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Ohio lawmakers fine-tune renewable energy mandates

COLUMBUS — Ohio utilities would still have to find more of their power from renewable sources like solar and wind but not as much as required by current law under a bill that could soon see a Senate vote. A revised version of House Bill 114 rolled out last week would get rid of the House-passed concept of replacing the mandates with voluntary goals carrying no penalties for failure. The bill also seeks to resolve a four-year...

11 Turbines Successfully Installed at Wind Farm Tr...

The world’s most powerful wind turbines have been successfully installed at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) off Aberdeen Bay in Scotland’s North Sea. The final turbine was installed on Saturday just nine weeks after the first foundation for the 11-turbine offshore wind farm was deployed, according to the developers Vattenfall. Incidentally, the project was at the center of a contentious legal...

This wind turbine has no blades — and that’s why i...

What do you get if you take the blades off a wind turbine? A better wind turbine. That sounds like a joke, but that’s actually more or less the model of a new wind turbine prototype. Instead of blades that turn in the breeze, the turbine is just a hollow straw that sticks up 40 feet from the ground and vibrates like a guitar string when the wind thrums by. The Spanish engineers who founded Vortex Bladeless in 2010 said they...

Ohio wind-farm rules eased in proposed state Senat...

CLEVELAND, Ohio — There soon may be more wind farms in Ohio. The Ohio Senate’s GOP leadership is making an effort to encourage wind-farm development in the state by eliminating restrictive rules that previous GOP leadership slipped into a budget bill four years ago. The 2014 changes lengthened the distance a wind turbine can be to an adjoining property line  to 1,125 feet — rather than to the nearest home...

Revolution Now -The Future Is Here For Clean Energ...

Clean, low-cost energy is transforming the U.S. economy. Over the past decade, we’ve seen the payoff from nearly 40 years of federally funded research and development on clean energy. From wind and solar power to electric vehicles and LED lighting, clean energy technologies are dramatically declining in cost and benefitting more homes and businesses—while reducing pollution and creating millions of new American jobs.1 Clean...

Wind power set to deliver $54m to Ohio’s rural com...

Ohio’s wind power projects are providing millions in annual revenue for the state’s rural communities, according to a new report from the Wind Energy Foundation (WEF). In total, the state’s four utility-scale wind projects in Paulding, Van Wert, and Hardin Counties will have delivered over $54 million in payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) and land lease payments by the end of 2018. Download the new WEF report here. “This new...

Ohio’s energy future: No time to waste

For years Ohio’s lack of a comprehensive, long-term energy policy has harmed our economy and our health by continuing our reliance on burning coal for electricity. Now we finally have a chance to move forward. During a 2-year legislative “freeze” on our energy efficiency and renewable energy progress, utility companies gamed the system, demanding that customers subsidize their old, outdated coal and nuclear plants, instead...

Ohio’s hostility to renewable energy makes the sta...

Decades in the making. That’s how Columbus achieving recognition as a leading candidate on the Amazon HQ2 shortlist should be seen. Unlike most of the remaining competition, the Columbus metropolitan area threads the needle on virtually every quality of life indicator, mostly by design. High-achieving schools, housing stock with reasonable prices, and direct access to institutions of higher education, exemplary medical care...

Space weather threatens high-tech life

Shortly after 4 a.m. on a crisp, cloudless September morning in 1859, the sky above what is currently Colorado erupted in bright red and green colors. Fooled by the brightness into thinking it was an early dawn, gold-rush miners in the mountainous region of what was then called the Kansas Territory woke up and started making breakfast. What happened in more developed regions was even more disorienting, and carries a warning...

Is The Corporate Demand For Solar Energy Stronger ...

Amazon is shooting for the sun and is about to rev up one of California’s biggest solar rooftop systems that spreads 23 rooftop-acres. It’s a microcosm of the trend sweeping across corporate America. But is this wave more powerful than current federal policies and especially the just-imposed solar tariffs? Eco-minded businesses, in fact, have led the effort to join global climate talks and to curb heat-trapping...

Trump’s Interior Secretary Claimed Wind Powe...

In a speech before oil and gas industry executives, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke argued that the production and transportation of wind turbines contributes to global warming, but he overstated the factual case, especially when compared with other forms of energy. Speaking at the CERAWeek energy conference hosted by IHSMarkit in Houston, Zinke also echoed a long-held argument from President Donald Trump that wind turbines...

When Will Renewables Become The Dominant Source Of...

As the amount of renewable energy in global electricity networks continues to surge, a new question arises – when will renewables become the dominant source of energy? A new report, the Lloyd’s Register 2018 Technology Radar, examines this issue and also looks at which technologies are likely to have the biggest impact in different countries and what are the key drivers and barriers to success. A survey of 800 key industry...

Q&A: Watchdog group investigates Ohio wind en...

Ohio state Rep. Bill Seitz, seen in this 2011 photo, “has arguably done more to block the growth of clean energy jobs in Ohio than anyone else in the state” according to the Checks and Balances Project. A Washington-area watchdog group wants to know what’s behind an Ohio lawmaker’s opposition to wind energy projects. The Checks and Balances Project is scrutinizing Ohio Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), one of the...

Study: Solar and Wind Won’t Break the Grid

A new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) shows that major power systems are able to cope quite well with increasing shares of intermittent renewables, if the right measures are taken. The study says that increased generation of these renewables does not make the grid less reliable or compromise security of supply. Critics of renewable energy have often warned that there are strict...

Job Growth From Renewable Energy Sparks Conservati...

Renewable energy has begun to gain the support of conservative groups as it becomes more economically viable. One such group is the recently formed Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum, which aims to educate conservatives about energy possibilities in the state. According to their website, the organization supports the development of local clean energy, strongly emphasizing the economic benefits that renewable energy already...