www.windaction.orgfacts, analysis, exposure of wind energy's real impactsWindactionhttp://www.windaction.org/articles/c52+96?theme=atomXarayar2006-06-12T02:16:27ZLawmakers push to overhaul Ohio's energy standards.382902013-05-07T16:10:20Z2013-05-07T16:10:20ZSen. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, said he hopes to introduce a bill overhauling the 2008 law as soon as the end of the month. "It behooves any wise person to check in. No one I know of stays with an 18-year plan and doesn't make suitable changes to the plan when market conditions change."Change may hurt $250M wind project.380122013-04-09T16:57:25Z2013-04-09T16:57:25ZWhen the state's renewable energy mandate was enacted five years ago, both demand and prices for electricity were expected to rise, said Ohio Sen. Bill Seitz, chairman of the Ohio Senate Public Utilities Committee that is holding hearings this month on the state's renewable energy requirement.
But since then, large deposits of natural gas in shale have kept energy prices down, Seitz said, and the additional demand hasn't materialized.Ohio Senate re-examines feasibility of â€˜green' law.377612013-03-17T13:35:55Z2013-03-17T13:35:55ZOhio's benchmarks for renewable energy and energy efficiency are getting a five-year checkup that some defenders fear will turn into an amputation.
An Ohio Senate panel began hearings last week to examine the rules and figure out whether there is a way to address some businesses' concerns that the mandates are too costly.Ohio state Sen. Troy Balderson wants review of energy law.376932013-03-08T19:11:46Z2013-03-08T19:11:46ZFirstEnergy, the publicly traded utility based in Akron, pushed lawmakers at the end of 2012 to freeze energy efficiency standards, according to The Columbus Dispatch. The company previously has argued that mandates on utilities increase costs for consumers.
Environmental groups and green-energy proponents don't like talk of tinkering with the standards.Ohio Senate wants fracking chemicals identified but neglects wind farms.350042012-05-17T10:31:52Z2012-05-17T10:31:52ZIf approved by the House of Representatives next week as expected, the legislation would encourage public colleges and other institutions to build heating and power plants fired by natural gas and get credit for them as renewable energy ...Those credits now go to help finance wind farms.Ohio may include CHP and waste heat as renewable energy.348772012-05-01T13:00:43Z2012-05-01T13:00:43ZCombined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, and waste heat from industrial processes would be qualified as renewable resources and be given equal footing with traditional green energy sources like wind and solar.Bill would kill Ohio's renewable energy law; Some senators say power rates will rise.342612012-02-02T20:35:47Z2012-02-02T20:35:47Z"It is my strong conviction that the choice of energy supply should come from the demands of the free market, and not from policymakers and environmental lobbyists," said Sen. Kris Jordan, R-Powell, sponsor of the bill that would eliminate the requirement for use of renewable-energy sources such as wind and solar.
New bill prompts concerns about future of Ohio's wind industry .331032011-09-23T13:48:18Z2011-09-23T13:48:18ZThe legislation, Senate Bill 216, proposes to repeal Ohio's alternative energy portfolio standard (AEPS). The current AEPS, enacted in May 2008 under then-Gov. Ted Strickland, contains two separate resource requirements, both of which would be revoked if Jordan's bill were to become law.
Kasich talks of renewable energy's value but hints at tweaking state rules.331012011-09-22T13:29:51Z2011-09-22T13:29:51ZEarlier this month, Sen. Kris Jordan, R-Powell, introduced a bill to repeal those standards.
"They're trying to get me to say we don't need renewables here. Of course, we need renewables," Kasich said during an impassioned speech to kick off the summit, which is designed to help his administration craft an all-inclusive energy policy for the state.
Ohio debates bid to abandon drive toward clean energy.330612011-09-19T14:09:00Z2011-09-19T14:09:00Z"Ohioans deserve our best efforts to lower energy costs for all consumers, and a positive environment for job creators to move Ohio's economy forward, and this bill does just that."
State clean energy supporters pointed out that energy efficiency is the best way to cut pollution.Green-power pushback.329532011-09-09T14:00:14Z2011-09-09T14:00:14ZThree years after legislators voted nearly unanimously to require Ohio's power companies to meet new green-energy standards, at least a few Republicans say it's time to repeal the rules to save jobs and avoid higher electricity costs.
Environmental groups are sharply criticizing the plan.
Renewable-energy law criticized; Group says standards too costly, urges repeal .306022011-01-01T12:43:18Z2011-01-01T12:43:18ZThe alternative energy plan, adopted in 2008, calls on Ohio utilities to get 12 1/2 percent of their energy by 2025 from advanced, renewable energy such as wind, solar and biomass. Half must be produced in Ohio.
The standards are ''effectively a hidden tax passed on to consumers and businesses.''
Utility accused of taking wind out of turbines.287762010-08-17T15:18:49Z2010-08-17T15:18:49Z"Ohio law and public policy encourage consumer-produced power through renewable resources such as wind and solar," said Consumer's Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander. "According to several consumers and supporting documents, the utility has erected obstacles that fail to comply with the law."
One of those obstacles has been requiring the customer to purchase a new meter.
Senate bill could lead to wind farm.279002010-06-23T03:33:21Z2010-06-23T03:33:21ZPutnam County Commissioners are currently looking at possibly approving tax abatements for a renewable energy corporation in Van Buren Township after Governor Ted Strickland signed Senate Bill 232 Thursday evening. Putnam County Commissioners have 30 days since the signing to confirm the new tax structure.State to decide wind farm projects .273602010-05-18T19:53:17Z2010-05-18T19:53:17ZBecause of the state's efforts to enhance renewable energy in Ohio, at least seven projects are presently in the works around the "Buckeye State." Three of the proposals seek to develop wind farms across the Van Wert/Paulding county line.What color Ohio's economy?.273102010-05-16T12:58:04Z2010-05-16T12:58:04ZState wants to see windmills built along Lake Erie shore.265162010-04-03T20:20:55Z2010-04-03T20:20:55ZOhio officials outlined plans this week to put Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes, at the forefront of offshore wind-power development.
Gov. Ted Strickland and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown joined industry and education leaders to detail tax-cut and regulatory measures to jump-start wind-power development on Lake Erie. The lake's comparative shallowness is seen as an advantage for erecting towers to produce wind power.
Sen. Sherrod Brown steps into controversy over wind turbine jobs, China.259382010-03-05T12:07:08Z2010-03-05T12:07:08ZOhio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown is seeing red because a green energy grant program that funds new wind turbines doesn't require their construction with American parts. He wants to suspend the program until Congress imposes "Buy American" restrictions.
Brown's stance puts him at odds not only with the Obama administration, but with his friend and political ally, Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, who backs domestic wind turbine manufacturing but doesn't want to ignore the hundreds of Ohio jobs that could be created by building and operating wind farms.
Adams, Faber and local officials contest Strickland's plans to "erase" turbine taxes .253932010-02-01T16:58:44Z2010-02-01T16:58:44ZWhile Ohio Governor Ted Strickland touted elimination of tangible personal property taxes for wind and solar companies Tuesday, that prospect didn't sit well with representatives of the entities that stand to lose up to $1.4 million in first-year tax revenue if the Buckeye Wind project gains approval to construct 70 turbines in Champaign County from the Ohio Power Siting Board this year.Light bulb program has some customers seeing red.238872009-10-08T15:04:27Z2009-10-08T15:04:27ZA plan by a Midwest utility to distribute energy-efficient light bulbs to customers backfired when it was learned that the recipients would not only have to pay for the bulbs, but also pay the utility for the electricity they wouldn't be using.
Ohio's governor sent a letter to regulators who pulled the plug on the program for now, or at least on the charges that caught consumers off guard.