The ECOreport reposts news of collateral damages from legislation meant to protect homeowners, Setbacks To School’s Wind Power Revenues
Originally Published on Nexis Media
By Emily Sanders
Superintendent Ken Amstutz dreamed of propelling his rural Ohio school district into a high-tech future with nearly a million dollars in annual revenue from a single wind farm set to go online this year.
Continue reading Setbacks To School’s Wind Power Revenues
Originally Published in Clean Technica
By Cynthia Shahan
Many America cities revolved around streetcars in the last century. In Cleveland, the streets Lorain, Superior, and Euclid were core to the city’s streetcar system, running to all of the city’s neighborhoods. As cars crept in and replaced streetcars, these core modes of trransport and cosmopolitan life fell away. Streetcar tracks paved with cement left wide empty streets longing for more stores. The streets showed vacancies due to population shifts to the suburbs and lack of nearby pedestrians and streetcar riders in wait.
Continue reading Cleveland Bike Lanes Where Old Streetcar Lanes Once Flourished
By Roy L Hales
Yesterday, Ohio’s Governor, John Kasich signed Senate Bill 310, freezing Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for two years. The Ohio State House previously passed SB 310 by a 53-38 vote. This prompted the usual round of conspiracy theories about ALEC and the Koch brothers. It is really time to look at the other opponents of wind energy.
Continue reading The Other Opponents of Wind Energy
By Roy L Hales
Coal is Ohio’s principal energy source, but in 2008 the state legislature adopted adopted renewable energy and energy efficiency standards (SB 221) that require 25% of the electricity supplied by investor owned utilities to be supplied by “alternative energy” sources by 2025. These alternative sources include nuclear power and “clean coal.” Half must come from from renewable sources such as wind and hydropower and at least 0.5% from solar. The nature of this mix is important. A bill (SB 310) is currently before the legislature that would freeze the renewable energy standards at 2014 levels while a house committee studies their cost.
Continue reading Should Ohio Re-examine its Renewable Energy Standards?