There is no reason to slash Ohio’s sound measures for promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency
EDITORIAL by the Toledo Blade
Don’t lower the standards
A good state law requires Ohio utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity sales from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. Utilities also must adopt energy-efficiency measures aimed at cutting electricity consumption in the state by 22 percent in the same period.
Since the clean-energy law was enacted in 2008, it has helped promote an alternative-energy industry that has...
Ohio voters favor green energy, efficiency and political candidates who do the same, poll finds
“The findings present a very clear picture of where Ohioans stand when it comes to energy policy,” David Metz, principal, FM3 polling company.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohioans overwhelmingly favor replacing coal-fired power plants with wind farms and solar arrays, and requiring utilities to help customers use less electricity, a poll released Wednesday has found.
The random telephone survey of 600 Ohio voters found:
• That 72 percent favor...
Citigroup Says the ‘Age of Renewables’ Has Begun
Investment bank Citi says solar and wind are competing on costs with fossil fuels in the U.S.
Investment banking giant Citigroup has hailed the start of the “age of renewables” in the United States, the world’s biggest electricity market, saying that solar and wind energy are becoming competitive with natural gas peaking and baseload plants.
In a major new analysis released last week, Citi says the big decision-makers within the U.S. power industry...
Up To 1,000 Times More Methane Released At Gas Wells Than EPA Estimates, Study Finds
An analysis of a number of hydraulic fracturing sites in southwestern Pennsylvania has found that methane was being released into the atmosphere at 100 to 1,000 times the rate that the Environmental Protection Agency estimated. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that drilling operations at seven well pads emitted 34 grams of methane per second, on average, much higher than the EPA-estimated 0.04 grams...
ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) Attacks Ohio Renewable Energy Standard, Local Newspapers Fail to Show Fossil Fuel Connection
[Editor's note: I was part of a large group of people, businesses, organizations and policymakers that worked to pass Ohio's renewable energy standard, SB 221. For years we've been working to protect this standard as it's under attack by ALEC and members of the Ohio General Assembly. Frustration is at an all-time high as Ohio is at risk of losing the many benefits of SB 221 including job growth, utility cost savings, a cleaner environment and healthier...
Benny Peiser: Europe Pulls The Plug On Its Green Future
As country after country abandons, curtails or reneges on once-generous support for renewable energy, Europe is beginning to realise that its green energy strategy is dying on the vine. Green dreams are giving way to hard economic realities.
Slowly but gradually, Europe is awakening to a green energy crisis, an economic and political debacle that is entirely self-inflicted.
The mainstream media, which used to encourage the renewables push...
Ohio Rolls Out New Oil and Gas Emissions Standards
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) has adopted new requirements aimed at reducing air pollution from the state’s growing shale oil and gas development that will find operators targeting fugitive emission sources such as leaking valves and connectors.
Under the new policy, operators will be required to scan all well site equipment on a quarterly basis using infrared cameras or other hydrocarbon detection devices. Any leaks identified...
County conservation district looking for a sustainable future
NEWARK — Imagine a Newark overflowing with sustainable small farms and community gardens that produce fresh, local produce for the community.
The Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District thinks it can make that dream a reality with the help of a levy on the May ballot. The 0.15 mill levy over five years would raise about $555,000 for the district and cost the average homeowner of a $100,000 property about $5.25 per year.
That cost is less...
Air monitoring in fracking areas fails to detect spikes in toxic emissions, new study says
People in natural gas drilling areas who complain about nauseating odors, nosebleeds and other symptoms they fear could be caused by shale development usually get the same response from state regulators: monitoring data show the air quality is fine.
A new study helps explain this discrepancy. The most commonly used air monitoring techniques often underestimate public health threats because they don’t catch toxic emissions that spike at various points...
California To Start Giving Millions Of Dollars Of Climate Credits To Electricity Users
Starting in April, millions of California households will received a $30 to $40 climate credit on their electricity bills. On Monday the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Air Resources Board made the announcement, which is part of California’s broader effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote clean energy. The state has implemented a carbon cap-and-trade program on large emitters and is requiring one-third of...