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A drilling rig in Columbiana County
Hydraulic Fracturing

Local governments cannot regulate fracking, Ohio Supreme Court rules

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Supreme Court ruled today that local governments cannot use their home-rule powers – including zoning laws — to regulate oil and gas drilling. In a 4-3 ruling, the majority concluded that the Summit County city of Munroe Falls could not enforce its fracking and zoning regulations […]

An investigation led by Pennsylvania Congressman Matthew Cartwright (center) into several states' fracking waste practices has failed to provide any substantive details. Credit: Congressman Matt Cartwright
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

States drag their feet on Congressman’s frack waste investigation

Cartwright finds responses from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia too little and too late WASHINGTON, DC — “A Pennsylvania congressman wanted to know how his state and two neighboring states oversee the disposal of the often toxic waste generated by fracking oil-and-gas wells. …Among the issues Cartwright raised: How each […]

Ohio has only begun to tap into its clean energy resources. Continuing the state’s commitment to these resources could bring significant benefits to Ohio as it diversifies its electricity mix away from an over-reliance on fossil fuels.

New rules cloud future for large-scale wind farms in Ohio

TOLEDO  — “The long-range forecast for big wind farms in Ohio is cloudy at best. About a dozen wind farm projects that have been certified by the state are essentially on hold now and may never get off the ground after Ohio put in a two-year delay on its renewable […]

Mark Carper
Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund Board of Directors – Mark Carper

CINCINNATI — Mark Carper holds a PhD in Geography and is currently studying community planning at the University of Cincinnati. A true “life-long learner”, Mark is a Fulbright Scholar, has studied energy management and socioecology,  and has traveled to Bulgaria, Sweden, Russia, and the Republic of Georgia. He has served […]

AEP power purchase agreement decision expected soon
AEP / Coal / Energy

AEP power purchase agreement decision expected soon

COLUMBUS — “American Electric Power Company Inc. could hear as soon as next week if it’ll be able to go ahead with its controversial proposal to guarantee income from a coal-burning plant. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio could issue an order as soon as next Thursday on its initial […]

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station at Oak Harbor, Ohio, would have a guaranteed buyer for all its output if the PUCO approves a FirstEnergy plan. Photo by Kathiann M. Kowalski.
AEP / Coal / Duke Energy / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio utility “bailouts” could impact capacity market

COLUMBUS — “If some plants will have all costs paid in any case, owners are more likely to offer their megawatts into the capacity auction at lower prices. PJM rules require a minimum price for some new sources of electricity generation. As a general rule, though, existing sources have far […]

Iberdrola Renewables in 2012 installed the Blue Creek wind farm in northwestern Ohio, but is reconsidering two other wind farms proposed for the area.

Cloudy skies for Ohio’s clean-energy industry

Businesses talk of long-term growth but acknowledge setback from Senate Bill 310 COLUMBUS — “Business leaders gathered Downtown last night on the second of six stops in Ohio’s Energy Future Tour, a series of panel discussions sponsored by clean-energy trade groups and environmental advocates. The tour is designed to call […]

Laura Rench
Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action Board of Directors – Laura Rench

Laura Rench is a Christmas tree farmer and former social worker who has an extraordinary ability to unite people from different economic, racial, and social backgrounds. As an organizer with The Citizens for the Responsible Destruction of Chemical Weapons, Laura led a campaign which prevented the US Army from shipping […]

Montana and Wyoming see EPA coal rules differently
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Montana and Wyoming see EPA coal rules differently

The country’s top coal producers are pursuing radically different approaches to the Clean Power Plan WHEATLAND, WY — “The sentiment underscores the difficulty facing policymakers in Wyoming and Montana. Both are among the country’s top coal producers, and both rely on coal for the majority of their electricity generation. Despite […]

Late bill? Duke Energy snaps off the lights
Duke Energy / Energy

Late bill? Duke Energy snaps off the lights

Enquirer analysis shows utility disconnects 13% of its customers, twice Ohio’s average CINCINNATI — “Duke Energy has cut off electricity to more than one in eight of its Ohio customers as the utility grapples with the state’s most tardy bill payers. An Enquirer analysis of state disclosures shows Duke cut […]