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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...

AEP Appalachian subsidiary plans to buy 175-megawa...

An American Electric Power Company Inc. subsidiary wants to buy an Ohio wind farm. Appalachian Power plans to buy the Hardin Wind Farm, a 175-megawatt, 70-turbine project being developed by Chicago-based Invenergy LLC in Hardin County, in northwestern Ohio. Enlarge AEP’s Appalachian Power subsidiary plans to buy a wind farm in northwestern Ohio. The company has 1 million customers in West Virginia, Virginia and...

Trump’s putdown of wind energy whips up blow...

IOWA CITY — President Trump’s putdown of wind energy at his Iowa rally was denounced Thursday across the state, which has been a national leader in wind generation. Trump was talking up his support for coal during his speech in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday when he said: “I don’t want to just hope the wind blows to light up your homes and your factories.” He added “as the birds fall to the ground,” a reference to birds killed by...

New wind turbine technology being installed in Wic...

In efforts to harness more efficient energy, a company in Wickliffe is reaching for the sky. A new wind turbine technology, known as “Wind Sphere,” will be installed on May 18 at the Park Ohio PMC Manufacturing Plant, located at 29100 Lakeland Blvd., beginning in the morning. The turbine installation will be completed about 2 p.m. The manufacturer, Green Energy Technologies, a Park Ohio company, designed the Wind Sphere with...

On the Blogs: Ohio’s Fight Against Wind Turbines I...

American Wind Energy Association: For years, Ohio has largely missed out on economic development opportunities from the U.S. wind industry. Currently, Ohio contains just three utility-scale wind projects, significantly less than neighboring states. As a result, Ohio wind projects represent just $1.1 billion of capital investments, significantly lagging neighboring states. In comparison, the U.S. wind industry has invested...

Pile On The Payoff = When Battery Energy Storage S...

Utility executives may be calling battery energy storage (BES) systems the holy grail of renewables integration and other industry challenges, but here’s an ironic reality: Most organizations keep that holy grail half full or even close to empty. That’s because most organizations target few value streams from battery systems, damaging the profitability of the investment. Learn how storage investments can provide value along...

Anti-wind bill costs Ohio schools hundreds of thou...

Wind turbines. CREDIT: Pexels Anti-wind bill costs Ohio schools hundreds of thousands of dollars New setback rules killed revenue from wind farms that would have gone directly to districts. ThinkProgress | By Emily Sanders Superintendent Ken Amstutz dreamed of propelling his rural Ohio school district into a high-tech future with nearly a million dollars in annual revenue from a single wind farm set to go online this year....

Lakewood City Council states support of Icebreaker...

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Lakewood City Council approved a resolution supporting the Icebreaker Wind project on April 17, and is urging the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) to approve the construction of a six-turbine wind farm seven miles from Lakewood’s shore. Designed as a small demonstration wind farm, Icebreaker would be North America’s first freshwater offshore wind project. Its designers hope to prove that...

Ohio House vote to kill renewable-energy standards...

Ohio House vote to kill renewable-energy standards reveals lawmakers looking backwards to the horse-and-buggy era instead of positioning Ohio for the future, Thomas Suddes writes. (Plain Dealer historical photograph collection/Cleveland Press photo 1986) If Henry Ford had started tinkering with cars in, say, a backyard shed in Ohio rather than one in Detroit, Ohio’s House of Representatives probably would have passed a...

European utilities commit to no new coal plants af...

Steam and smoke rises from a coal power station in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. CREDIT: AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File European utilities commit to no new coal plants after 2020 As part of meeting its commitment under the Paris Agreement, the European Union announced it will build no more coal plants after 2020. ThinkProgress | On Wednesday, a coalition of European energy companies announced that there would be no new coal plants...