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Inovateus installs solar projects for six Ohio sch...

Inovateus Solar, a Midwest solar developer, and En-Trust, an energy service and finance company for K-12 education, are collaborating on a portfolio of solar and energy efficiency projects for six Ohio school districts. When completed in 2020, the initial ten solar and energy efficiency improvements will provide an average of 25% annual utility savings for each school with escalated additional savings over 30 years....

Test Your Knowledge: Climate Science 101 (QUIZ)

During this time of social distancing, we’re sharing some of our most popular content and invite you to spend some time learning how our climate is changing and how we can solve this crisis together. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, anything resembling normal life is currently on hold — for us here at Climate Reality as much as for millions around the world.That said, social distancing doesn’t have to put the brakes on...

Air Pollution and the Coronavirus: The Connection ...

Most Americans have spent the past couple weeks focused on staying safe and protecting their families during the coronavirus pandemic. For President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), however, this time has been spent differently. Trump’s EPA has been on a mission of late to quickly relax regulations and give fossil fuel companies a free pass to pollute – all at a time when we’re learning that the quality of the...

With Ohio bailout law secured, FirstEnergy Solutio...

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Leaders of a former FirstEnergy subsidiary, which Ohio electricity customers will soon begin paying $150 million annually to subsidize under a nuclear bailout law Ohio officials passed last year, have moved to spend an extra $300 million on repurchasing the company’s own stock. The stock buybacks, meant to benefit corporate shareholders, come less than a year after an aggressive multi-year lobbying...

When Will Renewables Pass Coal? Sooner Than Anyone...

The 750-megawatt Conesville coal-fired power plant in eastern Ohio closed two weeks ago, one of many signals of the decline of coal power. Credit: Michael Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images A milestone in the clean energy transition may arrive earlier than expected, with renewables overtaking coal as a leading source of electricity by the end of this year, according to a forecast by the Energy Information...

Did The Plastics Boom End Before It Even Started?

Three years ago, the UN declared plastic pollution a global crisis, more than three decades after the discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch–a collection of marine debris 2x the size of Texas. The Year 2020 was supposed to be a watershed moment for the plastic industry after dozens of state and local policymakers planned to make the ultimate shift away from plastics. They clearly underestimated the sheer tenacity...

Utilities, gas industry coordinate to oppose Ohio ...

Dominion Energy’s opposition to an Ohio village’s clean energy proposal appears to be part of a larger trend nationwide in which gas utilities are becoming more active at the local government level. Unlike other cases involving bans on new gas hook-ups, however, Bratenahl’s proposed resolution stated a general goal of achieving 100% clean energy, with no specific plan or enforcement provisions. The resolution would have set...

AEP Conesville reaches end of coal-burning era

CONESVILLE — An end of an era was reached Wednesday in Conesville as the American Electric Power plant that started in 1957 ceased production of energy. The plant is targeted for decommissioning on May 31, but plant officials reported the last usable coal on site has been sent to the generation unit. A small staff will remain to shut down the unit and transition to new property owners, who have not been announced yet. Tom...

Study tries to untangle shale gas and coal impacts...

The Yale team conducts water sampling in eastern Ohio. The Yale University project could help residents know where to point a finger when well water becomes contaminated. Rob Reed is happy to have clean well water at his family’s Monroe County, Ohio, fruit farm. But in a region rife with fossil fuel extraction, worries about contamination loom. “It seems like eastern Ohio is always under assault from some entity or another,...

A dirty battle for a nuclear bailout in Ohio

Last July, Ohio’s governor signed House Bill 6 (HB6) to provide FirstEnergy (now Energy Harbor), a large electric utility, with subsidies of nearly $150 million per year to keep its Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear power plants operating. Ohio is only the fifth US state to offer such subsidies; other states include New York, Illinois, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Although the subsidies are justified by some as necessary for...

After months of delay, Ohio solar projects gain si...

Martin Abegglen / Flickr / Creative Commons Board Chair Samuel Randazzo, who unexpectedly demanded further review of the projects, says his concerns are now resolved. The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved three utility-scale solar projects following a delay demanded last fall by the board’s chair, Samuel Randazzo. The siting board on Thursday approved the 80-megawatt Nestlewood solar project that will be built on about...

Critics say Ohio proposal to bar foreign ownership...

The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Lawmakers here are considering a constitutional amendment that critics say sends a message to the world’s renewable energy developers that the state is not interested in their business. A proposed constitutional amendment would prevent foreign ownership of power plants and other “critical infrastructure.” A proposed constitutional amendment in Ohio to ban foreign ownership of power...

Dark money dominated Ohio’s nuclear subsidy saga

OHIO: FirstEnergy’s generation subsidiary paid nearly $2 million to a special interest group that orchestrated ads, political donations, and other efforts behind Ohio’s nuclear and coal bailout. (Energy News Network) FirstEnergy Solutions paid nearly $2 million to at least one group, but most other data remains hidden. After-the-fact filings show that FirstEnergy’s generation subsidiary paid nearly $2 million to Generation...

Ohio House OKs use of oil and gas brine for road d...

COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation allowing brine from vertical oil and gas drilling to be used for road de-icing, despite concerns that the salty liquid contains dangerous and radioactive chemicals. House Bill 393, which heads to the Senate after passing the House 52-31, is touted by supporters as a way to promote the use of a product that is a safer and less corrosive...

A ‘Green Stimulus’ Could Battle Three ...

“As a nation we face three converging crises: the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession; the climate emergency; and extreme inequality.” That’s the warning from progressive policy experts, climate leaders, and academics who have joined together to support a new “Green Stimulus” plan that calls for “at least $2 trillion that creates millions of family-sustaining green jobs,...