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A new brand of Republicans: The rise of conservati...

Sarah Spence is a Republican through and through. Her dad taught her how to shoot a gun when she was around 14. As a teenager, she baby-sat for the children of conservative candidates for the Ohio House. President Donald Trump won more than 75 percent of the vote where she’s from: Oak Hill, a southern Ohio coal- and brick-producing village with a population of 1,551. “When I left, my parents said, ‘Please...

Top Clean Cars and Trucks of 2018

Some of the cleanest cars you can buy today are powered by electricity, though the emissions of an electric vehicle (EV) varies depending on where it is plugged in. Even though parts of the U.S. still partially rely on coal fired power, the average EV sold in the U.S. produces the emissions equivalent of a gas vehicle that gets 73 MPG, and more than 70 percent of Americans live in an area where driving an EV results in fewer...

Study: Solar and Wind Won’t Break the Grid

A new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) shows that major power systems are able to cope quite well with increasing shares of intermittent renewables, if the right measures are taken. The study says that increased generation of these renewables does not make the grid less reliable or compromise security of supply. Critics of renewable energy have often warned that there are strict...

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. 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 of electricity in the state. The law, he warned, “is like...

What India’s Solar Tariff Exemption Could Mean for...

New documents show that a few countries with significant solar manufacturing facilities are exempt from Trump’s new solar tariffs, which could help U.S. developers. The exemption could be meaningful for Adani, the largest cell and module manufacturer in India. The market impact from new solar tariffs announced earlier this week is shaping up to be less severe than it could have been. But while analysts don’t expect...

What past experience tells us about the impact of ...

On January 22, President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on solar panels in what he called an effort to “create jobs in America for Americans.” The move prompted widespread criticism from both solar and free trade advocates. While the president argued that solar companies would “com[e] back strong” with the addition of “a lot of jobs,” the Solar Energy Industry Association, which represents the full spectrum of the U.S. solar...

Solar Jobs Fall for First Time Since 2010

The U.S. solar industry lost 9,800 jobs last year, the first decline ever recorded since 2010, according to The Solar Foundation‘s latest National Solar Jobs Census. This 3.8 percent decline was driven by a number of factors, from a slowdown of utility-scale and residential solar installations to the industry’s uncertainty over President Trump‘s tariffs on imported solar panels. “After six years of...

New global player CATL sets EV battery sights on E...

The next global powerhouse in the auto industry comes from a small city in a tea-growing province of southeast China, where an unheralded maker of electric-vehicle batteries is planning a $1.3 billion (8.2 billion yuan) factory with enough capacity to surpass the output of Tesla and dwarf the suppliers for battery-powered cars by GM, Nissan and Audi. Contemporary Amperex Technology, or CATL, already sells the most batteries...

Job Growth From Renewable Energy Sparks Conservati...

Renewable energy has begun to gain the support of conservative groups as it becomes more economically viable. One such group is the recently formed Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum, which aims to educate conservatives about energy possibilities in the state. According to their website, the organization supports the development of local clean energy, strongly emphasizing the economic benefits that renewable energy already...

In 2018, expect ‘clean energy’ to be cheap energy...

The central fact that will drive the energy industry worldwide in 2018, profoundly affecting businesses, consumers and policymakers, is that “clean energy” is now “cheap energy.” Fossil fuel extraction is expensive. It is giving way to cheaper, more flexible technologies, primarily renewables like wind and solar, and electric vehicles. These shifts will change investment decisions, business models, household usage,...

White House seeks 72 percent cut to clean energy r...

The Trump administration is poised to ask Congress for deep budget cuts to the Energy Department’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, slashing them by 72 percent overall in fiscal 2019, according to draft budget documents obtained by The Washington Post. Many of the sharp cuts would likely be restored by Congress, but President Trump’s budget due out in February will mark a starting point for negotiations and...

Green Energy Ohio — Newark Event

            I want to invite you to attend the first of Green Energy Ohio’s regional events to solicit input on our 2018 agenda.  Details are in this note and in the attached invitation — please feel free to circulate or post through Licking County Concerned Citizens.  Let me know if there are other people or groups who you think might be interested and I will send a note to them as...

Can states deliver on climate promises?

One of the great challenges in climate policy remains translation of lofty pledges and proclamations into actual policy that is subsequently launched, proves sustainable over time, and ultimately delivers on its expected performance goals. The two decades following the Kyoto Protocol feature some major achievements in carbon pricing and other mitigation policies. But they are also littered with numerous failures and...

Don’t let Trump’s solar tariff scare you. There’s ...

The president’s new tariff will hurt Americans more than the Chinese. On Monday, the White House announced Trump was putting a 30 percent tariff on imported solar cells and panels to retaliate against China’s efforts to corner the world market. Since some 80 percent of panels are imported, it’s hard for either consumers or businesses to avoid this new Trump tax. For Americans considering a shift to solar power, the new...

Macron: France Will Shut All Coal-Fired Power Stat...

France will shut down all of its coal-fired power plants by 2021, President Emmanuel Macron announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The deadline is two years ahead of his predecessor Francois Hollande’s goal of shutting down France’s coal-powered plants by 2023. France only produces around 1 percent of its energy from coal-fired stations, as the country is 99 percent dependent on hydrocarbon...