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Clean Energy Polling | People of Ohio Have Spoken

The people of Ohio have spoken and their opinion on clean energy is clear: they want more of it, they’re willing to pay extra for it, and they want their lawmakers to support policies that will encourage it.   Ohioans have made their position clear: a recent poll demonstrates overwhelming support for policies that encourage greater production of renewable energy and increasing energy efficiency   Vast majorities...

How Volkswagen turned from diesel pariah into elec...

Three years ago, Volkswagen AG was in the depths of scandal because it lied about the emissions of its diesel cars. As 2019 begins, it has emerged as the most disruptive player in the business of selling a different kind of fuel: the electrons that move electric cars. This is a direct result of its diesel cheating. Ordered by U.S. and California officials to build a $2 billion profit-seeking business in electric vehicle...

Energy storage set to enter the big time in 2019, ...

By most measures, 2018 was a long-anticipated breakout year for batteries, with record volumes of investment flowing into research, product development and manufacturing as prices plummeted, governments established new policies supporting energy storage and mass markets emerged for electric vehicles and electrochemical energy storage. That progress, though uneven across U.S. and international markets, sets the stage for a...

What Ohio’s latest net metering ruling means for u...

Utility regulators ruled last month that customers who shop around for power suppliers are still eligible for net metering. Ohio utility customers can participate in net metering regardless of whether they shop around for a power provider, but they will only be credited for generation on part of their electric bill under the latest ruling by state utility regulators. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s December 19...

How we can combat climate change

Last year’s report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sounded the alarm: The world has until 2030 to implement “rapid and far-reaching” changes to our energy, infrastructure and industrial systems to avoid 2 degrees Celsius of warming, which could be catastrophic. But the scale of the challenge can appear so overwhelming that it’s hard to know where to start. The Post asked activists, politicians and...

New Zero-Energy Homes Almost to Cost Parity

A new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute finds cost parity is nearly a reality in some locations in the U.S. If you had a choice between building new homes that meet basic standards and building comfortable, healthy homes that dramatically cut energy bills, which would you prefer? How about if the low-energy homes cost the same (or nearly the same) as a standard home to build? If the cost is relatively equal, shouldn’t...

With More Electric and Hybrid Cars on the Road, St...

Critics argue that the revenue raised isn’t worth weakening the incentives to buy more environmentally friendly vehicles. General Motors may have pulled the plug in late November on its award-winning hybrid, the Chevy Volt, but electric vehicles (EVs) are far from dead. While they may only account for little more than 1 percent of all light-duty cars sold in the U.S. today, their share is quickly growing. EV sales were...

9 Renewable Energy Highlights of 2018

Despite the Trump administration’s ongoing attempts to prop up coal and undermine renewables—at FERC, EPA and through tariffs and the budget process—2018 should instead be remembered for the surge in momentum toward a clean energy economy. Here are nine storylines that caught my attention this past year and help illustrate the unstoppable advancement of renewable energy and other modern grid technologies. 1. California...

The Farm Bureau: Big Oil’s Unnoticed Ally Fighting...

While big oil and gas companies provided the cash for anti-regulation campaigns, the farm lobby offered up a sympathetic face: the American farmer. When Republican Rep. Steve Scalise stepped to the dais in the U.S. House of Representatives in July and implored his colleagues to denounce a carbon tax, he didn’t reach for dire predictions made by the fossil fuel titans that pushed for the resolution. Instead, he talked...

Worthington’s electricity-aggregation process will...

With the approval of issue 39 in November, Worthington officials are moving forward with a plan for the city to buy electricity in bulk. The plan was proposed by Worthington City Council members David Robinson and Doug Smith in March and sent to the ballot in June by City Council. The measure allows the city to explore the possibility of becoming a governmental aggregator, a community that buys energy on behalf of its...

How to sort out good-faith questions about climate...

Sure, there are trolls out there – but don’t rule out productive conversations with others because of them. The comment haunted me in its wrongness: “One volcanic eruption dwarfs human CO2.” I jumped in. “No, not even close, Don. Humans emit 100 times the CO2 that volcanoes do, every single year. Your willingness to spread false information doesn’t speak too highly of your judgment.” My finger hovered over the...

81% of Voters Support a Green New Deal, Survey Fin...

It’s been little over a month since newly-elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez joined some 200 young climate activists for a sit-in in soon-to-be House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office to demand that Democrats back a Green New Deal, a plan to transform the U.S. energy economy in order to stave off climate change and promote greater equality. Since then, support has ballooned for the revolutionary...

Germany’s green transition has hit a brick wall

More people are finally beginning to realize that supplying the world with sufficient, stable energy solely from sun and wind power will be impossible. Germany took on that challenge, to show the world how to build a society based entirely on “green, renewable” energy. It has now hit a brick wall. Despite huge investments in wind, solar and biofuel energy production capacity, Germany has not reduced CO2 emissions over the...

Pitt Ohio’s new Parma facility boasts innova...

PARMA, Ohio — Construction continues on Pitt Ohio’s new 100,000-square-foot Chevrolet Boulevard trucking terminal, with recently added structures turning heads for their futuristic design. It turns out that the vertical wind turbines are part of the Pittsburgh-based trucking company’s $3.3 million investment to build the facility’s microgrid, which will also include solar panels, in an effort to make...

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...