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The Energy Transition in 4 Charts

There is little debate that the energy transition is underway. However, the speed at which it is happening is very much in flux. Wood Mackenzie recently compiled some of its latest power and renewables forecasts into a presentation (available here) that shows its most recent outlooks across sectors. Here are a few of the highlights. Carbon emissions WoodMac’s analysts modeled a few different emissions scenarios in...

(Ohio) Township solar project divides neighbors

In the countryside southeast of Yellow Springs, an area of rolling farmland dotted with homes and barns may someday be the site of a massive solar array. The Kingswood Solar Farm, if built, would span more than 1,200 acres in Miami Township, Xenia Township and Cedarville Township. And at an estimated 175 megawatts, it could be among the largest solar arrays east of the Mississippi River. Some area landowners are now signing...

Nuclear bailout bill is signed into law despite fl...

Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 6 into law today after the Ohio House voted 51-38 — one vote over the 50 required to pass it — to approve the Senate version of the nuclear bailout bill and send it to DeWine’s desk for signature. The bill will require every Ohio residential electricity customer to pay about 85 cents a month, close to 90 percent of which will go to subsidize the Perry and Davis-Besse...

The ‘war on coal’ myth

Environmental regulations aren’t the reason that coal is falling off the map. Is environmental extremism causing the decline of the American coal industry? A look at the economics shows that coal has been beaten fair and square in the marketplace by cheaper and cleaner alternatives. The best way to support coal communities is to confront these economic realities, rather than creating a divisive and false narrative...

Worthington could add three electric-vehicle charg...

Worthington is taking steps to add electric-vehicle charging stations for residents at three locations in the city. On July 8, Worthington City Council approved a motion to start an application for an American Electric Power Ohio reimbursement program for up to $150,000 to install charging stations at two of those locations. Economic-development director David McCorkle said the city has been partnering with Clean Fuels Ohio...

A 100% renewable grid isn’t just feasible, it’s in...

Europe will be 90% renewable powered in two decades, experts say. The myth that a very high level of renewables can’t be integrated into the electric grid is being demolished by the clean tech and battery storage revolution. “By 2040, renewables make up 90% of the electricity mix in Europe, with wind and solar accounting for 80%,” predict the experts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) in their annual energy outlook...

How energy efficiency is paying off in Wisconsin

Every dollar spent by a utility-funded program results in more than $5 in benefits.   In Wisconsin, it pays to get rid of your old, energy-wasting refrigerator. Beard: “We pay you money for your old refrigerator, and more importantly for some people is we’ll come to your house and pick it up!” John Beard is with Focus on Energy. For more than 15 years, the utility-funded program has helped customers become more energy...

Ohio’s Renewable Energy Future Deserves Better

What is the right path to Ohio renewable energy development? As time begins to run out for the controversial energy legislation (HB 6), both sides of aisle are spending significant time debating the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards. On one side, there is fierce opposition to “mandates” with a seeming blindness to anything beyond this philosophical starting point. On the other side, there is broad...

Ohio approves two huge solar projects

Ohio Power Siting Board has approved 470 MWac of solar and 60 MWac of batteries in two separate projects, as another confirmation of the coming boom in the state and the Midwest. The Midwest is getting ready for a major boom in large-scale solar, as evidenced by the activity in interconnection queues of the region’s grid operators. Today, two more very large solar projects got the green light by the state of Ohio, which is...

Old batteries could play big role in greening grid...

ELECTRIC VEHICLES David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter Published: Monday, May 6, 2019 The next decade could see a market emerge for recycled electric-vehicle batteries, according to a new report. A battery pack inside a Nissan Leaf is shown. Tennen-Gas/Wikipedia Old electric vehicle batteries could become a key form of storage for utilities by the end of the next decade, boosting the power sector’s transition to...

New TV ad targeting solar consumers creates contro...

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) — A TV spot is advocating for a new fee for people with Solar panels in Iowa. The Iowa Senate this week approved the bill at the center of the ad, Senate File 583. The bill would let utility companies charge solar energy users a fee. The ad says that is because those customers do not pay to support the electrical grid. A group called the ‘REAL Coalition’ is running the ad...

Can 100 Percent Renewable Energy Cope With a Polar...

When a polar vortex hit parts of the Midwest and Northeast at the end of January, it brought temperatures cold enough to cause frostbite on exposed skin in just five minutes and closed down schools and businesses. Demand for power was intense, and the internet erupted in arguments about whether transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy would leave people in the lurch in periods of extreme weather. The conventional power...

Ohio bill would create nonprofit to promote advanc...

Sponsors tout economic development potential, but critics question the benefits and risks to taxpayers. A group of Ohio lawmakers wants to help make the state a leader in advanced nuclear technology, but some critics are questioning the benefits and potential risks to taxpayers under a new bill to promote research and development. Ohio House Rep. Dick Stein, R-Norwalk, introduced the Advanced Nuclear Technology Helping...

Ohio’s Seitz Stays on ALEC Board While 71 Companie...

Seitz’s claim about no communications with ALEC leadership stretches credulity further… For months now, we’ve been examining why self-proclaimed “free market” Bill Seitz, the powerful Majority Leader in Ohio’s House of Representatives, picks energy winners and losers in the state’s economy. Despite proclamations that he dedicates his “time and resources to promote limited government, free markets and federalism,” in reality,...

Forum: Small-scale renewable energy has value

It seems Cherryland Electric Cooperative (CEC) leaders have launched a campaign to diminish and discourage efforts to deploy small, local renewable energy systems. In a Jan. 22 forum piece in the Record-Eagle, and more recently in the February issue of their Country Lines publication, CEC officials have editorialized against small-scale renewable installations. In both pieces, CEC posits that local, small-scale systems are...