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‘Big Muskie,’ the largest single-bucket digging machine ever built, could move 220-cubic yards of earth in the strip mining operation. Photo by The Blade / Matt Markey
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State could add vast reclaimed strip mine area to ODNR system

ENO— “When the coal removal work came to a close in 2001, some 110 million tons of the mineral had been removed, and 2 billion cubic yards of earth had been stripped away to expose those veins of coal. But reclamation efforts in this region in southeastern Ohio, required under […]

FirstEnergy should not get something for nothing from its customers: editorial
Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy should not get something for nothing from its customers: editorial

CLEVELAND — “Currently before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is FirstEnergy’s latest bid for ratepayer help: an eight-year “financial hedge” request the company says is supported by the same coalition of low-income, manufacturing, municipal and other customer groups that backed an earlier power purchase deal the PUCO approved in March. (Federal regulators […]

Ohio to lose millions in wind-energy investments if state laws aren’t changed
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio to lose millions in wind-energy investments if state laws aren’t changed

VAN WERT — “A Virginia wind-power development company, Apex Clean Energy, hopes to erect four wind farms in the northern Ohio, but only if the state reverses legislation that effectively reduced the number of wind turbines that can be erected. Apex is set to go on the first phase of […]

An algae bloom on Lake Erie that shut down Toledo's water supply is an example of how climate change is already impacting Ohio. Photo By NOAA / Creative Commons
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Report on climate costs for Millennials shows what’s at stake in Ohio energy debate

COLUMBUS — “Millennials in the United States and their children stand to lose tens of trillions of dollars without bold action on climate change, according to a report released last week. For advocates in Ohio, the report is another reminder of how high the stakes are in the state’s ongoing […]

Decommissioning costs: A blind spot in the nuclear power debate
Energy

Decommissioning costs: A blind spot in the nuclear power debate

In nuclear policy, too little thought is given to the considerable costs of storing radioactive waste on site PHILADELPHIA, PA — “With over 10 GW of nuclear capacity at risk for premature retirement – defined as retirement before license expiration – many states are considering subsidy policies to keep these […]

DOE awards $40 million grant for Lake Erie wind project — a victory for Windustrious Cleveland
Energy / Renewable Energy

DOE awards $40 million grant for Lake Erie wind project — a victory for Windustrious Cleveland

June 9th, 2016 CLEVELAND — “Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur on May 27 announced that ‘Cleveland’s Wind Project qualifies for a [U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)] grant of $40 million in additional funds’ to construct turbines on Lake Erie, ‘unlocking the tremendous offshore wind energy potential of the Great Lakes, which […]

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has received the most money from the oil and gas and coal mining industries, over $1.6 million since 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Coal / Energy / Oil & Gas

A climate of cash in votes on global warming

WASHINGTON, DC — “For years now, the scientific consensus has been that climate change is occurring and is caused mainly by the actions of human beings. So why, during the first month of the current Congress, did nearly half the Senate — all Republicans — vote against an amendment stating that human activities contribute […]

First Energy employees Hank Boka and Doug Colafella inspect the W.H. Sammis power plant in Ohio.
(Photo: Mark Drajem/Bloomberg)
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy says its headquarters is worth $568 million to Ohio

Utility asks regulators for surcharge for benefits to Akron AKRON — “FirstEnergy Corp., Ohio’s homegrown utility with roots in the state that date to 1930, wants its customers to pay to ensure it stays there. In the latest twist in a two-year battle for aid, the company has asked regulators […]

Solar power growing rapidly as prices tumble and tax credits are extended
Energy

Solar power growing rapidly as prices tumble and tax credits are extended

BOWLING GREEN — “The nation is on the verge of the solar revolution that has been predicted for decades. And that’s what experts were discussing this week at a solar conference in northwest Ohio at Green Energy Ohio’s annual solar conference, held this year at Bowling Green. Green Energy’s founder […]

Wind farm in Bowling Green, the pioneer of the state in developing commercial wind energy.
Energy

State’s largest solar project to be in B.G.

BOWLING GREEN — “Sixteen of Ohio’s 25 largest solar projects are in northwest Ohio and — four months from now — the largest will be in Bowling Green, which for years was best known as the place which launched the state into the modern era of utility-scale wind turbines. The […]