Ohio lawmakers charged with reviewing the costs and benefits of the state’s clean energy standards limited the testimony they received during hearings that were used to justify a two-year “freeze” on those standards.
An upcoming Environmental Protection Agency ruling that would further reduce ground-level ozone levels has prompted a backlash from one of the nation’s largest business groups.
Resuming Ohio’s clean energy standards could bring big health benefits, according to an analysis released last week by environmental advocates.
Ohio farmers, businesses and others remain interested in solar energy, despite the impact of a legislative freeze in the state’s renewable portfolio standards, and a university program is helping them make informed decisions.
Members of environmental advocacy groups rallied, protested and prayed about energy-related issues at three independent events in Ohio this week. The gatherings reflect a continuing concern by groups about safe, clean energy and highlight the importance of community organizing for advocacy groups.
In 2014, Ohio Senate Bill 310 temporarily rolled back renewable and energy efficiency standards. On its heels, state House Bill 483 significantly increased the property setback for wind turbines, thus increasing project costs. Now clean energy business executives and advocates say that money is flowing out of Ohio at a rapid rate as renewable energy companies look to greener pastures for their products and services.
Ohio has three years to submit a plan under federal Clean Power Plan rules issued earlier this month. But action by a state legislative committee next month could shape that plan and how much it will cost.
FirstEnergy’s plan to make all of its Ohio utility customers essentially guarantee sales for certain coal and nuclear plants owned by its unregulated generation subsidiary is an even worse deal for consumers now than when FirstEnergy filed that proposal a year ago, say environmental advocates.
A report released Thursday by the Union of Concerned Scientists shows Minnesota is on pace to exceed carbon-reduction goals by 2022 and 2030 as part of the requirements in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final Clean Power Plan rules.
A 12-year extension allowing power plants and other industrial polluters to exceed mercury standards as wastewater enters the Ohio River could be stretched out even further, if a proposal before an interstate regulatory board is approved.