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On the Blogs: Ohio’s Fight Against Wind Turbines I...

American Wind Energy Association: For years, Ohio has largely missed out on economic development opportunities from the U.S. wind industry. Currently, Ohio contains just three utility-scale wind projects, significantly less than neighboring states. As a result, Ohio wind projects represent just $1.1 billion of capital investments, significantly lagging neighboring states. In comparison, the U.S. wind industry has invested...

New technology could recover more oil from early B...

Oil companies are applying new hydraulic fracturing techniques to early Bakken wells, a process industry leaders say has the potential to recover more oil without increasing the footprint on the land. Operators are targeting wells drilled between 2008 and 2010, the early years of Bakken development before fracking technology advanced to where it is today. Companies are refracturing the older wells using today’s technology...

Surge In Hydraulic Fracturing Drives Water Managem...

A new wave of drilling activity in the hydraulic fracturing sector has kick-started demand for water management solutions in a sector that was lagging less than a year ago. With a rebound in drilling activity underway, energy company spend on U.S. water management is forecasted to rise 47% by the end of 2017, according to Bluefield Research’s new Market Insight, Water for U.S. Hydraulic Fracturing Market: Competitive...

Report: Expanded efficiency opt-out could cost Ohi...

An expansion of the opt-out provisions for Ohio’s energy efficiency standard will likely lead to more than $6 billion in added energy and health costs over the next decade, according to a new report from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. ACEEE issued its analysis Wednesday morning, shortly before state representative Lou Blessing (R-Colerain Township) was due to provide sponsor testimony to an Ohio Senate...

Climate change: $4 trillion carbon tax is needed t...

World Bank-backed report says revenue could be used in a number of ways, such as paying out household rebates, alleviating poverty and fostering low-carbon infrastructure Cottam coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire AFP/Getty A global carbon tax that would raise trillions of dollars if applied across the world should be introduced if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, 13 leading economists have said in a...

Iowa solar installers rush to get ahead of possibl...

While it remains unclear how an Iowa utility will change the way solar customers are compensated, installers in the state aren’t taking chances. Alliant Energy is expected to introduce a new tariff for customer generation today as part of an ongoing process initiated by state regulators. Some people in the state’s solar industry, as well as some clean-energy advocates , suspect that Alliant’s proposed new tariff will...

If you want to solve climate change, you need to s...

A new report says that the wider the gap between rich and poor, the more the environment suffers. We often talk about how climate change exacerbates social and economic inequality, but rarely do we consider the opposite: that inequality itself can be a driver of climate change. “What’s missing from the conversation is what our inequality crisis is doing to our planet,” said Susan Holmberg, a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute...

Taxpayers Charged $7 Billion a Year to Subsidize F...

The federal government is providing extensive support for fossil fuel production on public lands and waters offshore, through a combination of direct subsidies, enforcement loopholes, lax royalty collection, stagnant lease rates and other advantages to the industry, a report released Wednesday found. The government is contributing at least $7 billion per year in subsidies to support fossil fuel production on federally held...

An evidence-based analysis on what’s driving the u...

Secretary Perry, We Have Some Questions for You Too An evidence-based analysis on what’s driving the unstoppable transition from coal to other technologies. by Michael O’Boyle May 19, 2017 An evidence-based analysis on what’s driving the unstoppable transition from coal to other technologies. by Michael O’Boyle May 19, 2017   In April, Department Of Energy Secretary Rick Perry issued a memorandum to his staff asking pointed...

Americans are now twice as likely to work in solar...

CREDIT: Green MPs Americans are now twice as likely to work in solar as in coal Last year, solar accounted for one of every 50 new jobs in the United States. ThinkProgress | By Jeremy Deaton In his first hour as president, Donald Trump promised to resurrect middle-class manufacturing jobs in the United States. It will be all but impossible for him to reverse the tides of globalization and automation, but the future may...

China and India Make Big Strides on Climate Change

Credit Tim Peacock China and India Make Big Strides on Climate Change  By  THE EDITORIAL BOARD MAY 22, 2017 nytimes.com | May 22, 2017 Until recently, China and India have been cast as obstacles, at the very least reluctant conscripts, in the battle against climate change. That reputation looks very much out-of-date now that both countries have greatly accelerated their investments in cost-effective renewable energy sources...

On the Blogs: A New Study Pulls Its Punches, but C...

 Bloomberg BNA: Coal will not return to dominance in the energy sector even with President Donald Trump’s regulatory rollbacks, said a new report claiming to be the first empirical study of the issue. The report, released April 25 by Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, found that implementing Trump’s executive orders to review or rescind Obama-era environmental regulations might stunt the decline in U.S....

Financial Times declares a winner in the war for e...

Wind turbines in California. CREDIT: AP/Noah Berger, File Financial Times declares a winner in the war for energy’s future, and Big Oil won’t be happy ‘Fossil fuels have lost. The rest of the world just doesn’t know it yet.’ ThinkProgress | Traditional energy companies and mainstream financial publications are finally waking up to the new reality: The shift to renewable energy, electric cars, and a low-carbon economy is now...

How Renewables Are to Coal What Email Was to the P...

The Conversation: Posing the question whether wind and solar are killing baseload generators, including coal plants, reveals an antiquated mindset about power markets that hasn’t been relevant in many places for at least a decade. It would be similar to asking in the late 1990s whether email was killing fax machines and snail mail. The answer would have been an unequivocal “yes” followed by cheers of “hallelujah” and “it’s...

West Virginia’s biggest utility just told the gove...

West Virginia’s biggest utility just told the governor burning more coal is “not going to happen”  Quartz| Hands off. (Getty Images/Daniel Berehula) West Virginia is coal country. And so, given Trump’s promise to “put our [coal] miners back to work,” it’s no surprise that the state’s Democratic governor Jim Justice wants his state’s biggest utility to burn more of it. But Chris Beam, president of Appalachian Power, the...