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Dubuque man files claim over building permit

A Dubuque resident filed a claim against the city seeking $18,500 in labor and materials he said he lost after the city rescinded a building permit to erect a free-standing solar array in his backyard. Tim Mueller, of 2901 Hillcrest Road, said he was granted a building permit April 17 and proceeded with the project only to see city staff pull the permit three days later.  The array was paired with plans for a detached...

The Risks of Novel Batteries Wearing Out Before Th...

Duke Energy’s decision to replace 36 MW of Xtreme lead-acid batteries shows the risks of backing emerging storage tech. Utilities are leery of new battery technologies, no matter how groundbreaking they seem. That’s because they sometimes don’t perform as promised, and fixing that problem can turn out to be an expensive proposition. Last week, Duke Energy announced it is “repowering” its 36-megawatt,...

Community leaders join environmental group asking ...

The oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” such as at this well in Pennsylvania, is opposed by neighborhood groups who accuse the operations of polluting the air and drinking water, and causing earthquakes.Associated Press file photo COLUMBUS, Ohio – A citizen-based environmental advocacy group today delivered a letter signed by more than 100 elected officials calling on Gov....

Monroe County Fracking Disaster: Little progress m...

Part 1 This past Sunday, June 28, marked the one-year anniversary of a fracking chemical fire at the Statoil well pad in a little town called Hannibal, Ohio. The raging fire burned for 5 days and forced 25 Ohio families to evacuate their homes. The water used to fight the fire mixed with chemicals stored on the site and resulted in a 5-mile fish kill in a high quality stream. 70,000 fish and countless other aquatic critters...

YES Club solar panel project has been successful

NEWARK – When the Licking County Solar Cooperative and Licking County Concerned Citizens for Public Health and Environment launched a fundraiser two months ago to install solar panels on the roof of the YES Club, Jeremy King, one of the project’s coordinators, wasn’t sure what to expect. But it wasn’t long before donations came pouring in. Six weeks into their fundraiser, they’ve raised close to $18,000. That means...

Transition Away from Coal-Fired Power Plants Keeps...

The transition away from coal-fired power plants continues among a number of U.S. utilities both in an effort to comply with carbon reduction standards and for cost-cutting reasons. In the last few months alone, several thousand megawatts of coal-generated capacity have been taken offline. The trend is similar in other industrialized countries, with a key exception. In the United States, Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric...

Aid Package for Coal Country Goes Ignored by Congr...

President Obama’s $3 billion plan called ‘cold comfort’ by Republican leaders, who haven’t allocated it to help coal-dependent communities. Editor’s note: This article is part a series of stories by InsideClimate News reporters exploring the future of the coal industry, Coal’s Long Goodbye: Dispatches From the War on Carbon. A massive $3 billion package to help struggling coal communities...

Judge tosses drilling suit; moms say ‘not giving u...

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio — A community activist group near Cleveland that opposes oil and gas wells in residential neighborhoods said it plans to appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss its lawsuit against the state. Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhood, which is based in Broadview Heights, claimed that the city’s Community Bill of Rights approved by voters in 2012 supersedes a state law permitting drilling. But...