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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...

Up To 1,000 Times More Methane Released At Gas Wel...

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...

Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania counties report ...

New report looks at economic benefits vs. pollution, social ills Researchers from states that are experienced with hydraulic fracturing released a collaborative report on how gas drilling has affected four counties in the United States and made recommendations to states considering allowing fracking within their borders. Authors of the report found the counties highlighted in the report were not prepared for the costs and...

ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) Attac...

[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...

Benny Peiser: Europe Pulls The Plug On Its Green F...

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...

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...

County conservation district looking for a sustain...

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...

Air monitoring in fracking areas fails to detect s...

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...