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Map shows political divide on climate, common grou...

A majority of both Republicans and Democrats throughout Ohio favor clean energy policies, such as regulating carbon dioxide emissions as a pollutant and more government funding for renewable energy, according to a new interactive map. Moreover, people would favor those policies despite substantial divides on acceptance of climate change science and perceptions of risk from climate change impacts, said Anthony Leiserowitz at...

Tougher setback rules for wind turbines generate c...

Gary Baldosser, who farms 2,000 acres in Seneca County’s Adams Township, is a strong proponent of the Republic Wind project and is eager to get at least one of its 66 wind turbines erected on his property. The Blade/Tom Henry Buy This Image GREEN SPRINGS, Ohio — Ohio’s highly contentious debate over setback requirements for massive wind turbines is being played out in rural Seneca and Sandusky counties, where a company...

Army engineers warn of brutal future for Ohio Rive...

Story Highlights More intense rain will cause river levels to surge, straining dams, flood control systems Drought threatens drinking water supplies, river navigation and power generation Report outlines steps that can be taken to help communities brace for climate change. Report is first of its kind for the cities and landscapes that drain into the Ohio River Climate change will push the Ohio River and its tributaries...

Rally to Protect the Wayne National Forest on Dece...

Wayne National Forest up for sale! from Teresa Mills,  On December 14th the fourth auction of Wayne National Forest to gas and oil will be held, despite continued public outcry. The fracked gas from these wells will feed into Energy Transfer Partners’ Rover Pipeline, which is currently under construction, and will go under the Ohio River and through Wayne National Forest’s Proclamation Boundary. The US Forest...

New Ohio law would allow the sale of drilling brin...

A new Ohio House bill would allow the sale of commercialized brine produced during fracking and oil drilling for use on roadways — something Athens’ city officials plan to oppose. Ohio House Bill 393, introduced by Ohio State Representatives Anthony Devitis, R, and Michael J. O’Brien, D, would allow the “sale of brine as a commodity for surface applications.” That would mean that brine, a byproduct of oil and gas drilling,...

Advocates say recent net metering changes could sl...

Recent rule changes in Ohio would not fully reward solar energy and other renewable resources for the flexibility they bring to the market, say advocates. On November 8, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio released new net metering rules on how utilities compensate customers who supply their own excess generation to the grid. Compared to rule changes adopted in 2014, the changes reduce the amount customers get, limit...

New connection technology is cutting cost of solar...

The ConnectDER device allows a solar array to be connected directly to the meter, eliminating the need for electrical work inside the home. Utility customers in Ohio and Nebraska are among those taking advantage of a new and simpler technique for connecting solar arrays and other renewable energy systems to the grid. ConnectDER, as it’s known, generally eliminates the need to enter a home and it greatly reduces the amount of...

Oberlin City Council Rejects NEXUS Offer For Easem...

The NEXUS pipeline, which was recently approved for construction by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will be running through the southernmost part of Oberlin. City Council held an emergency meeting Saturday, deciding to reject a $3,500 offer from NEXUS for means of access. The offer would have given NEXUS the legal right to use city property without owning it, granting the company the ability to begin building its...

AEP Exec: The Future for Coal Power Is ‘Very Limit...

American Electric Power plans to spend $1.8 billion on wind and solar over the next three years as it shifts away from coal. When Charles Patton joined American Electric Power in 2000, around 90 percent of the company’s electricity production came from coal. Since then, AEP’s executive vice president of external affairs says things have changed dramatically. “I will confess, there was a time I wouldn’t have publicly...

PUCO ruling expected to shrink credits paid for se...

Central Ohioans who have rooftop solar panels receive a credit on their electric bills for selling excess power back into the grid. After a ruling Wednesday by state utility regulators, that credit is likely to shrink. For an American Electric Power customer, the credit would be reduced by about 30 percent. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio issued the 3-0 ruling in a case dealing with the rules for so-called “net...

A New Green Future Is Building on Lake Erie

Cleveland is on track to lead a nascent offshore wind industry in the U.S., creating clean energy and jobs for a city in need of both. Lorry Wagner has spent more than a decade attempting to convince the world that Cleveland has all the ingredients to be a giant in the world of renewable wind energy. The argument hasn’t always worked, but the president of the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LeedCo), by now, has...

Despite Trump promises, uncertainty reigns in Ohio...

A plan by the Trump administration to rescue uneconomic coal plants has done little to ease the pall of anxiety hanging over two Ohio River counties. By next June, Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) will close two coal-fired plants in Adams County, Ohio — the 2,318-megawatt coal-fired J.M. Stuart Station, opened in 1971, and the 618-megawatt Killen Station, started 11 years later. Less than a year after DP&L announced its...

Ohio lawmakers should follow the lead of the busin...

As the Ohio Senate considers House Bill 114, a proposal that would dismantle the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards, lawmakers should consider the significant opportunities for clean energy investment in the Buckeye State. In September, General Motors announced it would power its Ohio manufacturing plants in Toledo, Parma, Lordstown, and Defiance entirely with wind energy in 2018. In August, Facebook...

Group recruits standing solar army

In move designed to articulate more effectively its role in uniting solar consumers for the fights around the country for solar-friendly policies, Community Power Network relaunches as Solar United Neighbors. At nearly every meeting where two or more solar professionals gather, one can hear an achingly familiar refrain: “If 90% of Americans support solar, why can’t we ever get them behind us on the big policy fights we...

Driving to work solo? Smart Columbus wants you to ...

If metro Columbus adds 1 million residents over the next 30 years, as projected, what happens to traffic? Smart Columbus isn’t waiting to find out. Last month, the public-private transportation initiative launched a program with 40 of the region’s largest employers to reduce the rate of single-person commuting and encourage electric vehicle ownership. “We need to start now, changing (habits) and embracing more alternative...