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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 […]

An analysis of Ohio consumer electric bills since 2009 by Ohio State University economists has found that consumers are paying higher electric bills today than they did before de-regulation. The study follows an earlier OSU-Cleveland State University study found that the auction-based standard service offer and the ability of consumers to switch to independent competitive suppliers saved on the price of power itself. But state regulators, following a change in the law in 2008, have allowed electric utilities to jack up delivery rates by adding special rate "riders," the new study has determined. (Ohio State University)
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 […]

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Research & Reports

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 […]

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Energy / Research & Reports

This interactive map shows why natural gas and renewables are taking over the US

WASHINGTON, DC — “This one’s for the energy nerds out there. The University of Texas Austin’s Energy Institute has put out an incredibly useful interactive map showing what types of power plants are cheapest to build in every county in the continental United States. (No, really, it’s fascinating.) Playing around […]

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Energy / Research & Reports

Energy storage shaping up as tipping point for utilities

Annual Energy Storage Power Capacity Additions by Segment, All Technologies, North America: 2016-2025 WASHINGTON, DC — “Storage has long been relegated a trend to watch in the next 10 years – but not a trend of today. Until recently, it was considered too immature (in terms of technology) and too […]

West facade of the Ohio Statehouse. Credit: Wikipedia
Research & Reports

Report: State support of clean energy could add jobs, cut consumer costs

COLUMBUS — “Ohio would gain thousands of jobs and consumers would save millions of dollars on utility bills if the state increases its support for clean-energy policies, according to a new forecast from environmental groups. The report, from the Nature Conservancy and the Environmental Defense Fund, was issued Monday as […]

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Research & Reports / Water Quality

Toxic legacy: ‘Teflon’ chemical sticks around in water supplies

WHEELING, WV — “For more than half a century along the Ohio River, the chemical company DuPont provided jobs for thousands of people. One chemical they produced is PFOA, commonly known as C8. It was a remarkably useful compound, used in ‘Teflon’ non-stick cookware, stain-resistant fabrics, and even in some […]

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Energy / Research & Reports

Report: Ohio residential electrical users paying more for less

COLUMBUS — “Power bills for Ohio homeowners last year increased 6.6 percent from 2010, with residential customers paying more even as they used less power. Monthly residential electric bills for Ohioans averaged $112.25 last year, up from $105.33 in 2010, according to new federal data. The average monthly bill nationally […]

Poll finds deep split on climate change
Climate Change / Research & Reports

Poll finds deep split on climate change

Party allegiance is a big factor NEW YORK CITY, NY — “Americans are deeply divided on the causes, cures and urgency of climate change, and party identification is one of the strongest predictors of individual views, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center. Just over a third […]