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G.O.P. hurries to slash oil and gas rules, ending industries 8-year wait
Climate Change / Coal

G.O.P. hurries to slash oil and gas rules, ending industries 8-year wait

WASHINGTON, DC — “The document carried the title ‘A Roadmap to Repeal,’ a concise list of Obama administration environmental regulations that a Koch brothers-backed group was pressing President Trump and Congress to quickly reverse after Inauguration Day. It was a tally of rules that energy industry executives and lobbyists had […]

Ohio voters want energy choice, oppose return to monopoly utilities
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio voters want energy choice, oppose return to monopoly utilities

CLEVELAND — “Efforts by the state’s traditional monopoly power companies to persuade lawmakers to scrap competitive markets and return to a fully regulated system could run afoul of an important political player — voters. A telephone survey conducted in January by Fallon Research and Communications, of Columbus and Washington, D.C., found […]

credit: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Renewable Energy

Renewable energy mandates: How does Ohio compare with other states?

CLEVELAND — “Should Ohio continue to force utilities to obtain a percentage of their energy from renewable sources, such as the wind or the sun? If so, how much renewable energy should they be required to use?And when should they have to meet those standards? Those are questions that the […]

Potentially dangerous chemicals found in fast-food wrappers, researchers say
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Potentially dangerous chemicals found in fast-food wrappers, researchers say

  CHICAGO, IL — “For more than three decades, fast-food chains have relied on the chemical industry to keep grease and oil from soaking through burger wrappers, french fry cartons and pizza boxes. Few questioned the safety of the specially coated food packaging until the early 2000s, when lawsuits uncovered the […]

As Trump threatens environmental protections, these three Republican governors invest in clean energy
Renewable Energy

As Trump threatens environmental protections, these three Republican governors invest in clean energy

JERSEY CITY, NJ — “Earlier this month, the U.S. inaugurated a new president who has vowed to abandon the landmark Paris climate agreement and roll back bedrock American environmental protections. But turn to the states and you’ll find a different story, even in the red states that elected President Trump. […]

A mountaintop removal mine site in Southern West Virginia in 2009. Credit: CHRIS DORST | Gazette-Mail file photo - See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20170201/congress-moves-to-reject-obama-mining-rule-changes#sthash.swIQfgcy.dpuf
Coal

Congress moves to reject Obama mining rule changes

WASHINGTON, DC — “Congress on Wednesday evening was headed toward fairly quick action to reject a late-term effort by the Obama administration to replace a controversial stream ‘buffer zone’ rule with a collection of requirements that coal operators better monitor water quality, try to avoid damage to streams, and improve […]

After decades of decreases, mercury rises in Great Lakes wildlife
Coal

After decades of decreases, mercury rises in Great Lakes wildlife

Scientists are seeing an uptick of the legacy toxic in Great Lakes fish and birds. Warming waters are the suspected culprit. More coal will make it worse. SAULT STE. MARIE, MI — “Toxic mercury is once again increasing in some Great Lakes fish and birds after decades of consistent, promising […]

Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina.
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio Senate president wants an energy policy that can last a decade, giving businesses certainty

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s Senate leader wants to create energy policy that can last the next 10 years. Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, said at an energy forum hosted by Vorys Advisors that remaking Ohio’s energy market is one of the key issues for the legislature in the next two years, […]

Gas industry, manufacturers push back on efforts to re-regulate Ohio electricity markets
Energy

Gas industry, manufacturers push back on efforts to re-regulate Ohio electricity markets

COLUMBUS — “Ohio electric customers could lose billions in savings each year if the state’s electric generation market moved back to monopoly power, researchers and others stressed earlier this week at a conference in Columbus. ‘Going forward, there’s about $3 billion in savings that will be realized in Ohio each […]

cebreaker Windpower, Inc., the new company created to build the pilot wind farm project in the lake, has filed an exhaustive formal application with the Ohio Power Siting Board. The application is the culmination of more than a decade of planning that began with an idea from the Cleveland Foundation in 2003, became the work of a citizens' committee overseen by Cuyahoga County in 2005, and for the past seven years the focus of the non-profit Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (Plain Dealer file )
Energy

LEEDCo’s IceBreaker lake wind farm files for state permit

CLEVELAND — “Icebreaker Windpower, Inc., the company created by Fred. Olsen Renewables, USA, to build a pilot wind farm in Lake Erie, has filed formal applications with the Ohio Power Siting Board. The company is proposing to build a demonstration six-turbine wind farm in the lake about 8 to 10 […]