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How Fossil Fuel Allies Are Tearing Apart Ohio̵...

With scare studies, policy drafts and political donations, industry groups turned Ohio lawmakers against policies they once overwhelmingly supported. This ICN story was also published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. COLUMBUS, Ohio—On March 30, Bill Seitz, a charismatic Republican, took to the floor of the Ohio House to make a case for gutting a 2008 law designed to speed the adoption of solar and wind as significant sources...

Climate change impacts report presents risks, oppo...

Clean energy advocates hope the increased threats highlighted in the federal report will push the state to embrace climate action. Clean energy advocates say last month’s federal report on climate change underscores the need for action in Ohio, which faces increased risks from flooding, heat and pollution, according to the report. “There is dire certainty if we do not act on climate: loss of clean energy investment to other...

LG Fuel Cell Systems quitting Ohio after receiving...

NORTH CANTON, Ohio — LG Fuel Cell Systems is shutting the doors on its Fuel Cell Prototyping Center, laying off about 70 employees and unilaterally ending a 12-year relationship with the state of Ohio and Stark State College. The state spent $4.7 million to build the lab on the Stark State campus in 2006 for Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems and SOFCo-EFS Holdings, a small Ohio company that had developed a fuel-cell and...

Proposed Unconventional Oil & Gas Well Emissi...

Ohio EPA News Releases epa.ohio.gov 1 min read 11/20/18 PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160 MEDIA CONTACT: Heidi Griesmer CITIZEN CONTACT: Mary McCarron Ohio EPA Requests Early Stakeholder Input for Potential Oil and Gas Rules Ohio EPA is requesting early stakeholder input until Dec. 19, 2018, on potential rules that would cover air pollution emissions from existing non-conventional oil and gas facilities that are not...

AEP’s bid for Ohio’s largest solar far...

Business, construction and development leaders in Appalachia are rallying in support of AEP’s plan to build the largest solar farm in Ohio history. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio held its first public hearing on AEP Ohio’s plan to build two significant solar farms in Highland County: Highland Solar Farm, which would come in at 300 megawatts, and Willowbrook Solar Farm, at 100 megawatts. If completed, the...

Weakening methane standards will hurt SE Ohioans

In mid-November, I traveled to Colorado to give testimony to the federal EPA regarding the rollback of methane standards that are vital to our community. I work for the Ohio Environmental Council as their southeast Ohio regional director, but I testified to amplify my own voice, as well as the voice of my neighbors as someone directly affected by methane pollution. Our region is at the epicenter of the Utica Shale deposit...

AEP launches program to put electric car charging ...

AEP Ohio is setting aside $10 million to help bring hundreds more electric vehicle charging stations statewide. The in-state subsidiary of Columbus-based AEP Corp. wants to put in about 375 charging stations at public sites, workplaces and apartment complexes. The project is a partnership with Smart Columbus, and AEP said that “information collected through this EV charging program will help cities and regions around...

Smart Columbus offering $3K EV rebates to taxis, U...

Individual rideshare drivers for services including Uber and Lyft can apply for $3,000 grants toward an electric vehicle under expansion of a Smart Columbus program that had been open only to larger fleets. The public-private initiative on Tuesday announced a new round of $90,000 in incentives for 30 vehicles, funded by the $10 million Paul G. Allen Philanthropies grant toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions that was part...

How to identify people open to evidence about clim...

People resist climate information for varying reasons. Start by understanding your audience.   A confession. That cartoon where someone is hunched over the computer, unable to tear away from furious typing, because someone is wrong on the internet? That was me. Or at least it used to be. As a lifelong scientist and educator, I simply could not let stand an idle comment about volcanoes emitting more CO2 than humans....

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com editorial board: Earth nee...

www.ohio.com 2 mins read In its report last month, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stressed the lateness of the hour. It explained that if countries want to prevent the planet from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, they must reduce current greenhouse emissions 60 percent by 2030 — or in 12 years. The report noted such an achievement would require action at a speed and scale with “no documented...

Critics say Ohio pipeline protest bill is unnecess...

Ohio lawmakers have tweaked a bill meant to deter damage from pipeline protests, but environmental groups, civil liberties advocates and other opponents still say the bill could be unconstitutional. “From our perspective, it still has a whole lot of free speech problems,” said Gary Daniels, chief lobbyist for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. Substitute Senate Bill 250 would make it a crime to knowingly destroy or...

Shading Out Solar: State Policies In Ohio Valley D...

When Jennie and Brian Kahly decided to move to a 150-acre family farm in West Virginia’s Preston County, they thought a lot about what type of farmers they wanted to be. “We went ahead and made a list of values, and one of those values was to minimize our fossil fuel use,” Jennie said. “That doesn’t mean we don’t use fossil fuels. It means we make a conscious effort to minimize them.” Installing solar panels was high on...

Solar’s future brightens in southern Ohio

CHILLICOTHE – If it seems like the sun is shining more brightly on the future of solar farm development in southern Ohio than elsewhere in the state, that’s because it is, both literally and figuratively. “There was a knowledge from our past work that it wasn’t just the best place to build solar for social and economic reasons, it was also the best place to build solar because of the solar...

Wind turbines coming to Erie and Huron counties (O...

Bellvue, Ohio – Apex Clean Energy, which has an office in Bellevue, plans to invest millions into Erie and Huron counties over a 30-year period through the Emerson Creek Wind Project. “Wind turbines pay property tax — with 70 percent going to the school districts — so you’re going to see a major increase in the tax base in the area,” project developer Sarah Moser said. “That’s probably the biggest economic benefit, is...

Why Plans to Turn America’s Rust Belt into a New P...

The petrochemical industry anticipates spending a total of over $200 billion on factories, pipelines, and other infrastructure in the U.S. that will rely on shale gas, the American Chemistry Council announced in September. Construction is already underway at many sites. This building spree would dramatically expand the Gulf Coast’s petrochemical corridor (known locally as “Cancer Alley”) — and establish a new plastics and...