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A chart from the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report shows U.S. energy carbon dioxide emissions and gross domestic product.
Coal / Energy

Emissions and economic growth don’t have to be in lockstep, report shows

The economy can grow while emissions from fossil fuels fall, but policy matters, said experts at an international science conference this month. FALMOUTH, MA — “‘Decreasing use of fossil fuels has the largest implications for reducing greenhouse gases,’ said Richard Birdsey, senior scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center in […]

Credit: Midwest Energy News
Energy / Renewable Energy

100% renewable energy needs lots of storage. This Polar Vortex test showed how much.

Energy analysts used power demand data from the Midwest’s January deep freeze and wind and solar conditions to find the gaps in an all-renewable power grid. EDINBURGH, UK— “In the depths of the deep freeze late last month, nearly every power plant in the Eastern and Central U.S. that could run […]

FirstEnergy made money in 2018 after cutting ties with bankrupt FirstEnergy Solutions
Energy / FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

FirstEnergy made money in 2018 after cutting ties with bankrupt FirstEnergy Solutions

AKRON — FirstEnergy Corp. made a net profit of $981 million in 2018 after paying expenses and taxes. Total sales were $11.3 billion. The earnings, reported after the stock markets closed Tuesday, are a dramatic turn around from the $1.7 billion in losses the company reported for 2017 on power […]

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Coal / Coal Ash

Coal’s other dark side: Toxic ash that can poison water and people

Workers who cleaned up a huge spill from a coal ash pond in Tennessee in 2008 are still suffering—and dying. The U.S. has 1,400 ash dumps. KINGSTON, TN — “After the Kingston spill, environmental groups advocated regulating coal ash as hazardous waste. But the utilities and ACAA lobbied hard against […]

Timber Road II wind project in western Ohio. 
Photo by David Grant / Creative Commons
AEP / Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

AEP to spend $1B for stakes in seven wind farms

COLUMBUS — “AEP Corp. is forging ahead with plans to grow its renewable energy business. The Columbus-based utility announced after markets closed Tuesday that its competitive renewable energy subsidiary has signed an agreement to acquire Sempra Renewables LLC, which controls stakes in seven wind farms and 724 megawatts of wind power, […]

Industry wanted this Ohio River Commission to stop setting pollution standards. It almost gave in.
Coal

Industry wanted this Ohio River Commission to stop setting pollution standards. It almost gave in.

The commission was under pressure to drop its standard-setting authority and let each state act on its own. But what happens upstream affects everyone. LOUISVILLE, KY — “Last summer, under pressure from industries and power utilities, the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) had taken a preliminary vote to abandon its […]

Hannah Spring
Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action welcomes new Cleveland Canvass Director Hannah Spring

Hannah Spring started canvassing February 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan for Clean Water Action. Her first campaign involved working on the lead and copper rule in Michigan, which resulted in the strongest lead regulations in the country. Hannah says, “The rule states that in the next 20 years all the […]

Members of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio meet in March 2018. photo: PUCO
Energy / Renewable Energy

Ohio clean energy groups will seek recusals from PUCO nominee

Industry group lobbyist Sam Randazzo has represented several groups before the regulatory board COLUMBUS — “Randazzo himself raised the question of recusals when he opposed Democrat Howard Petricoff for a seat on the PUCO in 2016. Petricoff had represented wind industry clients, as well as some companies that favor a shift to […]

U.S. Solar jobs fell with Trump’s tariffs, but these states are adding more
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U.S. Solar jobs fell with Trump’s tariffs, but these states are adding more

Overall, U.S. solar job numbers fell in 2018 as President Trump’s tariffs on panel imports kicked in, but several states still saw significant growth WASHINGTON, DC — “Illinois stands out in the 2018 edition of the National Solar Jobs Census, with gains that were second only to Florida in a year […]

AEP Ohio Weighs in on Pick for PUCO Chairman
AEP / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy

AEP Ohio Weighs in on Pick for PUCO Chairman

COLUMBUS — “Sam Randazzo’s appointment to chair the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio sent up red flags to supporters of AEP’s 400 megawatt solar farm. Randazzo’s former group, Industrial Energy Users-Ohio, is against the proposal. AEP Ohio Vice President Marc Reitter said Randazzo is smart and experienced, and Reitter hopes he gives their proposal a fair shot. ‘He’ll […]