kill it

WASHINGTON, DC — “Multiple news outlets have reported that the federal budget President Donald Trump plans to submit to Congress Thursday will gut or even eliminate two principal Department of Energy research efforts fueling a renewable energy revolution in the United States. That would be an enormous mistake. Whatever else […]

Electric bills $1 billion higher: OSU analysts urge state to require traditional utilities to sell power plants
Research & Reports / Utilities

Electric bills $1 billion higher: OSU analysts urge state to require traditional utilities to sell power plants

COLUMBUS — “Ohio should require its traditional electric utilities to sell off their power plants, a team of Ohio State University analysts has concluded and is urging lawmakers to consider requiring that. ‘Our recommendation is that the state should do it [deregulation] right,’ said Noah Dormady, an energy and environmental economist […]

The connection between cleaner air and longer lives
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The connection between cleaner air and longer lives

NEW YORK CITY, NY — “Back in 1970, Los Angeles was known as the smog capital of the world — a notorious example of industrialization largely unfettered by regard for health or the environment. Heavy pollution drove up respiratory and heart problems and shortened lives. But 1970 was also the […]