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Clean air victory!
Ohio Citizen Action / Victory

Clean air victory!

Today we learned we have won our lawsuit against U.S. EPA for failure to update air pollution limits within an eight-year timeframe, as required by the federal Clean Air Act. We sued on behalf of two members and many other Ohio communities suffering from toxic air emissions from facilities including […]

Credit: Robert Schwartz/Creative Commons
Energy / Utilities

Study: lack of competition to blame for Ohio electricity cost increases

COLUMBUS — “With Ohio’s energy and energy efficiency standards again under attack, a new policy paper from Ohio State University attributes the lion’s share of electricity cost increases since 2008 to utilities and provisions that insulate them from full competition. None of Ohio’s transmission and distribution utilities have moved to […]

Levin Furniture in Avon has installed solar panels as part of its green initiatives, proving to some conservative Ohio lawmakers that solar will be built whether or not the state requires power companies to support it. (Plain Dealer file)
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio energy bill hearings begin today, would end rules on efficiency and renewable energy

CLEVELAND — “Another battle over renewable energy begins today in the Ohio House of Representatives. Cincinnati Republican lawmaker William Seitz isn’t about to give up his campaign to get rid of the state’s rules requiring power companies to sell a percentage of power generated by wind and solar and to help […]

Bill to weaken clean energy standards progresses despite Kasich opposition
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Bill to weaken clean energy standards progresses despite Kasich opposition

COLUMBUS — “The latest proposal to weaken Ohio’s clean-energy standards is on a fast track, as a key lawmaker said today that he wants to see the measure pass on the House floor within a matter of weeks. But that doesn’t change the underlying reality that Gov. John Kasich opposes […]

A solar array at Consolidated Electric Cooperative in Delaware. (Credit: Tom Knox/Columbus Business First)
Renewable Energy / Utilities

Ohio renewable energy bill could hurt AEP’s wind and solar projects

COLUMBUS — “A plan to scrap Ohio’s renewable energy standards could impact a Columbus utility’s plan to develop large wind and solar projects. A provision allows customers who shop for their power to not pay the utility costs it passes on from providing new power generation, including from renewables. While […]

Davis Besse nuclear power plant (Creative Commons)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

All eyes on Davis-Besse

CARROLL TOWNSHIP —  “At almost 500 feet above the ground, Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station’s cooling tower has loomed over Lake Erie like a concrete lighthouse for 40 years, with a water vapor plume that can be seen more than 30 miles away on a clear day. …But nuclear power plants are […]

The Timber Road II wind farm in Ohio (Credit: Keith Lott/USFWS, Creative Commons)
Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy

‘Outlier’ study on Ohio renewable standards is flawed, say critics

COLUMBUS — “A study calling for repeal of Ohio’s enforceable renewable energy standards – released just days ahead of legislation to further weaken those laws – will almost certainly be cited as hearings begin on the bill this week. Clean energy advocates, however, say the report is flawed because it relies […]

In this Aug. 3, 2014, file photo, the water intake crib for the city of Toledo, Ohio, is surrounded by an algae bloom on Lake Erie, about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative program that may be on the Trump administration’s chopping block has funded work in Ohio to slow down Lake Erie’s toxic algae. A draft of the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget proposal obtained by The Associated Press shows the Great Lakes fund is one of several programs targeted for big cuts. (Haraz N. Ghanbari, File/Associated Press)
Energy / Great Lakes

Great Lakes fund has aided Ohio’s algae fight, river cleanup

TOLEDO — “A Great Lakes cleanup program that may be on the Trump administration’s chopping block has plunked money into fighting Lake Erie’s toxic algae and putting new life into Ohio’s polluted rivers. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative also has spent millions on cleaning up beaches and restoring wetlands that […]

FirstEnergy’s dim idea
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy’s dim idea

TOLEDO — “FirstEnergy thinks its Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants are so wonderful that Ohioans should pay 5 percent more on their electric bills for the privilege of sharing a state with them. …FirstEnergy also argues that unlike facilities that rely on wind and sunlight, nuclear plants operate around […]

Statehouse News Bureau
Freeze on Clean Energy / Renewable Energy

After December veto, proposal to change green energy requirements on utilities to goals is back

COLUMBUS — “When Gov. John Kasich vetoed another two year freeze on the state’s renewable energy benchmarks last year, his fellow Republicans in the legislature promised they’d be back with a total repeal of those benchmarks. And they appear to have taken the first step. Amid the Christmas rush in […]