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Ohio could generate 20,000 jobs with better energy...

The changing transportation industry could bring major jobs and investment to Ohio if the state has an energy policy in place to promote it, says a coalition of business leaders and industry. A new Powering Ohio report from Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Synapse Energy Economics and Case Western Reserve University’s Great Lakes Energy Institute found new energy technologies could lead to $25 billion in new investment in Ohio...

Green Energy Tide Sweeps Rural America Despite Pus...

The Trump administration may be denying that humans contribute to climate change. But the marketplace is fully accepting such scientific findings. It’s true even in Trump country — or the midwestern United States — that is placing its bets with renewable energy. The president’s skepticism of manmade global warming coincides with his support of fossil fuels — that they have comprised the preponderance of energy use and that...

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...

Report: Big shift to solar power possible in Pa. w...

Pennsylvania has more than enough sun, space and interest to dramatically increase the amount of energy it gets from solar panels by 2030, a study group  led by the state Department of Environmental Protection reported Thursday. But those gains won’t be possible without policy changes that encourage more solar installations, especially large or “grid scale” projects that have been all but absent in the state so far....

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...

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...

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...

Homeowners switch to solar to save money. Some cit...

Jeffrey Hebrank wants to install solar panels on his Highland home to take advantage of federal, state and regional incentives that have created something of a solar boom in Illinois. But a city fee of $25 a month would reduce the savings on his power bill and extend the time it would take to recoup his investment. ”Highland owns its own municipal power plant, so they don’t want us to install solar panels and generate our...

Appalachia Could Get a Giant Solar Farm, If Ohio R...

AEP’s plan would bring jobs to an impoverished region, but its structure would break the established regulatory mold in a state that has pushed back on renewables. Appalachian Ohio, a region hurt by the decline of coal, may become home to one of the largest solar projects east of the Rockies. American Electric Power submitted a plan Thursday evening to work with two developers to build 400 megawatts of solar in...

Decentralized micro-grids could be the next big th...

A new report concludes that microgrid technologies could make a local “techno-economy” 90 percent self-sufficient, paving the way for a truly renewable society. When it comes to renewable energy, it’s not just about getting the energy — distribution and storage are also major issues. Renewable energy tends to be abundant during some parts of the day (for instance, when it’s sunny or windy), and lacking during other parts....

Solar Energy Largely Unscathed by Hurricane Floren...

In North Carolina, the #2 solar state, Florence was the first extreme weather test for much of its renewable energy. Nuclear and coal ash had flood problems. North Carolina gets nearly 5 percent of its electricity from solar panels. The state’s solar farms survived Hurricane Florence with little damage. Credit: Duke Energy Faced with Hurricane Florence’s powerful winds and record rainfall, North Carolina’s...

Energy efficiency is fundamentally undervalued, RM...

Dive Brief: A new paper by the cofounder and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) seeks to challenge conventional wisdom when it comes to energy efficiency, positing that the size and cost of the potential resource base is much larger and cheaper than previously believed. The misunderstanding is fundamental, according to physicist Amory Lovins. By examining individual energy-consuming technologies, rather...

The Energy 202: Hurricane Florence blows hole in T...

Hurricane Florence has blown a hole in the Trump administration’s argument that bolstering nuclear and coal-fired power is essential to providing reliable electricity to homes and businesses, especially during times of crisis, according to energy experts long critical of the plan. For months, the Department of Energy has considered throwing a lifeline to that sector of the power market to make the electric grid more...

Utilities have a problem: the public wants 100% re...

Renewable energy is hot. It has incredible momentum, not only in terms of deployment and costs but in terms of public opinion and cultural cachet. To put it simply: Everyone loves renewable energy. It’s cleaner, it’s high-tech, it’s new jobs, it’s the future. And so more and more big energy customers are demanding the full meal deal: 100 percent renewable energy. The Sierra Club notes that so far in the US, more than 80...

Supersized solar farms are sprouting around the wo...

In a quest to cut the cost of clean electricity, power utilities around the world are supersizing their solar farms. Nowhere is that more apparent than in southern Egypt, where what will be the world’s largest solar farm — a vast collection of more than 5 million photovoltaic panels — is now taking shape. When it’s completed next year, the $4 billion Benban solar park near Aswan will cover an area 10 times bigger than New...