An industrial area in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, with the Fisk Generating Station in the background. (Photo by Steven Vance via Creative Commons)

When coal plants shut down, what happens next?

As decades-old coal plants in urban areas go dark in coming years, environmental groups, city planners, elected officials and local residents are turning their attention from the health and environmental impacts of the plants’ emissions to the future of these sites.
Photo by Steven Vance via Creative Commons

An artist's rendering of wind turbines off the shore of Lake Erie at Lakewood Park, near Cleveland. (via Cuyahoga County)

Natural gas boom deflates Lake Erie wind project

Two years ago, before shale gas burst on the Ohio scene, Cleveland's political and business leadership saw a future of wind power just off their Lake Erie shore. Now that vision has drifted over the horizon, out of sight for now.