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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...

Another Fracking Time Bomb Lurks Beneath U.S.

You’ve heard about the earthquakes, the controversial claims of flammable tap water, the potential contamination of streams, lakes and drinking water aquifers, but the system that’s supposed to pay for these calamities may itself be a pending disaster. Most states protect taxpayers from cleanup costs by requiring oil and gas producers to buy a surety bond that will pay in the event of a disaster. But those bond...

PlanetPolicy – The galvanized world response...

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement is bad for the U.S. and bad for the world, but has galvanized global commitments to the goals of climate stabilization and to the agreement itself. The decision itself is a major error. The loss of American leadership hurts the ability of the international community to reach our scientifically grounded, global, long-term goals for reducing...

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...

If the Arctic Refuge isn’t protected, no pub...

President Trump is taking aim at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. His proposed federal budget would open the Refuge to extensive oil drilling and industrial development. The Arctic Refuge, often referred to as “America’s greatest wilderness,” is one of the most beautiful, yet fragile places in the world. If our leaders are willing to allow drilling in places as pristine and vulnerable as the Arctic Refuge, then none of...

What you need to know about the Ohio legislature’s...

 As you read this article, a debate about the future of public lands in this country is taking place. Who wins this debate will determine whether or not the natural places that make our nation and state special are here for future generations to enjoy. While unprecedented attacks on national parks and forests are happening in our nation’s capital, threats to public lands don’t stop at the federal level. Ohio’s state parks...

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...

Critics say Ohio utility’s proposed fixed charge i...

Proposed rate changes for American Electric Power’s Ohio utility customers could unduly burden the grid by discouraging energy efficiency and distributed generation, according to critics. At issue is AEP’s proposal to increase fixed charges for its Ohio utility customers by more than twice the current rate—from $8.40 per month to $18.40 per month by 2018. An evidentiary hearing in the case is currently set to start on June...

Mill Creek MetroParks wants exemption from state b...

YOUNGSTOWN Mill Creek MetroParks has joined with other park districts across the state in opposing a provision in the proposed state budget that pertains to oil and gas drilling. House Bill 49, which passed the Ohio House of Representatives and is now going through Senate committees, allows public entities such as park districts to be placed in an oil and gas “unit,” which joins together a combination of land tracts for the...

Indiana’s governor just signed a law that will cri...

Solar panels on a barn in Indiana. CREDIT: Rectify Solar Indiana’s governor just signed a law that will cripple the state’s solar industry Gov. Eric Holcomb just slashed incentives for rooftop solar. ThinkProgress | By Jeremy Deaton and Laura A. Shepard In Indiana, solar employs nearly three times as many people as natural gas, according to the Department of Energy. You might think, given the numbers, that legislators would...

After five years, Illinois smart grid buildout sho...

After five years, Illinois smart grid buildout showing results After five years, Illinois smart grid buildout showing results Written By  David J. Unger April 27, 2017 Midwest Energy News | 2017-04-27T06:00:00+00:00 Over the past half decade, Illinois utilities have spent billions on building out a smarter, cleaner and more efficient power grid. While the changes are not without controversy, utilities say reliability has...