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Mountaintop Mining Is Destroying More Land for Less Coal, Study Finds
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Mountaintop Mining Is Destroying More Land for Less Coal, Study Finds

Using satellite images, researchers tracked the scars spreading across Appalachia. They found 3 times more land being stripped per ton of coal than in the 1980s. SHEPHERDSTOWN,WV — “Strip mining across the mountaintops of Appalachia is scarring as much as three times more land to get a ton of coal […]

A U.S. coal bailout wouldn’t stop electric sector transition
Coal / Energy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

A U.S. coal bailout wouldn’t stop electric sector transition

A blatant misuse of the law and a phony national-defense argument CLEVELAND — “It seems a waste of time and resources to call on a nearly 70-year-old defense law to rescue certain failing and outdated sectors of the energy industry. Yet that is precisely what has been proposed. The Trump administration […]

Candidate education project
Energy / Voter Education Project / Voter Engagement Work

Candidate education project

Ohio Citizen Action and Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund do not endorse candidates. Long ago, our members made clear they didn’t want us to do so, but preferred we provide information in an unbiased manner so that they might make informed choices for themselves. For 2018, we’ve decided to focus […]

Supporters of the wind farm held the majority of the nearly 200 people in attendance at a public hearing in Cleveland on July 16.
Air Quality / Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Icebreaker Lake Erie wind project praised, criticized at hearing before state board

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Lingering fears about the impact of a Lake Erie wind farm on birds and bats appears to be the only remaining hurdle to building the first-ever U.S. freshwater wind turbine project. …Garry George, Renewable Energy Director for the National Audubon Society, cited a climate report that found […]

Ohio nuclear plants get stricter scrutiny after safety system problems
Energy

Ohio nuclear plants get stricter scrutiny after safety system problems

WASHINGTON, DC — “Federal regulators are watching the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants in Ohio more closely after problems with backup systems surfaced at both sites within the last year. Speaking at a meeting about the Davis-Besse plant last month, Nuclear Regulatory Commission representatives seemed satisfied that appropriate measures had […]

Icebreaker Wind Public Hearing – July 19, 2018
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Icebreaker Wind Public Hearing – July 19, 2018

CLEVELAND — Please join Icebreaker Wind supporters and attend an important public hearing at Cleveland City Hall Council Chambers, 601 Lakeside Avenue at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19. Last week, the Ohio Power Siting Board staff gave Icebreaker – the first fresh water offshore windfarm in North America – tentative, conditional approval.  After exhaustive review that took nearly 18 […]

Editorial: Propping up coal, nuclear would be needless, destructive
Coal / Energy

Editorial: Propping up coal, nuclear would be needless, destructive

COLUMBUS — “President Donald Trump’s desire to prop up money-losing coal and nuclear plants is absurd enough on its face that one doesn’t need a lot of help arguing against it. Coal is losing its place to cleaner and cheaper natural gas. It is dirty and dangerous not only in the […]

Renewables: What’s the future for the Midwest in a post-mandate world?
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Renewables: What’s the future for the Midwest in a post-mandate world?

WASHINGTON, DC — “An energy policy wave swept across the Midwest a decade ago as seven states adopted laws from 2006 to 2009 requiring utilities to add increasing amounts of wind and solar energy. The aim of the clean energy mandates was clear — to slash greenhouse gases and other […]

Consumers score a victory on Dayton Power & Light fixed rate charge
Fixed Rate Hikes / Victory

Consumers score a victory on Dayton Power & Light fixed rate charge

COLUMBUS — Dayton Power & Light customers will not have to pay a $13 monthly fixed rate or customer charge on their bills, thanks to a settlement reached among the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and consumer and environmental advocates on June 22. The charge will increase to $7 per month, but […]

Ohio bill would relax wind setbacks — and clean energy standards
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Wind Energy

Ohio bill would relax wind setbacks — and clean energy standards

COLUMBUS — “Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would relax the state’s strict wind turbine setbacks rules but again weaken renewable and energy efficiency standards. The Ohio Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled Wednesday to discuss House Bill 114, which threatens to roll back the state’s on-again, off-again […]