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GOP voters support green energy, oppose coal, nucl...

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Conservative Ohio voters, whether Independent or Republican, are tired of utilities asking for special charges for coal and nuclear power plants, support mandatory energy-efficiency programs, favor home solar systems and are willing to pay higher monthly bills for renewable energy. These are findings in a poll commissioned by the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum reveal grassroot attitudes are at odds...

One step forward, one step back for Ohio policy to...

Rooftop solar provides many benefits to the electric grid, like having no fuel costs and increasing electric grid resiliency – the ability to quickly recover from problems. So how can utilities recognize these benefits and reward people who install solar at their homes and businesses? A popular way is through net metering, which allows customers to send the electricity from their solar panels to the power grid and receive a...

3 Charts That Illustrate the Impact of EVs on Batt...

“While this transformation would be extreme, it is not considered impossible.” Electric vehicles will put the pressure on battery, oil and power demand. By 2035, there could be 125 million electric cars on the road, up from 2 million last year. The result: a steep upward swing in demand for batteries and electricity, and a similarly strong decline in global oil demand. A new report from Wood Mackenzie details the rise of...

Why a military adviser says climate change is thre...

Scientists in Colorado are publishing alarming new research about the storms of the future. Computer simulations show bigger, more frequent and more intense storms. These conclusions have now captured the attention of the United States military. A study by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), details how large, long-lasting storms called mesoscale convective systems — which can be a...

Pittsburgh’s Microgrids Technology Could Lea...

 Gregory Reed tours a former school now becoming a lab for energy research in Pittsburgh. Reed says he’s focusing on how microgrids can provide reliable, resilient and locally produced energy. Daniella Cheslow/NPR hide caption  Gregory Reed tours a former school now becoming a lab for energy research in Pittsburgh. Reed says he’s focusing on how microgrids can provide reliable, resilient and locally produced...

Advocates say recent net metering changes could sl...

Recent rule changes in Ohio would not fully reward solar energy and other renewable resources for the flexibility they bring to the market, say advocates. On November 8, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio released new net metering rules on how utilities compensate customers who supply their own excess generation to the grid. Compared to rule changes adopted in 2014, the changes reduce the amount customers get, limit...

AEP Exec: The Future for Coal Power Is ‘Very Limit...

American Electric Power plans to spend $1.8 billion on wind and solar over the next three years as it shifts away from coal. When Charles Patton joined American Electric Power in 2000, around 90 percent of the company’s electricity production came from coal. Since then, AEP’s executive vice president of external affairs says things have changed dramatically. “I will confess, there was a time I wouldn’t have publicly...

PUCO ruling expected to shrink credits paid for se...

Central Ohioans who have rooftop solar panels receive a credit on their electric bills for selling excess power back into the grid. After a ruling Wednesday by state utility regulators, that credit is likely to shrink. For an American Electric Power customer, the credit would be reduced by about 30 percent. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio issued the 3-0 ruling in a case dealing with the rules for so-called “net...

How other Midwestern states treat solar consumers

With Senate Bill 309 enacted, what is the affect on solar energy in Indiana? “I have not looked to Illinois for guidance policy on anything because I’ve rarely found a time when they’ve done anything right.”  That scathing review comes from Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Wheatfield, who authored the latest legislation determining net metering in the state of Indiana. The conservative lawmaker looked at a number of other states as...

New Indiana solar law could cripple small business...

With Senate Bill 309 enacted, what is the affect on solar energy in Indiana? Kelly Wilkinson/IndyStar Chris Rohaly is no stranger to the sun. His hands have the faint resemblance of worn leather. And there are the lines converging at the crease of his eyes. You could call the 56-year-old Kokomo resident a farmer. He harvests the sun. Specifically, he is the owner of a solar energy company. But it’s not his work installing...

Indiana politicians got thousands in gifts while p...

With Senate Bill 309 enacted, what is the affect on solar energy in Indiana? Kelly Wilkinson/IndyStar It may sound like the life of a top CEO or a major celebrity. But in fact, it’s all in a day’s work for some Indiana legislators. An IndyStar review has found that as the general assembly was considering crucial energy legislation, utilities and their political action committees poured millions into the general assembly in...

‘Blocking the Sun’: New Report Documen...

While nearly 9 in 10 Americans support the development of more solar energy, electric utilities and fossil fuel-backed special interests are trying to hold off the inevitable renewable-energy future by promoting policies that would make rooftop solar harder to obtain. A new report released Thursday by Environment America Research & Policy Center documents 20 entities, across 12 states, who sought to roll back key...

This New Solar Collector Design Could Bring CSP Co...

DOE-backed startup Skysun aims to do away with fiddly motors and support structures. Just when it looked like concentrated solar power (CSP) couldn’t get cheaper, a U.S.-based startup says it’s found a way of cutting heliostat costs by a third. Skysun, of Bay Village, Ohio, is aiming to achieve the cost reduction by tying multiple heliostats — the mirrors that reflect sunlight onto CSP power tower receivers...

IEEFA Update: Coal Is Dying, and EPA’s Clean Power...

Energy Policy From Washington Drifts Toward Irrelevance By turning the clock back on American energy policy through reversal of the Clean Power Plan, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt — if he succeeds — will end up making electricity for everyday Americans more expensive. And as power bills rise so will the coal industry’s harmful impacts public health and the environment. I say “if he succeeds” because his order will very...

Solar competitors band together to help bring elec...

Solar companies are banding together to help restore electricity to parts of storm-ravaged Puerto Rico as 90 percent of the island’s 3.5 million residents remain without power. Solar supplies such as roofing, generators and lighting equipment worth about $2 million are expected to arrive in the territory in the coming weeks. Most of that aid is coming from a national solar industry group, which is sending a plane to...