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Group files suit against ODNR for details about pe...

Columbus, OH. Buckeye Environmental Network (BEN) has filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for withholding critical public information, violating Ohio law. Under public records law ORC 149.43, Ohio Department of Natural Recourses should have granted, but instead denied, a file review request by the group’s Executive Director of ODNR files on AquaSalina, a product of oil and gas waste. The...

Solar farms possible at Yellowbud, Buckskin Townsh...

Solar panels are laid out in Mississippi. Ross County officials are mulling over a pair of proposals to bring solar farms to the area.(Photo: Susan Broadbridge, Associated Press) CHILLICOTHE – Two Ross County sites are being looked at as possible future sites of solar farms that could significantly impact the tax base of the school districts and townships in which they are located, as well as the county....

Ohio lawmakers fine-tune renewable energy mandates

COLUMBUS — Ohio utilities would still have to find more of their power from renewable sources like solar and wind but not as much as required by current law under a bill that could soon see a Senate vote. A revised version of House Bill 114 rolled out last week would get rid of the House-passed concept of replacing the mandates with voluntary goals carrying no penalties for failure. The bill also seeks to resolve a four-year...

Coshocton County group opposes company’s effort to...

COSHOCTON — A company operating injection wells in Coshocton County has asked regulators to allow a change in its permitting to accept industrial and other nonhazardous waste fluids instead of just oilfield brine. If Buckeye Brine is successful, it would mark the first time an Ohio Class II injection well was switched to a Class I. Operators say they’ve been pumping oilfield fluids into rock formations deep underground for...

Advanced energy, Ohio manufacturing are crucial to...

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio’s manufacturing heritage could be the starting point of a revolution in advanced-energy technologies, say two analytical policy groups whose emissaries recently visited Cleveland. CNA, a non-profit research and analysis organization with roots in national defense analytical work dating back to World War II, and the Atlantic Council, a think tank created in the early 1960s in support of the...

Personal View: Clean energy is vital to the health...

The health of our community, environment and economy are directly linked. Clean energy is essential to all three, with benefits that ensure a thriving business community and a robust health care system here in Ohio. That is why Ohio businesses and health care institutions are increasingly embracing clean energy and calling on lawmakers to do the same. As the Ohio General Assembly considers policies that would undercut the...

Cleveland clean energy business says Trump tariffs...

The manufacturer of metal parts for the solar industry says tariffs have put it at a “huge disadvantage” against foreign competitors. Talan Products’ metal stamping and aluminum extrusion business was close to clinching a huge contract. Then the announcement of the Trump administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs put the project on an indefinite hold. “It killed a $5 million dollar deal,” said Steve Peplin, founder and CEO...

Wanted: Innovative farmers to help slow algal bloo...

  MCCOMB, OHIO Flat, mosquito infested, and barely passable, the Great Black Swamp once covered 1,500 square miles of northwestern Ohio and neighboring Indiana. Drained and settled in the 19th century, the area includes the farm that Duane Stateler’s great-grandfather started back then. Today, Mr. Stateler and his son raise hogs and grow corn, soybeans, and wheat on the family’s acreage. But for the sake of Lake Erie,...

Personal View: Clean energy is vital to the health...

The health of our community, environment and economy are directly linked. Clean energy is essential to all three, with benefits that ensure a thriving business community and a robust health care system here in Ohio. That is why Ohio businesses and health care institutions are increasingly embracing clean energy and calling on lawmakers to do the same. As the Ohio General Assembly considers policies that would undercut the...

Industries Try to Strip Power from Ohio River̵...

Climate advocates worry the move will weaken water standards and keep coal-burning power plants running longer. The river has a coal plant roughly every 38 miles. More than two dozen coal-fired power plants that line the Ohio River stand to get a break from regional oversight that has helped to dramatically improve water quality in the river, the drinking water source for 5 million people. Electric utilities and other...

Ohio diverts money from coal mine cleanup fund as ...

A $5 million transfer from a fund meant to guarantee environmental cleanup of shuttered coal mines in Ohio could prolong reclamation efforts or leave taxpayers on the hook in the event of unexpected closures. Ohio’s Reclamation Forfeiture Fund is paid into by mining companies to make sure money is available to restore land to its natural state if companies abandon their operations. Reclamation includes treating water...

Q&A: Business group offers Ohio candidates a ...

Ohio’s next governor could grow the state’s economy by supporting clean energy, according to a business group’s policy agenda released last week. Ohio Advanced Energy Economy urged Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Robert Cordray to adopt policies that promote clean energy. The organization is an affiliate of a national association representing companies in the cleantech and renewable energy sectors. Midwest Energy News...

Worthington councilmen pushing for clean-energy pr...

Worthington voters could see a Nov. 6 ballot issue that would give them the option to invest in clean and renewable energy sources. Many details are uncertain, but like the city’s purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates earlier this year, for now the investment likely would be in the industry and its technology rather than direct use of “green” electricity to power their homes. In March, Worthington City Council members...

Conti Solar Begins Construction of Largest Landfil...

EDISON, N.J., May 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage development company, has begun construction on the largest landfill solar project in Ohio. Located in Cuyahoga County, the 4 MW project is owned and operated by IGS Solar, a commercial and residential solar provider and an affiliate company of IGS Energy, one of the largest...

BY MAY 23, OHIO HOUSE COULD VOTE ON HB 393, OIL AN...

HB 393 Fact Sheet Say “NO” to HB393/SB 165, Say “NO” to Oil and Gas Waste on Our Roads Ohio state lawmakers are pushing ahead with Ohio House Bill 393 and Ohio Senate Bill 165 that will allow oil and gas waste, including fracking fluids, to be sold as a “commodity.” These products would be available in stores, and expand the use of hazardous waste as a road deicer by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Oil and gas...