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Regulators urged to reverse ‘net metering’ decisio...

Ohio officials made a serious mistake with a recent ruling that will discourage the use of renewable energy systems at homes and businesses, said environmental advocates Wednesday during a rare hearing before state regulators. Utility companies supported the recent policy shift that reduces some of the financial incentives of using the systems, which include solar panels and wind turbines. The Public Utilities Commission of...

Coal’s death spiral, in 3 charts

The latest reports suggest that coal has the equivalent of black-lung disease: the condition is chronic, and the long-term prognosis is dire. Power companies plan to shutter more than 10 big coal plants in 2018, extinguishing a major portion of coal burning in the United States (see the map below). According to projections released by the Energy Information Administration this week, coal-fired plants will produce less than...

GOP voters support green energy, oppose coal, nucl...

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Conservative Ohio voters, whether Independent or Republican, are tired of utilities asking for special charges for coal and nuclear power plants, support mandatory energy-efficiency programs, favor home solar systems and are willing to pay higher monthly bills for renewable energy. These are findings in a poll commissioned by the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum reveal grassroot attitudes are at odds...

A Coal Executive Switched to Building Solar Plants...

Jim Lamon is the kind of businessman that Donald Trump would like. And Lamon is the kind of businessman who likes Trump. The CEO of Depcom Power grew up in Alabama, served in the Air Force for six years and spent decades constructing the kinds of coal-fired power plants Trump likes to tout. He’s contributed thousands of dollars to Republican causes, including Trump’s victory fund. But a few years ago, Lamon saw that coal’s...

Industry Leaders Make Last-Ditch Effort to Steer T...

“Obviously, there’s only one person who knows the answer to this, and trying to get inside his head is bananas.” President Trump has two weeks left to decide whether to impose trade remedies on imported solar equipment. If he follows the guidance of his advisers, big changes could be coming to the solar industry. E&E News reported that Trump is expected to receive a formal recommendation to move forward with trade...

Iowa County (Johnson) embarking on Solarize progra...

Solarize Johnson County will be the second of its kind in Iowa IOWA CITY — On the heels of Iowa’s first Solarize program in Linn County last year, officials in Johnson County plan to embark on their own program — which incentivizes private solar development through volume purchasing prices. Becky Soglin, Johnson County sustainability coordinator, said Wednesday. Solarize Johnson County will help residents get involved in the...

THE U.S. SHALE OIL INDUSTRY: Swindling & Stea...

While the U.S. Shale Energy Industry continues to borrow money to produce uneconomical oil and gas, there is another important phenomenon that is not understood by the analyst community.  The critical factor overlooked by the media is the fact that the U.S. shale industry is swindling and stealing energy from other areas to stay alive.  Let me explain. First, let’s take a look at some interesting graphs done by the Bloomberg...

EPA moves to replace Obama-era climate rule

U.S. EPA today is taking a first step toward potentially replacing the Obama administration’s signature climate rule. The agency released a notice asking the public for comment on what a replacement rule for Obama’s Clean Power Plan should look like. “EPA is considering proposing emission guidelines to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing electric utility generating units (EGUs) and is...

Column: Green jobs are essential to Wisconsin̵...

Throughout 2017, Wisconsinites kept hearing an old argument: jobs versus the environment. We must choose, we are told, between a healthy environment and a strong economy. Nonsense. In fact, during this age of global warming, one of the best ways to build a robust economy is to protect the environment and promote clean energy. And ignoring the effects of climate change hurts our economy. In October, the nonpartisan Government...

Wind power blows past coal in Texas

Wind power, by one important measure, surpassed coal last month to become the second-largest electricity source in Texas, yet another milestone in the state’s march toward greater reliance on renewable energy. When a 155-megawatt wind farm in West Texas began commercial operation this month, it helped push the state’s wind power capacity even higher, to more 20,000 megawatts, surpassing 19,800 megawatts of...

One of the country’s biggest oil fields just turne...

The Belridge oil field near Bakersfield, Calif., is one of the largest in the country. It has been producing oil for more than a century and last year produced about 76,000 barrels a day, according to Aera Energy, its operator. But the oil field is about to become even more remarkable. Its future production operations will be partly powered by a massive solar energy project that will make the oil extraction process more...

In Michigan, study shows utility energy savings mo...

Michigan utilities spend tens of millions of dollars each year on rebates, energy audits and other programs to help customers cut their energy bills. Most of that spending isn’t helping the customers who could use the savings the most, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan. The study from the school’s Urban Energy Justice Lab found energy efficiency programs at Michigan’s two largest utilities...

World Bank to Discontinue Support for Oil and Gas ...

National Observer (Canada): The World Bank has confirmed that it will stop financing upstream oil and gas projects after 2019 except under exceptional circumstances in the world’s poorest countries. The global financial institution made the announcement at climate summit in Paris on Tuesday, which took place roughly two years after the historic COP21 climate conference in the same city. At Tuesday’s summit, French insurance...

Coal Power In A ‘Death Spiral’ In Europe, Where Mo...

Maybe someone should tell Donald Trump. Coal power is in a “death spiral” in the European Union, with 54 percent of its coal plants losing money, according to a new report published Friday. Ninety-seven percent of the EU’s 619 coal plants will be losing money by 2030, according to the analysis from U.K. nonprofit Carbon Tracker, which looked at the profitability of every coal plant. Under current phase-out plans, only 27...

General Electric to cut 12,000 jobs in power busin...

ZURICH/LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – General Electric Co (GE.N) said Thursday it is axing 12,000 jobs at its global power business, the struggling industrial conglomerate’s latest effort to shrink itself into a more focused company. The U.S. company launched the cuts to save $1 billion in 2018 at its Power business, saying it expects dwindling demand for fossil fuel power plants to continue. GE’s cuts follow a decision by...