GEO Policy Watch 2017

Watch this page for updates on key public policy issues impacting Ohio green energy in 2017.  See detailed Green Energy Ohio Policy Statements 2015-16.

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GEO Policy Watch 2017

April 2017

Forbes – Ken Silverstein – April 26, 2017
40 States and DC Took Action on Distributed Solar Policy and Rate Design during Q1 2017
N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center Release – April 26, 2017

 

Today’s Energy Jobs Are in Solar, Not Coal
New York Times – Nadja Popovic – April 25, 2017


Pro & Con Op-Eds on AEP Ohio Customer Charge Increase

Columbus Dispatch: Rachel Betz and Julie Stone – April 23, 2017


Ohio slashes standards protecting renewable energy, worrying some experts
Athens Post – Abbey Marshall – April 23, 2017


U.S. Wind Power Now Supports More Than 100,000 Jobs In All 50 States
North American Windpower – Betsy Lillian – April 19, 2017


Purchase for solar field approved
Piqua Daily Call – Sam Wildow – April 18, 2017


PUCO PowerForward April 18

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Convenes PowerForward Phase 1:
A Glimpse of the Future from April 18-20, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio


Report: Perry orders DOE review of clean energy impacts on baseload generation
Utility Dive – Gavin Bade – April 17, 2017


Paris Climate Agreement negotiator speaks in Cleveland: ‘What now?’

Midwest Energy News – Kathiann Kowalski – April 17, 2017

 

REN21: Big Majority of Experts say 100% Renewables ‘Feasible, Realistic’
25x’25 Weekly REsource – April 14, 2017

Akron, Cleveland, Youngstown air pollution still is among Ohio’s worse
Cleveland Plain Dealer – James McCarty – April 13, 2017

Legislature approves bill curtailing solar panel [net metering] incentives

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel -Associated Press – April 10, 2017
 
$96B in wind investments planned for next 4 years

SNL Energy – Ian Campbell – April 10, 2017

Report raises questions about Ohio utilities’ renewable credit deals
Midwest Energy News – Kathiann Kowalski – April 6, 2017

Ohio lawmakers introduce bill to support FirstEnergy’s nuclear plants
Utility Dive – Peter Maloney – April 6, 2017Indiana House passes bill to scrap solar incentives
PV Tech – Danielle Ola – April 5, 2017

Leading By Example: The Top Solar Cities In The U.S.
 – Environment America Shining Cities Report 2017
Solar Industry Magazine – Joseph Bebon – April 4, 2017Reject green-energy rollback
Toledo Blade Editorial – April 4, 2017
Gov. John Kasich celebrates Amazon jobs ahead of State of the State address
[Governor Reiterates Support for Renewable Standard]

Cleveland com – Jackie Borchardt – April 3, 2017
Dayton-area community [Piqua] weighs solar project
Dayton Business Journal – Kaitlin Schroeder – April 3, 2017

Column: House GOP stumbles on renewable energy

Columbus Dispatch – Thomas Suddes April 2, 2017

Commentary: It’s time for serious discussion about energy

Dayton Daily News – Ned Ford – April 2, 2017


March 2017

Report Shows Clean Energy Employs Far More Workers than Coal, Oil, Gas
25x’25 Weekly REsource – Ira Weiss – March 31, 2017

Bill Seitz is back, still trying to kill solar in Ohio

PV Magazine – Frank Andorka – March 31, 2017

 

Ohio House Votes To Abandon Green Energy Requirements
OSU Public Radio – Karen Kasler – March 31, 2017

(Video) Ohio legislators moving to soften state renewable energy standards
Nordonia Hills News Leader – Marc Kovac – March 31, 2017

New Global Solar Capacity Outpaced Wind in 2016, IRENA Says
Renewable Energy World – March 31, 2017

Columbus Dispatch – Dan Gearino & Jim Siegel – March 30, 2017
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – March 30, 2017


Ohio House OKs bill to replace renewable-energy mandates

Toledo Blade – Jim Provance – March 30, 2017

Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve to study better ways to deliver energy
Cleveland Plain Dealer – Karen Farkas – March 30, 2017

The only certainty in Trump’s climate orders? More lawsuits
Utility Dive – Robert Walton – March 30, 2017

Good news for AEP wind and solar projects in latest version of Ohio House bill
Columbus Business First – Tom Knox – March 30. 2017

Ikea powering Columbus store with 3,546 solar panels on its roof
Columbus Business First – Dan Eaton – March 29, 2017


Using Probability of Exceedance to Compare the Resource Risk of Renewable and Gas-Fired Generation

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab – Mark Bolinger – March 29, 2017


Scrapping Green Energy Standards Could Hurt Ohio’s Solar Jobs, According To Sierra Club

OSU Public Radio – Karen Kasler – March 29, 2017

Ohio Solar Jobs Rank 11th in National Solar Jobs Census
The Solar Foundation – March 28, 2017

News that solar jobs are up in Ohio comes as bill weakening clean energy progresses
Columbus Dispatch – Dan Gearino – March 28, 2017

Ohio Wind Energy Promised Power, Light, & Knowledge, But No More
Clean Technica – Emily Sanders – March 28, 2017

Midwest Energy News – Kathiann Kowalski – March 28, 2017

20 MW Solar Field – Ohio’s Largest – Starts Up at Bowling Green

GEO News Magazine Winter 2017 – March 27, 2017

Columbus Dispatch – Jim Siegel – March 23, 2017

Ohio House of Representatives Public Utilities Committee Hearing – March 21, 2017

Trump Lays Plans to Reverse Obama’s Climate Change Legacy
New York Times – Coral Davenport – March 21, 2017

Ohio lawmakers again seek to cut renewable energy mandates

Electric Light & Power – Associated Press – March 20, 2017

Two Ohio coal-fired plants to close, deepening industry decline

Reuters – Emily Flitter – March 20, 2017

Is 100% renewable energy the best goal to cut power sector emissions?

Utility Dive – Herman Trabish – March 20, 2017
Local Electric Cooperative Electric Goes Solar
Bellefontaine Examiner – Reuben Mees – March 18, 2017

Bill to weaken clean energy standards progresses despite Kasich opposition

Columbus Dispatch – Dan Gearino – March 15, 2017

Trump’s Budget Proposal Will Raise Energy Bills and Kill Jobs

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy – Steve Nadel, ACEEE Executive Director, March 15, 2017

Study: Lack of competition to blame for Ohio electricity cost increases

Midwest Energy News – Kathiann Kowalski – March 14, 2017

Broad coalition ask Congress to invest in America’s electricity grid

Into the Wind AWEA Blog – Greg Alvarez – March 14, 2017


Michigan and Illinois Raise Their Renewable Portfolio Standards

Yale Clean Energy Finance Forum – Kat Friedrich – March 14, 2017

Bowling Green Sentinel Journal – Peter Kuebeck – March 13, 2017

‘Outlier’ study on Ohio renewable standards is flawed, say critics

Midwest Energy News – Kathiann Kowalski – March 13, 2017

Ohio renewable energy bill could hurt AEP’s wind and solar projects

Columbus Business First – Tom Knox – March 13, 2017


Duke solar power plant continues to provide electricity

The Flyer Group – Stephanie Dolan – March 10, 2017


GOP state legislators trying again to weaken renewable-energy standards

Columbus Dispatch – Dan Gearino – March 8, 2017

Campus efficiency increased
Martins Ferry Times Leader – Craig Campbell – March 8, 2017

Ohio Gas Investor – Stratas Advisors – March 8, 2017

PUCO plans grid-modernization review called PowerForward
Columbus Business First – Tom Knox – March 8, 2017

White House Pushes for Deep Cuts to Clean Energy Office
Bloomberg – Art Natter – March 8, 2017

Tesla Completes Hawaii Storage Project That Sells Solar at Night
Bloomberg – Mark Chediak – March 8, 2017

 

Ohio GOP lawmakers aim to kill wind, solar mandates, endorse competitive markets
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – March 7, 2017

Wheeling Intelligencer – Casey Jenkins – March 6, 2017

Ohio’s renewable energy standards could cost jobs, Buckeye Institute says
Columbus Business First – Tom Knox – March 6, 2017

US wind generation reached 5.5% of the grid in 2016
AWEA – David Ward, Director, Public Affairs – March 6, 2017

EPA: White House plans to ‘close out’ Energy Star, other programs
E & E News – Emily Holden – March 6, 2017

Amazon to install solar panels on 50 fulfilment facilities globally
Power Technology – March 6, 2017

Work begins on MSU solar energy array project
WLNS TV Lansing, Michigan – March 6, 2017

Power play
Crain’s Cleveland Business Editorial – March 5, 2017

Berkeley Lab Report Says Solar Homes with Leased Systems Sell for the Same as Non-Solar Homes
Berkeley National Laboratory – Ben Hoen, Joseph Rand, Sandra Adomatis – March 3, 2017

Where Does Energy Storage Fit in the Long Tail of Solar Installers?
Greentech Media – Travis Hoium – March 3, 2017
EESI – Environmental and Energy Study Institute – March 3, 2017

New Ohio ‘bailout’ request shakes up nuclear/carbon debate

Midwest Energy News – Kathiann Kowalski – March 2, 2017

U.S. military marches forward on green energy, despite Trump
Reuters Politics Special Reports – Timothy Gardner – March 1, 2017


February 2017

Columbus Business First – Tom Knox – February 28, 2017

Duke Energy Indiana’s First Solar Project Goes Online
Solar Industry Magazine – Joseph Bebon – February 28, 2017

U.S. power grid records largest gain since 2011
Fuel Mix – James Osborne – February 27, 2017

Reader View: Protect solar consumers with new law – See Report
Santa Fe New Mexican – Barbara Alexander – February 27, 2017

Solar panels proposed for muni court building
Marietta Times – Janelle Patterson – February 25, 2017

Renewable Energy: A world turned upside down
The Economist – Wildpoldsried – February 25, 2017

Ohio universities test new software to optimize building energy use with solar, batteries

Utility Dive – Peter Maloney – February 23, 2017

Talk it out: Should the Ohio General Assembly promote renewable energy
Cleveland com – Peter Krouse – February 23, 2017

Will Ohio backtrack on its green energy advances?
Dayton Daily News – Ned Ford – February 23, 2017

Bill coming soon to make Ohio renewable energy standards voluntary, customers can opt-out
Dayton Business Journal – Tom Knox – February 22, 2017

What Are the Barriers to a Renewable Energy Transformation?
WYSO 91.03 Public Radio Yellow Springs – Bob Brecha – February 22, 2017

Researchers press forward with national climate report by drawing on state-level data
Midwest Energy News – Kathiann Kowalski – February 22, 2017

FirstEnergy Corp. to sell or close its nuclear power plants
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – February 22, 2017

Advancing the Growth of the U.S. Wind Industry: Federal Incentives, Funding, and Partnership Opportunities
U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Fact Sheet – February 22, 2017

Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – February 21, 2017

Coal plants keep closing on Trump’s watch
E&E News – Benjamin Storrow – February 21, 2017

The Age of the Giant Battery Is Almost Upon Us
Bloomberg – Joe Ryan and Brian Eckhouse – February 20, 2017

Forget Tax Credits. These Two Federal Policy Changes Are a More Immediate Threat to Solar
Greentech Media – Travis Hoium – February 20, 2017

Solar farm proposed for Brooklyn landfill clears another hurdle

Cleveland com – Peter Krouse – February 17, 2017

Personal View: Clean energy revolution offers jobs, opportunity
Crain’s Cleveland Business – David Abbott, Ellen Alberding, Julia Stasch – February 17, 2017

Alternative energy doesn’t need help from President Trump
Yahoo Finance – Rick Newman – February 17, 2017

Race for Home Power Storage Pits British Startup Against Tesla
Renewable Energy World – Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg – February 17, 2017

Kasich fills two open seats on PUCO
Columbus Dispatch – Dan Gearino – February 16, 2017

Energy efficient light bulb, appliance rules started with Ronald Reagan, could be cut under Donald Trump
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – February 16, 2017

White Paper: Energy-Savings States of America
Appliance Standards Awareness Project – ASAP & American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy – ACEEE – February 16, 2017

The Nature Conservancy Supports Energy Efficiency Bill: Energy Savings & Industrial Competitiveness Act
Nature Conservancy News Features – February 16, 2017

Renewable energy draws increasing Republican support. That could shift climate politics.
Vox – David Roberts – February 16, 2017

Indiana Senate panel OKs bill to reduce solar incentives
Penn Energy – Brian Slodysko, Associated Press – February 16, 2017

US Solar Market Grows 95% in 2016, Smashes Records
Greentech Media – Mike Munsell – February 15, 2017

Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2017)
Environmental & Energy Study Insitute – EESI – February 15, 2017

Shelby County Recycling Center to get solar modules for energy generation
Sidney Daily News – Patricia Ann Speelman – February 15, 2017

How federal tax reform could complicate prospects for renewable energy
Utility Dive – Peter Maloney – February 15, 2017

Into the Wind – AWEA Blog – Greg Alvarez – February 15, 2017

Ohio GOP targets clean energy standards, efficiency rules
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – February 14, 2017

U.S. Solar Market Grows 95% in 2016, Smashes Records
SEIA & GTM Research News Release – February 14, 2017

It’s Official: Maryland Aims for 25% Renewables After Overriding Governor’s Veto
Energy Collective – Lauren Miller, Sol Systems – February 14, 2017

Governors To Trump: Here’s What We Need For Renewables Industry
North American Windpower – Betsy Lillian – February 14, 2017

Residential storage can undercut benefits of rooftop solar, says new study
Utility Dive – Peter Maloney – February 14, 2017

Solar company grew from owners’ need, interest
Columbus Dispatch – Kevin Kidder – February 12, 2017

Jimmy Carter Makes a Stand for Solar, Decades After the Cardigan Sweater
New York Times (re-published in Columbus Dispatch) – Alan Binder – February 11, 2017

2017 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook
Environmental and Energy Study Institute – EESI – February 10, 2017

Wind power surges into first place as America’s largest renewable resource [Ohio leads U.S. with over 60 wind power factories]
Michael Goggin – Into the Wind AWEA Blog – February 9, 2017

Despite solar job growth, company officials say Ohio policy prevented more

Midwest Energy News – Kathiann Kowalski  – February 9, 2017

Big Utilities Try to Tilt Solar Energy Market in Their Favor
ABC News – Brian Slodysko – February 9, 2017

Wind now largest renewable energy source in United States, advocates say
Cleveland com – Peter Krouse – February 9, 2017

Utility Dive – Jennifer McKevitt – February 9, 2017

Supreme Court considers controversial Champaign County wind farm today
Springfield News-Sun – Matt Sanctis – February 8, 2017

Innovation Spotlight: Third Sun Solar
Columbus CEO Magazine – Kevin Kidder – February 7, 2017

Ohio adds more than 1,000 solar industry jobs
Columbus Business First – Tom Knox – February 7, 2017

Greentech Media – Katie Fehrenbacher – February 7, 2017

Ohio’s Largest Solar Array – 20 MW at Bowling Green Starts Up
Accounts: City of Bowling Green & Bowling Green Sentinel-Journal – February 7, 2016

Total Domination: Renewables Account For Majority Of New U.S. Capacity (Again)
North American Windpower – Betsy Lillian – February 7, 2017

Solar energy workforce in Michigan grows by 48% in 2016
Detroit Crain’s Business – Annalise Frank – February 7, 2017

U.S. Community Solar Outlook 2017
Greentech Media Research – Cory Honeyman – February 6, 2017

Renewable energy mandates: How does Ohio compare to other states?
Cleveland com – Peter Krouse – February 3, 2017

Utility scale solar energy meeting
Hillboro Times-Gazette – February 3, 2017

Ohio voters want energy choice, oppose return to monopoly utilities
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – February 2, 2017

LEEDCo’s IceBreaker lake wind farm files for state permit
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – February 2, 2017

Solar Policy Actions Spiked in 2016, With a Focus on Net Metering  [50 States of Solar Report by NCCETC]
Greentech Media – Julia Pyper – February 2, 2017

Ohio’s Senate leader wants to create energy policy that can last the next 10 years
Columbus Business First – Tom Knox – February 1, 2017

Paulding Putnam Electric solar array online
Van Wert Times Bulletin – Melinda Krick – February 1, 2017


January 2017

DP&L to move away from coal, embrace renewables as part of settlement
Platts – Bob Matyi – January 31, 2017

AEP Sells Competitive Natural Gas, Coal Power Plants
Power Magazine – Sonal Patel – January 31, 2017

Ohio Parties Agree To Kill Coal Plants, Add More Wind And Solar
North American Windpower – Betsy Lillian – January 31, 2017

How behind-the-meter storage could make up 50% of the U.S. market by 2021
Utility Dive – Peter Maloney – January 31, 2017

Eight Areas of Electricity Innovation to Watch in 2017
Rocky Mountain Institute Outlet – January 31, 2017

As Trump Threatens Environmental Protections, These 3 Republican Governors Invest In Clean Energy
Forbes – Dick Munson, Environmental Defense Fund – January 30, 2017

ANALYSIS: Tax reform looms over US renewables market

Recharge News -Karl-Erik Stromsta – January 30, 2017

Ohio electric deregulation on the chopping block?
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – January 28, 2017

New Bill Could Kill Indiana’s Rooftop Solar Sector
EcoWatch – Lorraine Chow – January 28, 2017

Will the Ohio legislature allow the wind industry to thrive?
Cleveland com – Peter Krouse – January 26, 2017

Republican Governors Embrace Clean Energy’s Economic Promise
Environmental Defense Fund – Dick Munson – January 26, 2017

Roof of Concept [Solar Installation Rates for Democratic vs. Republican Donors by State]
Grist – Kate Yoder – January 26, 2017

Lessons from Germany’s aggressive path to integrate renewables on the grid
Midwest Energy News – Kathiann Kowalski – January 26, 2017

SunShot $1 per Watt Solar Cost Goal: Mission Accomplished, Years Ahead of Schedule
Greentech Media – Eric Wesoff – January 25, 2017

Power grid taking on more renewables amid policy, technical challenges
Midwest Energy News – David Unger – January 25, 2017

Indiana energy bill would eliminate net metering, move to ‘buy-all, sell-all’ solar model
Midwest Energy News – Kari Lydersen – January 24, 2017

10 US DOE Wind Energy Technology Research Projects in Ohio
U. S.  Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office – January 23, 2017

Two-Thirds Of Americans Disagree With Trump’s Focus On Fossil Fuels
Huffington Post – Hayley Miller – January 23, 2017

Trump’s victory creates uncertainty for wind and solar power

Associated Press – Cathy Bussewitz and Geoff Mulvihill – January 22, 2017

Scott Pruitt at EPA will hobble Ohio’s alternative-energy economy
Cleveland com – Jane Harf (Opinion) – January 22, 2017

First Solar Proves That PV Plants Can Rival Frequency Response Services From Natural Gas Peakers
Greentech Media – Jeff St. John – January 19, 2017

Whirlpool Breaks Ground on Latest Ohio Wind-Power Project
Wind Systems Magazine – Whirlpool Corporation – January 19, 2017

Annual global grid-connected solar additions grew 50% to 75GW in 2016 – PVMA
PV Tech – Tom Kenning – January 19, 2017

There’s a revolution happening in electricity. Utilities need to keep up.
Vox – David Roberts – January 19, 2017

Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year
New York Times – Justin Gillis & John Schwartz – January 18, 2017

3 Midwestern States That Refuse to Abandon the Renewable Energy Revolution
EcoWatch – Susan Cosier – January 18, 2017

As Trump takes office, job growth is pushing GOP governors to embrace renewables
Utility Dive – Peter Maloney – January 17, 2017

First Solar Leads List of Top 25 U.S. Solar PV Owners
Greentech Media & Solar Asset Management – January 16, 2017

[Findlay, Ohio’s] One Energy Enterprises Secures $80 Million in Financing from Prudential Capital Group
Middle East North Africa Financial Network – MENAFN – January 16, 2017

The Military Is Getting Greener, but That Clashes With Trump’s Promises
Fortune – Associated Press – January 14, 2017

Governor Kasich Restores Clean Energy Standards in Ohio
Union of Concerned Scientists – Jessica Collingsworth – January 13, 2017

Natural gas prices in 2016 were the lowest in nearly 20 years
US Energy Information Administration – EIA – January 13, 2017

Gov. Kasich’s Veto Creates $10B Market Opportunity, But Ohio’s Energy Future is Far from Settled
AEE – Advanced Energy Economy – Ray Fakhoury & Ted Ford – January 12, 2017

Co-op touts solar panels
The Marietta Times – Janelle Paterson – January 12, 2017

Governor Cuomo Announced $360 Million for 11 New Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects in State of the State
New York State Energy Reseach & Development Authority – January 12, 20171.9 Million Energy Efficiency Jobs in U.S.

Center for Sustainable Energy – January 12, 2017
Greentech Media – Julia Pyper – January 12, 2017

Vermont’s newly-elected GOP governor backs 90% RPS
Utility Dive – Peter Maloney – January 11. 2017

New report: States with strong domestic clean energy choices are creating jobs and economic growth
Solar Power World – Kelsey Misbrener – January 10, 2017

The irreversible momentum of clean energy
Science – Barack Obama – January 10, 2017

Renewable generation capacity expected to account for most 2016 capacity additions
U.S. Energy Information Administration – E.I.A. – January 10, 2017

640 companies to Trump: Stay the course on clean energy
Mashable – Andrew Freedman – January 10, 2017

Seitz: The case against clean energy mandates
Cincinnati Enquirer – State Senator Bill Seitz – January 9, 2017

Akron’s Lynn Slaby leaving PUCO in April, not seeking second term
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – January 9, 2017
 
Report: Benefits of state renewable energy policies far outweigh costs
E&E Publishing, LLC Republished with permission in Midwest Energy News – David Ferris – January 9, 2017
 

Springfield Sun News – Matt Sanctis – January 8, 2017

Up to standard
Crain’s Cleveland Business Editorial – January 8, 2017

 
The States Most Friendly to Rooftop Solar, Ranked
Greentech Media – Julian Spector – January 6, 2017
 
Predictions 2017: 5 takes on what the new year will bring for renewable energy
Utility Dive – Krysti Shallenberger – January 5, 2017

Ohio Gov. Kasich vetoes renewable energy rewrite
Electric Power & Light – Wayne Barber – January 5, 2017

Ohio utility’s efficiency programs to move forward under settlement
Midwest Energy News – Kathiann Kowalski – January 5, 2017

Recent AEP Decision in Ohio a Mixed Bag for Clean Energy
Environmental Defense Fund – Dick Munson – January 4, 2017

Year in Review: Top Five State Policy Battles of 2016
Energy Collective – Lexie Briggs – January 4, 2017

A Prospective Analysis of the Costs, Benefits, and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards
Berkeley Labs – Mai, Trieu, Ryan H. Wiser, Galen L. Barbose, Lori Bi6rd, et. al. – January 3, 2017

 

Ohio clean energy standards resume, but still weakened by 2014 laws
Midwest Energy News – Kathiann Kowalski – January 3, 2017

John Kasich to the rescue: Governor vetoes attack on Ohio’s clean energy
PV-Tech – Danielle Ola – January 3, 2017

Ohio Gov. Hearts Renewables, Takes A Swipe At Oil & Gas
Clean Technica – Tina Casey – January 3, 2017

Gov. Kasich ensures wind power has a future in Ohio
American Wind Energy Assn (AWEA) Blog – Greg Alvarez

Community solar comes to coal country – Buckeye Power installs third project  2.1 MW of community solar in coal-fueled southern Ohio
PV Magazine – Frank Andorka – January 3, 2017

Cross-commodity factbox: US energy markets in 2017
Platts – January 3, 2017

Clean energy and the myth of free markets
Cincinnati Enquirer – Joseph P. Tomain – January 2, 2017

Washington Electric Cooperative launches OurSolar
Parkersburg News & Sentinel – January 1. 2017

Primed by alternative-energy investments, Ohio can lead on smarter energy in 2017
Cleveland Plain Dealer – Dick Munson & Josh Knights (Opinion) – January 1, 2017

Solar now cheapest new form of energy in nearly 60 countries
Daily Kos – Sher Watts Spooner – January 1, 2017

GEO Policy Watch 2016

December 2016

Kasich keeps his word on clean energy
Akron Beacon Journal Editorial – December 31, 2016

Governor John Kasich Vetoes HB 554 – Veto Message
Office of the Governor – December 27, 2016 – Google List of News Coverage (Major Ohio Newspaper Stories Below)

Kasich vetoes bill that would have made renewable energy voluntary, opens the door to comprehensive energy reform
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – December 27, 2016

Kasich vetoes bill delaying renewable energy mandates
Toledo Blade – Jim Provance – December 27, 2016

Kasich breaks with GOP, keeps renewable energy standards
Cincinnati Enquirer – Carrie Blackmore Smith – December 27, 2016

Kasich vetoes bill weakening clean-energy standards
Columbus Dispatch – Dan Gearino – December 27, 2016

Midwestern Energy: Republican Governors Champion Clean Energy in Ohio, Michigan, Iowa and Illinois
NRDC – Natural Resource Defense Council – Henry Henderson – December 27, 2016

Gov. Kasich Vetoes Continued Freeze on Ohio Clean Energy Mandates
Greentech Media – Julia Pyper – December 27, 2016

The renewables industry must reject existing structure of corporate influence in politics
The Hill – Rachel Goldstein, Clean Energy Leadership Institute – December 23, 2016

Industry insiders confident in the bright future of renewable energy
Akron Beacon Journal – Alicia Chang, Associated Press – December 22, 2016

ACEEE – Martin Kushler – December 21, 2016

All the state energy legislation from 2016, in one place – Three states substantially increased their RPS targets – OR, RI, DC
Vox – David Roberts – December 20, 2016

A ‘mixed bag’ for clean energy as Midwest legislatures close out 2016
Midwest Energy News – Andy Balaskovitz – December 20, 2016

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Ohio Gov Kasich Must Veto Energy Bill
Natural Resource Defense Council – Samantha Williams – December 19, 2016

Solar is top source of new capacity on the US grid in 2016 – No new coal, natural gas swamped by wind, solar, and nuclear
ars Technica – John Timmer – December 19, 2019

The Energy Department helped start a revolution – and doesn’t know who to hand it off to
Washington Post – Chris Mooney – December 19, 2016

Michigan Passed Laws Requiring 15% Renewables By 2021
ECOreport – Roy Hales – December 17, 2016

Michigan revamps RPS, net-metering in last-minute bill
PV Magazine – Frank Andorka – December 16, 2016

Ohio Gov. John Kasich should veto bill that freezes alternative energy standards
Cleveland Plain Dealer Editorial – December 16, 2016

AEP Seeks Proposals for Wind, Solar Projects
Columbus Dispatch – Dan Gearino – December 16, 2016

Energy talks go all night in House, but no vote yet
Detroit News – Jonathan Oosting – December 15, 2016
 

Cuyahoga County Solar Farm Project Will Help Region’s Renewable Energy Ranking
WKSU 89.7 Public Radio – Kevin Niedermier – December 14, 2016

Ohio clean energy standards are toast unless Gov. John Kasich steps in to save them
Vox – David Roberts – December 13, 2016

Ohio lawmakers call for keeping freeze on clean energy mandates

Toledo Blade – Tom Henry  – December 10, 2016

Will Gov. Kasich Save Ohio’s Clean Energy Economy?
EcoWatch – Dan Zukowski – December 10, 2016

Green Energy Ohio (GEO) Letter Requesting Veto Sub. House Bill 554
GEO Executive Director Bill Spratley – December 9, 2016

Ohio advocates hope Kasich follows through on promise to veto clean energy freeze
Midwest Energy News – Kathiann Kowalski – December 9, 2016

Critic of Ohio clean-energy requirements getting solar panels at home
Columbus Dispatch – Dan Gearino – December 9, 2016

Ohio Senate Floor Debate Video on Sub. H.B. 554
Ohio Channel – December 8, 2016

Ohio Senate approves energy bill making compliance voluntary for two years
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – December 8, 2016

Clean-energy standards bill passes Senate, House
Columbus Dispatch – Dan Gearino – December 8, 2016

The Ohio Senate could vote as early as Thursday on a bill making the state’s clean-energy standards optional for the next three years 
Public News Service – December 8, 2016

‘Giveaway’ for utilities included in bill to make Ohio energy standards voluntary
Midwest Energy News – Kathiann Kowalski – December 7, 2016

At least five more cold winters for Ohio’s RES
PV Magazine – Frank Andorka – December 7, 2016

PR News Wire – Whirlpool Corporation – December 7, 2016

Are legislators calling Kasich’s bluff over renewable energy freeze?
Cincinnati Enquirer – Carrie Blackmore Smith – December 6, 2016


Ohio House makes green-energy rules voluntary, despite John Kasich’s appeal

Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – December 6, 2016

Ohio House OKs bill to weaken clean-energy standards
Columbus Dispatch –  Dan Gearino – December 6, 2016

Follow the money behind attacks on clean energy in Ohio
Energy & Policy Institute – Dave Anderson – December 6, 2016

PUCO’s Howard Petricoff faced confirmation obstacles from the start, emails show
Columbus Business First – Tom Knox – December 6, 2016

Commentary: Ohio should lead, not lag, in solar energy investment
Canton Repository – Tom Kimbis, Solar Energy Industries Association – December 6, 2016

Critics: Jobs will be in jeopardy if Ohio energy bill becomes law
Midwest Energy News – Kathiann Kowalski – December 2, 2016

PUCO’s Howard Petricoff resigns as commissioner
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – December 2, 2016

Northern Ohio institutions become laboratories for future energy usage
Phys org – December 1, 2016

Gov. Kasich Must Step In To Stop Ideologically Driven Anti-Jobs Energy Bill
Cleveland Plain Dealer Editorial – December 1, 2016

November 2016

Ohio lawmakers to make green energy mandates voluntary until 2020
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – November 30, 2014

Kasich no fan of proposal weakening clean-energy standards
Columbus Dispatch – Dan Gearino – November 30, 2014

Testimony of William A. Spratley, Executive Director Green Energy Ohio
Opposition Testimony for House Bill 554, Ohio House of Representatives Public Utilities Committee – November 30, 2016

Green energy advocates warn Ohio lawmakers that renewable freeze will kill business
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – November 30, 2016

Ohio House Moves to Change Renewable Energy Policy Again
WKSU 89.7 Public Radio – Andy Chow

Report: Solar and Wind Good Business for Ohio Companies
Public News Service – November 30, 2016

AEP Seeks $52 Million to Build up to 10 Ohio Microgrids
Greentech Media – Julia Pyper – November 30, 2016

IKEA to Install Solar Panels Atop Future Columbus, OH Store Opening Summer 2017; Array Will Be Retailer’s 2nd in State
Business Wire – November 30, 2016

Survey finds conservative and GOP support for clean energy
Milwaukee Sentinel – Thomas Content – November 30, 2016

Testimony of William A. Spratley, Executive Director Green Energy Ohio
Opposition Testimony for Senate Bill 320, Ohio Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee – November 29, 2016

More than 60 businesses testify against extending freeze on renewable energy, energy efficiency
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – November 29, 2016

Ohio clean energy standards may go from ‘frozen’ to voluntary in coming weeks
Midwest Energy News – Kathiann Kowalski – November 29, 2016

Wind energy ready to boost Ohio’s economy
Into the Wind AWEA Blog – Andrew Gohn – November 29, 2016

As cities take the lead on climate change issues, Cleveland’s a good place to emulate
Crain’s Cleveland Business – Scott Suttell – November 29, 2016

Another Ohio renewable-energy freeze possible before Christmas, return to full-utility regulation delayed
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – November 28, 2016

Ohio Utility Includes Renewables Mechanism In Proposed Electricity Plan
Solar Industry Magazine – Betsy Lillian – November 28, 2016

Ohio Senate bill would end freeze on green power rules – Benchmark has been held at 2.5% past 2 years
Toledo Blade – Jim Provance – November 23, 2016

Renewables reach 16.7% of US’ total power capacity in 2015 – NREL
See News Renewables – Ivan Shumkov – November 23, 2016

Economics to Keep Wind and Solar Energy Thriving With Trump
Bloomberg – Joe Ryan, Chris Martin, Jim Polson – November 22, 2016

Top five reasons I’m thankful to advocate for wind energy
Huffington Post – Tom Kiernan, CEO, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) – November 22, 2016

Senate, House Vary On Plans To Change Green Energy Policies
WCPN Ideastream – Public Radio Cleveland – Andy Chow – November 21, 2016

Ohio Senate bill would trim green energy goals
Columbus Dispatch – Dan Gearino – November 17, 2016

First Solar plans to lay off 1,600 workers
Toledo Blade – Blade Staff – November 16, 2016

Unfreeze clean energy in Ohio
Akron Beacon Journal Editorial – November 16, 2016

Ohio’s renewable energy freeze fight reignites; business groups urge Kasich to take action
Columbus Business First – Tom Knox – November 16, 2016

Ohio lawmakers try again to weaken efficiency, renewable energy rules but risk Governor John Kasich’s veto
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – November 15, 2016

Hearings resume on bill to further weaken Ohio clean energy standards
Midwest Energy News – Kathiann Kowalski – November 15, 2016

How wind and solar plan to thrive during the Trump presidency
Utility Dive – Herman K. Trabish – November 15, 2016

Against the wind: Ohio lawmaker pushes for stricter rules on wind development
Midwest Energy News – Kathiann Kowalski – November 14, 2016

Cuyahoga Council expected to approve wind and solar energy power agreement
Cleveland com – Peter Krouse – November 14, 2016

“Our Solar” Community Solar Project to Install 23 Systems
GEO News Magazine – Fall 2016 – John Witte, Integrated Solar Ltd – November 13, 2016

Consequences of First Energy’s Electric Security Plan Rehearing Decision
GEO News Magazine – Fall 2016 – Dylan Borchers, Bricker & Eckler – November 13, 2016

Reinvigorating Ohio’s Clean Energy Standards Could Save $5B by 2030. Here’s How
GEO News Magazine – Fall 2016 – Dick Munson, Environmental Defense Fund – November 13, 2016

Ohio regulators approve AEP plan to retire 1,500 MW of coal generation [& build 900 MW of clean energy generation]
Utility Dive – Robert Walton – November 11, 2016

Fort Wayne-based utility now generates enough -from sunlight to power 2,000 homes. [Indiana Michigan Power is owned by American Electric Power]

Fort Wayne News-Sentinel – staff report – November 11, 2016

Sweeping energy overhaul passes Michigan Senate
Detroit News – Jonathan Oosting – November 10, 2016

Renewable Energy Will Do Just Fine In President Trump’s America
Forbes – James Conca – November 10, 2016

All bets are off: 4 takeaways on what President Trump means for the power sector
Utility Dive – Gavin Bade – November 9, 2016FirstEnergy to sell or close power plants if Ohio, Pennsylvania do not return to regulated rates
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – November 8, 2016

FirstEnergy joining AEP push to pull back on open market in Ohio
Columbus Business First – Tom Knox – November 7, 2016

AEP wins profit guarantee sought in coal-fired power case – [PUCO Decision Approves 900 MW of Wind & Solar]
Columbus Dispatch – Dan Gearino – November 4, 2016

Group promotes renewable energy
Columbus Dispatch – Letter to the Editor – November 3, 2016

Energy interests, mostly fossil fuels, give big to Ohio campaigns
Midwest Energy News – Kathiann Kowalski – November 3, 2016

AEP plans to spend $1 billion on renewables
Columbus Business First – Tom Knox – November 2, 2016

Restore renewables standards so Ohio can lead in clean-tech
Athens News – Letter to the Editor – November 2, 2016

Amazon to build second wind farm in Ohio
Columbus Dispatch – Mark Williams, Dan Gearino – November 1, 2016

GOP may need reboot post-Trump, Kasich says
Columbus Dispatch – Darrel Rowland – November 1, 2016

October 2016

Amazon orders new wind farm in Ohio to help power cloud business
Seattle Times – Angel Gonzalez – October 31, 2016

Uncertainty, backsliding in Ohio’s renewable energy policy driving homegrown innovations out of state
Cleveland.com – Doug Herr and John Colm (Opinion) – October 30, 2016

Ohio lawmakers and lobbyists battle over cost of renewable energy
WCPO – Cincinnati – Liam Niemeyer – October 30, 2016

Wind energy poised for growth in Ohio, advocates say
Columbus Dispatch – Dan Gearino – October 30, 2016

German utilities’ clean-energy transition offers insights for Ohio
Midwest Energy News – Kathiann M. Kowalski – October 28, 2016

Whirlpool’s wind-turbine project starts – Firm’s Ottawa plant to get boost in renewable energy
Toledo Blade – John Chavez – October 27, 2016

Wake Up Ohio Lawmakers and Unfreeze Your Renewable Energy Standards
EcoWatch – Samantha Williams, NRDC – October 26, 2016

Wind generating a double-digit share of Colorado’s power supply – 11 states in 2015 get 10% or more of their electricity from wind farms
Denver Business Journal – Cathy Proctor – October 26, 2016

Corporate leaders urge GOP to reinstate renewable energy
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – October 25, 2016

Renewable energy capacity overtakes coal
BBC News – Andrew Walker – October 25, 2016

Energy tip to Ohio lawmakers: Renewables, efficiency not “all or nothing”
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – October 24, 2016

Report: State support of clean energy could add jobs, cut consumer costs
Columbus Dispatch – Dan Gearino – October 24, 2016

Minster getting attention for solar innovation

Lima News – Craig Kelly – October 22, 21016

Raise the renewable energy standard, because conserving is what conservatives do
MLive – Larry Ward – October 19, 2016

Ohio has 1,500 fewer industrial companies buying power, and bills keep going up
Columbus Business First – Tom Knox – October 18, 21016

Ohio Senate President Keith Faber met with the editorial board of cleveland.com & Plain Dealer and shared his thoughts about … renewable energy standards and more
Cleveland.com – Peter Krouse – October 17, 2016

Amazon Web Services (AWS) launches region in Ohio
Tech Crunch – Frederic Lardinois – October 17, 2016

Ohio produces less renewable energy than Kentucky, Is that OK? [Sen. Sietz & Gov. Kasich positions on Ohio Renewables]
Cincinnati Enquirer – Carrie Blackmore Smith – October 17, 2016

Study: Toledo fails in ‘green test’ City ranks 97th out of 100 for environmental practices
Toledo Blade – Tom Henry – October 13, 2016

Conservatives enlightened at Clean Energy Summit
Sidney Daily News – Tyler M. Duvelius – October 13, 2016

Solar FlexRack Supplies Iowa’s Largest Utility PV Project
PV Magazine – Charles Thurston – October 13, 2016

Metro Denver utility bills pale in comparison to Cleveland and Buffalo
Denver Post – Aldo Svaldi – October 13, 2016

PUCO gives FirstEnergy up to $200 million in surcharges a year for three years, and chance to extend increases an additional 2 years
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – October 12, 2016

Officials try to save Ohio jobs in military

Lima News – Jim Provance – October 8, 2016

Renewable Energy Standards Divide Ohio Lawmakers
WKSU Public Radio 89.7 – Andy Chow – October 4, 2016

Ohio Utilities Seek Solar And Renewable Energy Credits
Solar Industry Magazine – October 4, 2016

Proposed legislation would further weaken Ohio clean energy standards
Midwest Energy News – Kathiann Kowalski – October 4, 2016

[Ohio’s AEP Energy On-Site Partners Build Big New York Solar Array] Farming the sun in Ontario County
Canandaigua Daily Messenger, New York – Melody Burri – October 2, 2016

September 2016

Corporations Take Advanced Energy Into Their Own Hands; Solar + Storage like Peanut Butter and Chocolate
The Clean Energy Collective – Lexie Briggs – September 30, 2016

Personal View: Lawmakers must advance energy reform
Cleveland Crain’s Business – Matt Brakey – September 30, 2016

Ohio Clean Energy
OSU Public Radio – All Sides with Ann Fisher – Kathiann Kowalski, Bill Seitz, Al Frasz – September 28, 2016

New proposals for Ohio’s clean energy mandates coming at Statehouse

Columbus Business First – Tom Knox – September 28, 2016

Kasich vows to veto any legislation extending renewable energy freeze, lawmakers also uneasy
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – September 27, 2016

Kasich says he’d veto any bill eliminating clean-energy standards
Columbus Dispatch – Dan Gearino – September 27, 2016

Ohio ranked 29th in the 2016 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, dropping two positions in the rankings
American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy – ACEEE – September 26, 2016

Plan to thaw clean-energy freeze makes compliance optional
Columbus Dispatch – Dan Gearino – September 23, 2016

Ohio Senate Energy Bill Out Of Touch With Conservatives
National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) – Samantha Williams – September 23, 2016

A trusted name in American manufacturing makes a wind power play – Timken
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) – Greg Alvarez – September 23, 2016

How Advanced Energy Can Save Money for Ohioans
Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) – Ray Fakhoury – September 22, 2016

Ohio GOP voters support green energy, efficiency programs and customer choice
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – September 21, 2016

Should Conservatives Embrace Clean Energy?
Cleveland City Club Panel – Audio & Video – Michael Hartley, Terry McClure, Lynn Scarlett – September 21, 2016

Ohio’s energy future cloudy at best, storms likely (video) – PUCO Chair Asim Haque video interview
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – September 20, 2016

Ohio’s Falling State Ranking in Total Solar PV Installations in New U.S. Solar Market Insight Report  Q3 2016 from GTM/Research & SEIA in p. 9 Table of States – September 2016

A close-up look at Lake Erie’s wind-energy project (video)
Cleveland.com – Peter Krouse – September 20, 2016

From Corvettes to wind turbines: this company does it all – Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG)
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) – Greg Alvarez – September 20, 2016

Ohio Business Roundtable champions shale gas, likes wind and solar but not rules on green power
Cleveland Plain Dealer – John Funk – September 16, 2016

Whirlpool Invests in Wind Energy
JustMeans – Gina-Marie Cheeseman – September 16, 2016

GM pledges 100% renewable energy power by 2050
The Detroit News – Melissa Burden – September 14, 2016

Minster, Ohio’s Solar/Storage Projects Gets National Award – IREC’s National 3iAwards Presented For Innovation, Ingenuity & Inspiration in Clean Energy
Alternative Energy Magazine – September 14, 2016

Ohio Supreme Court strikes down challenge to wind-farm approval
Columbus Dispatch – Dan Gearino – September 7, 216

1st Carbon-Neutral Car Dealership In World Is … Motorcars Honda In Ohio?
Clean Technica – September 3, 2016

Ohio to lose millions in wind-energy investments if state laws aren’t changed
Cleveland.com – Peter Krouse – September 2, 2016

Ohio’s largest wind farm, sprouts cash crop of turbines
Cleveland.com – Peter Krouse – September 1, 2016

August 2016

Solar panels a money-saver for General Motors Lordstown Complex
WYTV Youngstown Channel 33 – August 31, 2016

[IGS Energy of Dublin, Ohio in 4.8 MW Solar Deal in Maine] Politics overshadow solar’s potential in Maine
Portland, Maine Press-Herald – Tux Turkel – August 28, 2016

Solar power growing rapidly as prices tumble and tax credits are extended – VIDEO: Post-Conference Interview with GEO’s Bill Spratley
Cleveland Plain Dealer by John Funk – August 27, 2016

State’s largest solar project to be in B.G. – Ohio’s energy landscape changing
Toledo Blade – Tom Henry – August 26, 2016

GEO Building Big Solar Across Ohio: Bowling Green Conference – August 25, 2016
Articles in: BG Independent News (2), Cleveland Plain Dealer (2),  Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune (2)Toledo BladeBowling Green Sentinel-Tribune (1),  Cleveland Plain Dealer (1), Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune (1), Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune (2), BG Independent News (1),Washington Times, Youngstown Vindicator,  Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
20 Expert Speaker Presentations at GEO Conference – August 25, 2016

GEO Study of Ohio’s 25 Largest Solar Arrays – GEO News Release – August 16, 2016
Also see Solar Study and August 25 Big Solar Conference articles in Summer GEO News Magazine, August 2016

Building Big Solar Across Ohio, GEO News Magazine, Summer, 2016

April 2016

30 Expert Speaker Presentations: Ohio Green Energy Policy Conference: Energizing Green Ohio Communities
– April 7, 2016

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