An Ohio lawmaker who played a key role in tripling property line setbacks for wind turbines wants regulators to adopt strict rules when implementing the setbacks and other provisions for new commercial wind farms, which industry experts say are already essentially banned in the state.
A proposed offshore wind farm in Lake Erie will have a minimal impact on wildlife, according to an environmental consultant who says it’s “the lowest-risk project I’ve ever worked on.”
With the fate of the state’s clean energy standards and the federal Clean Power Plan still unsettled, utility, fossil fuel and nuclear energy interests have spent almost $3 million in reported contributions for Ohio political campaigns this year through October.
While utilities in Ohio, New York and elsewhere have sought “around market” charges after affiliated coal and nuclear plants became less competitive, Germany’s large utilities are charting new paths forward as that country curbs its reliance on fossil fuels.
A new charge ordered by Ohio regulators last week could add up to $1 billion into FirstEnergy’s coffers without requiring the company to do any specific work in return.
As political discussions in the U.S. focus on the future of fossil fuel industries, an event in Ohio last week explored a future with no fossil fuels at all.
An Ohio lawmaker says he’s no longer pushing to continue a freeze of the state’s clean energy and efficiency standards, but legislation he’s proposing would effectively do the same thing.
The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority based in Canton, Ohio rolled out the first of at least ten hydrogen fuel cell buses this week after several weeks of testing at Ohio State University. But the state already plays a big role in the fuel cell business, which could grow even more with supportive federal and state policies, according to industry insiders.
Critics say FirstEnergy’s plan to resume its energy efficiency programs in Ohio could let the company take credit for work done by others and make millions of dollars as a result — at customers’ expense.
Efforts by Ohio utilities to guarantee income for affiliated coal and nuclear operations are part of a broader trend, according to a new report by legal analysts.