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Windmills at sunset in the Tehachapi farm, California.
Energy / Renewable Energy

Wind and solar get cheaper and better

WASHINGTON, DC — “In the cornfields of Iowa, thousands of wind turbines are spinning, supplying over 30 percent of the state’s power—the highest percentage of any US state. On especially windy days in the spring, there may be enough wind power to run the whole state. The state’s largest utility, […]

Most states on track to meet emissions targets they call burden
Clean Power Plan / Energy

Most states on track to meet emissions targets they call burden

WASHINGTON, DC — “The 27 states challenging Obama’s Clean Power Plan in court say the lower emissions levels it would impose are an undue burden. But most are likely to hit them anyway. …The projection for the nation as a whole would be nearly two-thirds of the CPP’s target by […]

More gas turbines like the two Siemens state-of-the art gas turbines that will be installed in the Lordstown Energy Center are good for the state, finds a new report by the Ohio Business Roundtable. But more wind and solar? Not so good, the report argues. (Martin Adam www.siemens.com/press)
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio Business Roundtable champions shale gas, likes wind and solar but not rules on green power

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Business Roundtable is calling for a comprehensive reworking of the state’s energy policies in order to accelerate shale gas development and end the current political deadlock over renewable power such as wind and solar. Eighteen months in the making, the Roundtable’s proposals are contained in a […]

Other states balk at hiking utility fixed fee
Energy / Research & Reports

Other states balk at hiking utility fixed fee

MILWAUKEE, WI — “As Alliant Energy Corp. seeks to more than double its fixed customer charge on monthly electric bills over the next two years, a review of rate cases around the country finds that regulators in other states are taking a dimmer view of these proposals than Wisconsin. Critics […]

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2015, file photo, Kristin Cook, right, of Potomac, Md., joins a rally outside the White House in Washington, in support of the climate talks in Paris.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
Energy / Research & Reports

Poll: Americans favor slightly higher bills to fight warming

WASHINGTON, DC — “Most Americans are willing to pay a little more each month to fight global warming — but only a tiny bit, according to a new poll. Still, environmental policy experts hail that as a hopeful sign. Seventy-one percent want the federal government to do something about global […]

AEP reaches agreement to sell four power plants
AEP / Coal

AEP reaches agreement to sell four power plants

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power has signed an agreement to sell four power plants, three of which are in Ohio, to a joint venture of private-equity firms. Columbus-based AEP announced the $2.17 billion deal this morning. The buyers are Blackstone and Arclight Capital Partners. The plants involved are: James M. […]

The Davis Besse nuclear plant is among those covered by a proposed FirstEnergy settlement. 
Photo by Marc Haserodt / Creative Commons
AEP / Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Report: ‘Around market’ moves by Ohio utilities are part of larger trend

COLUMBUS — “Efforts by Ohio utilities to guarantee income for affiliated coal and nuclear operations are part of a broader trend, according to a new report by legal analysts. Starting in 2014, FirstEnergy, American Electric Power (AEP) and other companies sought to impose added fees on all customers of their […]

Photo credit: Kay Colby / ideastream
Research & Reports

Exploring links between trees and air quality

CLEVELAND — “Using computer mapping and mathematical modeling, U.S. Forest Service scientist David Nowak, PhD, helped develop a tool that quantified the role ‘trees’ played in cleaning the air in 2010. Nowak says, ‘Overall forests in the U.S. removed 17 million tons of pollution. Pollutants go to the interior of […]

Parent company FirstEnergy says all Davis-Besse’s safety systems worked efficiently. Photo credit: The Blade
Energy / FirstEnergy

Davis-Besse to stay idle a few days due to leak

OAK HARBOR — “FirstEnergy Corp. said Monday it expects its Davis-Besse nuclear plant to remain idle for at least a few more days as the utility tries to figure out how rainwater entered the plant’s turbine building during a heavy storm early Saturday. Without going into specifics, the company also […]

Gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland signs Ohio Citizen Action support statement to end the freeze on Ohio's clean energy standards.
Freeze on Clean Energy / Ohio Citizen Action

Canvassing can turn up some unexpected surprises

CINCINNATI — Mark Anliker and I were canvassing in the Columbia Tusculum neighborhood  on Friday, September 9 and were invited to a fundraiser for Ted Strickland.  When we returned to the fundraiser, we were welcomed by the Governor.  He enthusiastically signed our statement of support in favor of ending the […]