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Renewable Energy Is Surging. The G.O.P. Tax Bill C...

   Photo A wind turbine generator outside Peetz, Colo. The Republican tax bills seek to scale back tax preferences for renewable energy like wind and solar. Credit Ryan David Brown for The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Republican tax bills moving through Congress could significantly hobble the United States’ renewable energy industry because of a series of provisions that scale back incentives for wind and solar power...

Map shows political divide on climate, common grou...

A majority of both Republicans and Democrats throughout Ohio favor clean energy policies, such as regulating carbon dioxide emissions as a pollutant and more government funding for renewable energy, according to a new interactive map. Moreover, people would favor those policies despite substantial divides on acceptance of climate change science and perceptions of risk from climate change impacts, said Anthony Leiserowitz at...

Tougher setback rules for wind turbines generate c...

Gary Baldosser, who farms 2,000 acres in Seneca County’s Adams Township, is a strong proponent of the Republic Wind project and is eager to get at least one of its 66 wind turbines erected on his property. The Blade/Tom Henry Buy This Image GREEN SPRINGS, Ohio — Ohio’s highly contentious debate over setback requirements for massive wind turbines is being played out in rural Seneca and Sandusky counties, where a company...

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...

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...

How the House Tax Bill Would Impact Wind, Solar, E...

“The sad thing is, it creates uncertainty in the marketplace—just the fact that this proposal is out there.” Will Congress’ attempt at tax reform spell danger for clean energy?  House Republicans unveiled a massive tax reform bill last week. While it wasn’t as damaging to renewables as many feared, the changes still pose a threat. Wind and electric vehicles stand to lose the most. Lawmakers are looking to slash tax...

A New Green Future Is Building on Lake Erie

Cleveland is on track to lead a nascent offshore wind industry in the U.S., creating clean energy and jobs for a city in need of both. Lorry Wagner has spent more than a decade attempting to convince the world that Cleveland has all the ingredients to be a giant in the world of renewable wind energy. The argument hasn’t always worked, but the president of the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LeedCo), by now, has...

World’s First Floating Wind Farm Will Power ...

“Hywind will provide clean energy to over twenty thousand homes and will help us meet our ambitious climate change targets,” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said. The 30 megawatt wind farm, operated by Norwegian oil company Statoil ASA and Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co., consists of five turbines and is located 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. “This marks an exciting development for...

Ohio lawmakers should follow the lead of the busin...

As the Ohio Senate considers House Bill 114, a proposal that would dismantle the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards, lawmakers should consider the significant opportunities for clean energy investment in the Buckeye State. In September, General Motors announced it would power its Ohio manufacturing plants in Toledo, Parma, Lordstown, and Defiance entirely with wind energy in 2018. In August, Facebook...

Draft environmental report for Lake Erie offshore ...

Environmental studies so far have found little potential impact from a proposed offshore wind farm in Lake Erie near Cleveland. A draft Department of Energy report shows mainly minor or negligible short-term impacts from a plan to construct and operate six wind turbines approximately eight miles offshore of Cleveland. “Having a draft environmental assessment the public can comment on is a huge milestone,” said Lorry Wagner,...

3 Forces Fighting Local Renewable Energy and How t...

If you’re reading energy news of late, you might have come across three new ways that forces are aligning against local renewable energy. State governments are increasingly pre-empting local authority on a range of issues, including energy. Utility companies are undercutting state regulation with their legislative lobbyists. And utilities are also bringing their monopoly market power to bear in previously competitive...

The Dubious Case for Appalachian Coal Subsidies

As technologies for renewable energy and grid management advance, the special position that coal has held since Thomas Edison’s first power plants in the 1880s has become much harder to defend. The call to subsidize coal is a sign of how the economics of power generation have been transformed. Just five years ago, it was renewable sources that needed subsidies to compete, but their costs have been plummeting. Now the US is...

AEP to spend $4.5 billion on biggest single wind f...

AEP plans to spend $4.5 billion on new power – and in a sign of recent times, it’s in renewable energy, not coal. The electric utility plans to spend the money on what will be the biggest single wind farm in the United States, as the Columbus company continues its fast churn away from coal toward a more diverse mix of power generation. “This project is consistent with our strategy of investing in the energy resources of the...

Low interest energy loans would be repaid along wi...

CLEVELAND — A Connecticut-based private finance company has expanded into Ohio to offer commercial building owners up to 30-year loans to pay for energy efficiency upgrades such as heating, cooling and lighting, as well as renewable energy projects such as solar or geothermal. Greenworks Lending is looking for owners of medium and small buildings who want to cut their energy bills without having to pony up a down...

Coal and nuclear are uneconomic — more bombshells ...

“High levels of wind penetration can be integrated into the grid without harming reliability.” On Saturday, we reported that a leaked draft of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s grid study obtained by Bloomberg debunks his attack on renewable energy. ThinkProgress has now obtained a copy of that draft, and it has many more surprises — or, rather, findings that are fairly well known to energy experts but may come as an unpleasant...