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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 […]

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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 […]

The surprising ground zero for electricity market fights
Energy / Research & Reports

The surprising ground zero for electricity market fights

THE WOODLANDS, TX — “Look to the East and you’ll see a major initiative to transform New York’s electric grid into a cleaner, more efficient system. Look to the West and you’ll find ambitious clean energy legislation in California. Yet utility executives and federal regulators recently gathered in the Midwest […]

Fine particles — toxic specks that research has linked to a variety of ills, including shorter lifespans — aren’t evenly concentrated across the country. Vanderburgh in southwest Indiana has higher levels than nearly 90 percent of U.S. counties with air-monitoring data for 2013 to 2015, according to average annual figures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Most of the country, colored in gray in the map above, does not have monitoring data for particles. But efforts to estimate particles for all counties using satellite data have shown similar trends for southwest Indiana.
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Clean Power Plan / Research & Reports

Americas super polluters

EVANSVILLE, IN — “To see one of the country’s largest coal-fired power plants, head northwest from this Ohio River city. Or east, because there’s another in the region. In fact, nearly every direction you go will take you to a coal plant — seven within 30 miles. Collectively they pump […]

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Renewable Energy / Research & Reports

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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Clean Power Plan / Research & Reports

Is your governor or attorney general a climate denier? This map will tell you.

WASHINGTON, DC — “After sweating through the second straight year that earned the title of hottest year on record, new research from the Center for American Progress Action Fund finds that 24 governors and attorneys general publicly deny the reality of climate change. It also gives a comprehensive summary of […]