Governor Rick Snyder wanted to overhaul the state’s energy bills in 2015, but encountered fierce opposition. Opponents of Senate Bill 438 (SB 438) believed it puts corporate interests above the needs of residents. Proponents describe it as a small step towards lowering electricity costs, creating jobs and improving public health. Thanks to the Governor’s direct intervention, the legislators found a compromise. Thursday Michigan passed laws requiring 15% renewables by 2021.
Wind power saved PJM residents $1 billion in two days last year. Frigid Arctic temperatures spread over the 13 Mid Atlantic and Great Lakes states (PJM) on January 6 and 7, 2014. There was not enough conventional energy to meet demand. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), spot princes would have skyrocketed if had there not been an abundance of wind energy available. Continue reading Wind Energy Saved US Residents $1 Billion In Two Days→
The ECOreport looks at surprises in the API’s “State of American Energy Report” – How old technologies recognize renewables
By Roy L Hales
There are a lot of Surprises in the API’s “State of American Energy Report.” Some of the opening chapters have names like: “Nuclear Energy Reliably Powers America”; “Hydropower, A Wave of Potential for a Renewable Energy Future”; “Geothermal Power, Renewable Energy from the Earth’s Warmth”; “Solar Energy in America Shines Bright”; “The Attributes of Wind Energy are Adding Up”; “Biomass Power: Ready, Proven and Cost-Effective Energy.” There are chapters on oil, natural gas and coal as well, but the American Petroleum Institute (API) doesn’t normally promote fossil fuels. Continue reading Surprises in the API’s “State of American Energy Report”→
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→
Coal is Ohio’s principal energy source, but in 2008 the state legislatureadopted 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. Should Ohio Re-examine its Renewable Energy Standards? Continue reading Should Ohio Re-Examine Its Renewable Energy Standards?→