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Panel: Methane leak capture could add millions to ...

Ohio oil and gas drillers could use existing technology to find and fix most methane leaks at little or no cost to their bottom lines, according to experts on a recent panel at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Better still: leak detection could create new jobs and revenue, boosting the state’s economy and helping to curb a potent greenhouse gas responsible for about a quarter of manmade global warming...

Plans to allow mining, logging and more all-purpos...

Debate is already underway through public meetings and on social media over draft plans to allow mining and logging of hundreds of acres and expanding by miles all-purpose vehicle trails in some of Ohio’s 21 forests. Ohioans have just under a month to submit any concerns or other comments in writing to the state’s Division of Forestry, which has published drafts online of annual work plans for the forests. Combined, the...

Proposed Icebreaker wind project is not what it se...

It is hard to know where to start dissecting the slick spin-doctoring recently published in The Blade’s Op-Ed pages by LEEDCo, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp., which wants to erect North America’s first freshwater offshore wind-turbines in central Lake Erie off Cleveland. So-doing would reach far beyond the scope of a newspaper “op-ed.” Beth Nagusky, LEEDCo’s director of sustainable development, is a master at...

Let’s keep mileage goals and clean up our air

Opinion/Editorial: Posted Aug 8, 2018 at 5:00 AM    Central Ohio got the worrisome news on Friday that air quality here is subpar. That came just two days after the new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defended a White House proposal to significantly relax fuel-economy standards for new cars. The irony is obvious, but not surprising; it falls right in line with President Donald Trump’s enthusiasm for backward...

Big Coal joins fight against Lake Erie green energ...

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Boaters and birders have been upfront about their opposition to the six-turbine Icebreaker Wind project planned for Lake Erie, but a new, powerful voice of resistance has recently emerged: Big Coal. In documents and sworn statements filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board on Thursday, the wind farm developers presented evidence that Murray Energy Corp. has been bankrolling anti-Icebreaker consultants,...

New wind farm in Randolph County will help power F...

More than 50 new turbines will be built and installed throughout Randolph County in the year ahead, as part of a new, $300 million investment. New wind farm in Randolph County will help power Facebook data center in Ohio (New Albany). RANDOLPH COUNTY, Ind.– Rural eastern Indiana will soon be home to a hefty, $300 million wind energy investment expected to be utilized in part by Facebook at its Midwest data center. More than...

Renewables on the Rise: Ohio Increases Solar Capac...

Yes, 2,600% We did a double take too! Columbus, Ohio – As the Trump Administration puts efforts into weakening the Clean Power Plan, renewable energy is still increasing in Ohio. According to a ​new report​ by Environment Ohio Research & Policy Center, Ohio went from producing 1 Gigawatt hour of solar energy and 15 GWh of wind energy in 2008, to now producing 260 GWh of solar energy and 1,563 GWh of wind energy....

(Ohio Rep.) Cera unveils new coal research project...

COLUMBUS — Ohio Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, announced Tuesday the approval of about $1 million in funding by the Ohio Coal Technical Advisory Committee on which Rep. Cera serves. The grants will go toward pilot programs that explore novel uses for coal and associated byproducts. Cera highlighted two projects that explore methods of extracting rare earth elements from coal. REEs have emerged as an essential component for...

City (Athens, Ohio) water treatment plant gets new...

A capital improvement project at the Athens Water Treatment Plant on West State Street includes the installation of new solar panels, along with other energy-saving measures. According to Plant Manager Shawn Beasley, the installation process is still under way, but should be complete soon. “I would say they’re 80 to 90 percent done with the installation right now,” Beasley said in a phone interview July 18, adding that the...

Cuyahoga’s solar farm nearly complete, first...

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The state’s first solar array built on a landfill is nearly complete and should begin generating power in test mode by the end of this month. Columbus-based IGS Solar developed the 4 megawatt (4 million watts) array on 17 acres it leased from the City of Brooklyn’s former 75-acre landfill. The array should go on-line in August. Cleveland Public Power is buying all of the output of the IGS...

Embracing clean energy could bring $25B in investm...

Embracing clean energy could bring $25B in investment in Ohio Thursday, July 19, 2018 by Robert McCarthy New energy technologies “could lead to $25 billion in new investment in Ohio and support another 20,000 jobs,” a recent study shows, according to an article in Columbus Business First. Massachusetts-based Synapse Energy Economics and Case Western Reserve University’s Great Lakes Energy Institute, who conducted the study,...

No Longer a Novelty, Clean Energy Technologies Boo...

Last year, the U.S. produced a record amount of solar power, generating 39 times more solar power than a decade ago. In 2008, solar produced 0.05 percent of electricity in the U.S. But by the end of 2017, solar generation reached more than 2 percent of the electricity mix — enough to power 7 million average American homes. Wind has also seen dramatic growth over the last decade. From 2008 through 2017, American wind energy...

Cincinnati named one of Top 25 most environmentall...

To find the most eco-conscious destinations across the country, Insider consulted a range of sources, including Siemens’ Green City Index for the US and Canada, which measures and rates the environmental performance of 27 cities in North America, and WalletHub’s 2017 list of the greenest cities in America, which compares 100 of the largest cities in the US across 22 “green” indicators like median...

Couple plans for renewable energy of solar panels ...

Randy and Renee Ruchotzke have installed enough solar panels on their house in Kent to power everything in their house and an electric car. Most of the solar panels are on the sunny side of the house, with a couple on the front. YellowLite, a solar energy contractor of Cleveland, installed the 22 panels in March, and they were operational by April. The system cost the husband and wife $17,000. Renee said they took out an...

Families and business owners near Perry State Fore...

PERRY COUNTY, Ohio — There’s a rumbling in Perry State Forest where coal mining could return by the end of this year if a permit is approved. Families who live and work near a proposed mining site don’t want it there. They say it would be a disruption to the beauty of the forest and their lives. Lauren Ketcham is co-owner of Down the Road Farm. The name spells out her vision. “Our name Down the Road, one of the reasons...