How a Top Liberal State Is Creating an Electricity Market That Conservatives Should Love
No technology mandates, more competition and consumer empowerment: a conservative’s dream.
Imagine an electricity market that gives small businesses and consumers the same ability to compete and make money that utilities have always had.
The market has no explicit technology mandates that require utilities or individuals to “pick winners and losers.” It simply sets some basic rules that prioritize consumer-side distributed energy...
While Cutting Efficiency Programs, FirstEnergy Looks to Keep Aging Power Plants Running
The Ohio utility doesn’t seem to be preparing itself for coming EPA carbon regulations.
FirstEnergy’s plan to gut most of its energy efficiency programs in Ohio comes just as the company has ramped up state and federal efforts to prop up markets for its power plants.
The news coincides with the release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, which seeks to curb carbon emissions.
Without energy efficiency and...
Ohio Singled Out for Worst Fracking Waste Disposal Practices
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report this week showing that Ohio was the only state among eight studied that allows waste fluids from oil and gas wells to be disposed of without disclosure of the chemicals it contains.
This fracking operation in southeast Ohio doesn’t have to disclosure the chemicals in its waste fluids, thanks to weak state reporting requirements. Photo Credit: Buckeye Forest Council
The report, created...
New York’s Bold New Plan To Expand Solar Energy
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported a ramp-up in his state’s solar capacity Friday, an announcement that rounded out a big week for the state’s environmental initiatives.
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The governor announced new NY-Sun awards for large solar electric...
Natural gas won’t save us from global warming, study confirms
In his January State of the Union address, President Obama said that natural gas could be a low-emission “bridge fuel” that could allow the U.S. to help slow global warming. Demonstrators at Sunday’s climate protest in New York apparently didn’t get the talking points memo from the White House — many carried signs calling for an end to fracking.
The reality is that shale gas probably won’t have much effect on climate...
Ohio lawmakers’ short-sighted efforts to derail efficiency and renewables standards hurt state’s future: editorial
Let’s set aside the nonsense that climate change is not “proven.” If proof constitutes a nose on a face, we have proof.
“Each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the Earth’s surface than any preceding decade since 1850,” Rajendra Pachauri, head of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, told this week’s special U.N. climate summit in New York City. The summit...
Transforming the Power Grid: Lessons From Germany and Japan
According to German transmission operators, storage is still too expensive and transmission remains a lower-cost option.
Is grid-scale energy storage the key to a renewable energy future? Brookings fellow John Banks, an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown, says no.
The Brookings Institution has stepped up efforts to better understand renewable energy policy and trends in Germany and Japan in its newly released report, “Transforming the...
Activists want Columbus to have environmental ‘bill of rights’
No one is fracking in Columbus, and no one is injecting fracking wastewater into the ground here.
But some grass-roots environmental activists are taking no chances.
A group is collecting signatures to get a Community Bill of Rights on the Columbus ballot in May.
If it passes, the bill would change Columbus’ city charter to block activities that could pollute drinking water and air. It’s a legal tactic that some communities across the nation have used...
Denying Climate Change ‘Will Cost Us Billions Of Dollars,’ U.S. Budget Director Warns
The new U.S. director of the Office of Management and Budget used his first speech to talk about the dangers not acting on climate change poses to the federal budget.
Shaun Donovan, head of the OMB, said in a speech at the Center for American Progress Friday that acting on climate change is “tremendously important” to him and that it’s “critical to our ability to operate and fund the government in a responsible manner.”
“From where I sit,...
Thirsty wells: Fracking consumes billions of gallons of water
Drillers in Ohio have used more than 4 billion gallons of water to frack horizontal shale wells since 2011. That’s a lot of water. Enough to fill one two-liter soda bottle for every person on the planet; or in terms that motorists in shale country can relate to, 800,000 tanker-loads of water.
Drillers in Ohio have used more than 4 billion gallons of water to frack horizontal shale wells since 2011.
That’s a lot of water. Enough to fill one...