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A Dubuque resident filed a claim against the city seeking $18,500 in labor and materials he said he lost after the city rescinded a building permit to erect a free-standing solar array in his backyard.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 garage, for a total square footage...
The Risks of Novel Batteries Wearing Out Before Their Time
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, 24-megawatt-hour energy storage project...
Community leaders join environmental group asking Kasich to support local anti-fracking efforts
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. John Kasich to support the...
Monroe County Fracking Disaster: Little progress made, few lessons learned in the year since major fracking accident in Ohio
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 were completely wiped out that...
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 in a few months, solar panels...
Transition Away from Coal-Fired Power Plants Keeps Building
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 Power (AEP) has ceased...
Aid Package for Coal Country Goes Ignored by Congress
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 transition to a new economy is...
Judge tosses drilling suit; moms say ‘not giving up’
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 Cuyahoga County Common Pleas...
For conservatives, it’s the ‘right time’ to discuss climate change
A panel of conservative policy analysts discussing the GOP’s latent role in environmentalism agreed yesterday that the Republican Party is damaging itself by surrendering the issue of climate change to the Democratic Party.
They also appeared united on the idea that man-made global warming is real. But the analysts were scattered about how to address it. Among the suggestions were a carbon tax, “climate engineering” and getting very rich...
Why Warren Buffett made a billion dollar bet on solar
Miles Per Acre Per Year
During the late innings of the ICE-age (as in the Internal Combustion Engine age), it has become clear that feeding gasoline and diesel to the next billion new cars is not going to be easy, or cheap.
In China alone, 500 million new vehicles can be expected to jam the roads between now and 2030.
That may sound far-fetched but considering annual sales have already made it to 25 million units per year (vs. around 17 million in the...