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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...

Join us for the 2019 Ohio Solar Congress

Saturday, March 9 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ohio University, Baker Center 1 Park Place Athens, OH 45701 Click here to RSVP! The Ohio Solar Congress is a free public conference that brings together solar supporters from across the state to learn and discuss the current state and future for solar energy in Ohio. The day will include a series of presentations about solar technology and policy topics as well as ways to get involved...

How transmission helped keep the lights on during ...

Tens of millions of Americans experienced record cold weather at the end of January as Arctic air inundated much of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. However, the power system and electricity markets worked as designed, keeping the lights (and heat) on when customers needed it most. And the value of transmission in keeping the grid reliable and affordable was on full display. This success demonstrated how renewable energy and...

IEEFA U.S.: 5 ways utilities are driving the rapid...

Technology gains pose a major threat to baseload power providers The utility industry, broadly speaking, has a checkered history on renewable energy development, often having fought state renewable energy portfolio standards, curtailed residential net energy metering for solar and brought into question the reliability of wind and solar. But a new dynamic is at play now, especially around solar-plus-storage projects. Here,...

Dispelling the Myths: Renewables in the Grid

Around the world, renewable electricity generation by solar and wind is increasing at exponential rates, with shares approaching 50% or more in some countries. New ways to manage energy generation, transmission, distribution, and storage are being established, as well as how to best manage the integration of new renewable electricity with traditional, centralized energy sources, such as coal, gas and nuclear power plants....

EVs 101: Your Guide to Electric Vehicles

If you have ever considered making the switch to an environmentally friendly electric vehicle, don’t drag your feet. Though EV prices are falling, and states are unveiling more and more public charging stations and plug-in-ready parking spots, the federal government is doing everything it can to slam the brakes on our progress away from gas-burning internal combustion engines. President Trump, likely pressured by his...

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...

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...