Post Tagged with: "Renewable Energy"

The number of wind farms in Ohio, stagnant since lawmakers increased property setback requirements in 2014, could be further stymied by the passage Thursday of another bill in the Ohio House aimed at making the state's green energy mandates voluntary goals. The bill now goes to the Senate, where there is no companion legislation. Between 2008 and 2014, power companies in Ohio had to provide an increasing percentage of green energy in the power they sold. Lawmakers froze that percentage in 2014 for two years in 2014. In December 2016, the Republican-dominated House and Senate voted to make the standards voluntary for another two years -- only to see Gov. John Kasich veto the legislation. (Plain Dealer file)
Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio House kills state renewable energy standards

COLUMBUS — “Declaring that wind and solar power no longer need the assistance of a state law forcing power companies to support and sell green energy, the Ohio House of Representatives today voted to end the state’s green mandates created nine years ago. The vote was 65 to 29, with […]

Ohio lawmakers are today trying do away with state mandates requiring power companies to buy and sell solar power, or buy "solar credits" associated with solar power. The change would eliminate revenues solar developers rely on to fund projects, such as this very large solar array built by Bold Alternatives, a local Cleveland company, in 2012 atop a canopy in the parking lot of First Unitarian Church of Cleveland in Shaker Heights. (Credit:Thomas Ondrey, The Plain Dealer)
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Ohio’s renewable energy rules on the chopping block, again

COLUMBUS — “Ohio lawmaker William Seitz of Cincinnati has been trying for at least the past four years to modify or eliminate state rules requiring power companies to offer ‘green’ electricity. His latest effort, House Bill 114, is scheduled for a vote today. …Opponents, including scores of businesses, as well […]

The AEP building in Columbus.
AEP / Coal

As Trump vows to save coal jobs, AEP focuses on renewables

COLUMBUS — “President Donald Trump on Tuesday slashed environmental standards while surrounded by executives and workers from coal companies, including Ohio’s Murray Energy Corp. He signed the executive order to reverse his predecessor’s climate change endeavors: President Obama went too far, Trump says, and he wants to put miners back […]

News that solar jobs are up in Ohio comes as bill weakening clean energy progresses
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

News that solar jobs are up in Ohio comes as bill weakening clean energy progresses

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio House Public Utilities Committee is considering House Bill 114, which would turn requirements for renewable energy into optional goals. This would be a change to a 2008 law that say electricity utilities must make annual investments in clean-energy programs and technologies. The committee is scheduled for […]

Hundreds of clean energy bills have introduced in states nationwide this year
Renewable Energy

Hundreds of clean energy bills have introduced in states nationwide this year

State-by state look at proposals dealing with renewable energy reveals bipartisan collaboration for cleaner electricity, as Republican backlash in Washington grows. WASHINGTON, DC — “Lawmakers in state legislatures across the nation have proposed hundreds of bills this year relating to clean energy. While many propose to grow alternative energy resources, […]

While Ohio coal employment falls, solar jobs double in Cleveland area
Energy

While Ohio coal employment falls, solar jobs double in Cleveland area

CLEVELAND — “Solar industry jobs doubled in the Cleveland, Ohio area last year, driving about half of the state’s total job growth in the sector, according to new data released today by The Solar Foundation. However, the industry’s future growth in Cuyahoga County and elsewhere in the state could be […]

Don’t let knuckle-draggers on Ohio’s energy future win, leaving the people with zero: editorial
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Don’t let knuckle-draggers on Ohio’s energy future win, leaving the people with zero: editorial

CLEVELAND — “Five strikes and you’re more than out, you’re living in denial. And that’s where backers of House Bill 114 now reside — in denial of the jobs, investment, growth and future economic stability that come from a broad energy portfolio in Ohio. HB 114 not only would gut a bipartisan and virtually […]

Ohio House speaker predicts bill removing green energy standards will pass with veto-proof majority
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Ohio House speaker predicts bill removing green energy standards will pass with veto-proof majority

COLUMBUS — “The House is likely to pass a bill weakening Ohio’s clean-energy standards next week with a veto-proof majority, Speaker Cliff Rosenberger said Wednesday. ‘I think it’s sending a clear message … that this is something that we are very intent that needs to happen as state policy,’ the […]

The Brazos Wind Farm, also known as the Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm, near Fluvanna, Texas. (Wikimedia Commons)
Renewable Energy / Research & Reports

Clean energy is seeing explosive job growth, don’t let budget kill it

WASHINGTON, DC — “Multiple news outlets have reported that the federal budget President Donald Trump plans to submit to Congress Thursday will gut or even eliminate two principal Department of Energy research efforts fueling a renewable energy revolution in the United States. That would be an enormous mistake. Whatever else […]

Students at Lincolnview Elementary display their notebook tablets with Senator Cliff Hite. CREDIT: Alexandria Mick
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Anti-wind bill costs Ohio schools hundreds of thousands of dollars

New setback rules killed revenue from wind farms that would have gone directly to districts VAN WERT — “A short drive up the road from Van Wert City Schools, students of Lincolnview Schools saw a different ending to the same story. That district benefits from a program that allows wind […]