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October 2011 News

October 31, 2011

Constellation Energy Enters Ohio Residential Electric Market with ...
MarketWatch
The easy web signup for the green energy offer is available at home.constellation.com. "As a market leader nationwide, we are the logical choice for Ohio ...


October 28, 2011

County eyes "green energy zone'
Fremont News Messenger
With the alternative energy zone, Reiter said, that per-megawatt tax would be reduced to between $6000 and $9000. A state law passed by the Ohio General ...
 
October 27, 2011
 
Ohio and Michigan Race to Own the First Freshwater Offshore Wind ...
In 2005, Green Energy Ohio, a non-profit organization devoted to promote environmentally and economically sustainable energy policies in Ohio, built a wind ...
 
Ohio: Battered in the Buckeye State
BusinessWeek
Nearly three years later, Cardinal, which makes bolts for wind turbines and construction projects, is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and down to about 25 workers from a peak of 65. Owner John Grabner, 58, says that although Obama was “the right man for the ...
 
First Solar Early-Announces Q3 After CEO Ouster, Cuts Guidance ...
GreenTechMeida.com
Gillette out as CEO. Guidance for the year has now been cut to net sales of $3.0B
to $3.3B. Layoffs ahead?
 
 
October 26, 2011
 
Workshop to focus on growing renewable energy industry
CattleNetwork.com
10, to show the growth of Ohio's renewable energy and products sector and explore new opportunities within the green industry. Registration is now open for ...
 
October 25, 2011
 
Upgrading The Wind
AOL Energy
If an experiment currently underway in Ohio goes well, wind could be poised for a full-scale comeback as an energy source. "Wind is low energy-density," Dr. Majid Rashidi of Cleveland State University told AOL Energy last week, and the utility scale ...

Wind Energy Services wins turbine service contract with MFG
High Performance Composites
... services for wind farm operations, announced on Oct. 20 that the company has established partnering agreements with three turbine component manufacturing facilities, all entities of the Molded Fiber Glass Cos. (MFG, Ashtabula, Ohio, USA). ...

 
Jobs, Energy and Environment: Adventurer, Problem-Solver Steven ...
MarketWatch
With talk about the jobs program and getting Americans back to work, Steven Green announces an energy ...
 
Future of Solar and Wind Power May Hinge on Federal Aid
New York Times
The threat to tax credits complicates long-term planning. IN recent years, wind and solar power have been among the fastest-growing sources of energy in the country. ...

 
First Solar CEO Rob Gillette Out, Stock Tumbles ...
GreenMediaTech.com
Company founder, Mike Ahearn, to serve as interim CEO. Layoffs ahead?
 
October 24, 2011
 
When utilities sidestep renewables mandates, it undermines their ...
Energy Collective
To further insult Ohio's Clean Energy Law, lawmakers allied with First Energy such as Republican Senator Kris Jordan of Powell now are trying to repeal it. ...
 

October 22, 2011

Auditor of State Yost visits
Times Bulletin
After driving past many wind turbines coming from Paulding County on Friday, Yost noted, "Everyone is concerned about economic development. The wind farms have been a boon and Ohio really has an opportunity to see some economic boons because of energy ...
 
October 20, 2011
 
TEEX to train solar installers for jobs in renewable energy industry
TEEX News
The legislation also set a target of reaching 10000 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2025. Jay Warmke of Green Energy Ohio, the subject matter expert who ...
 
Timken, Stark State, Port Authority team up on nation's first R&D ...
hivelocity.com
Technical students at Stark State College could be blown away by America’s first R&D center for large wind-turbine gearbox systems.  The Timken Company, Stark State and the Stark County Port Authority are building a Wind Energy Research and Development Center, the first of its kind in the U.S. Timken will use the facility to develop ultra-large bearings and seals on sophisticated equipment that replicates the operating environment of large multi-megawatt wind turbines. 
 
October 19, 2011

Seneca County Now Alternative Energy Zone
1330 WFIN
Construction of wind farms are being proposed in western Seneca County and overlapping into Hancock County. Northwest Ohio is considered to be one of the hottest spots in the nation for wind energy.


Alternative energy zone established
Tiffin Review Times
Seneca County Commissioners approved a resolution which makes the county an "alternative ...
 
Wind Farm Workshop At Owens Educates Public And Business Leaders
1330 WFIN
The workshop presented by Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Development was designed to provide insight into the wind farm supply chain industry.. Ed Westin, Director of GLWN (formerly the Great ...
 
Wind power make 1st appearance in Ohio, 'churning up cash'
REVE
Eight new wind energy projects planned for northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan will add up to $2.8 billion in investment and generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of some 400000 homes. "A transformation of the economic landscape ...

October 18, 2011
 
Badger State Running Against The Wind Under Walker
EarthTechling
While other states are seeing job growth from the wind energy sector and wind energy supply chain — states like Ohio, which we looked at yesterday in this post — Wisconsin leaders, particularly Governor Scott Walker, seemed bound and determined to ...

GEM INC. INSTALLS 100kW WIND TURBINE AT TOLEDO JOINT ...
Alternative Energy Magazine
GEM Inc. has installed a 100kW wind turbine at the Toledo Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee in Rossford, Ohio.
 
October 17, 2011

Daniel Yergin makes 'The Quest' a complex page-turner
Plain Dealer
Wind turbines rise above the cornfields in Van Wert, Ohio. By Alex Nalbach Clevelanders who are either enthusiastic or alarmed about the prospect of wind turbines cranking away on ...
 
Ohio's Renewable Energy Mandate Creates Jobs
IBTimes
The CEO of EDP Renewables, Gabriel Alsonso, directly credits Ohio's renewable energy law for siting the farm in Ohio instead of Indiana. ...
 
October 16, 2011
 
Englewood duo demonstrates hydrogen as fuel alternative to GM reps
WDTN
Energy is captured through solar panels and wind turbines. The energy is then used to generate electricity and once combined with water, hydrogen and oxygen are produced. Hydrogen is what will run the future GM hydrogen powered fuel cell car. ...
 
October 15, 2011
 
Wind power churning up cash
Toledo Blade
That small-scale wind farm was developed by American Municipal Power. Air Energy's Mr. Cantwell said that although northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan may not have the sustained winds of the Great Plains, its proximity to the existing electrical grid ...

October 14, 2011
 
Indians partner with Cleveland State, go greener with wind turbine
AHN | All Headline News
The Cleveland Indians announced recently plans to partner with Cleveland State University to install a wind turbine at Progressive Field in time for the 2012 season. An 18-foot-wide helix turbine, the latest version of a "wind amplification turbine ...

Ontario school board nixes solar panels
Mansfield News Journal
The Ontario school board wasted no time reaching a verdict on a proposal to bring solar power to the

 
October 13, 2011
 
Kenston wind turbine picking up speed
News-Herald.com
A combination of grants totaling more than $1.5 million enabled the district's energy-efficient project. Archbold and Pettisville school districts, both located in Northwest Ohio's Fulton County, also received grants for the project and are on similar ...
 
Big Expansion of Wind in North Dakota, Ohio Gets First Big Wind Farm
SustainableBusiness.com
Wind could supply 25% of North Dakota's electricity next year and Ohio just opened it first utility-scale wind farm. Thanks to policies that support clean energy, wind could supply 25% of North Dakota's electricity by the end of next year. ...
 
Cleveland Offshore Wind Project Aims For 2014 Construction
Offshore Wind Wire
The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) is planning to begin construction on its pilot offshore wind farm in 2014, according to CEO Lorry Wagner. In an interview yesterday with Offshore Wind Wire, ...

Green Energy Ohio Tour | The Post
The Post
It was in Southeast Michigan at age 9 that local resident Jeff Wilson began to lay the foundational know-how that would lead to the creation of his passive solar pièce de résistance...
 
October 12, 2011
 
Blowing in the Wind: Jobs in the Wind Industry
E-Commerce Times
The need for consistent wind has, in fact, led some companies to steer away from wind power and focus on other renewable energy options. Southern Ohio-based ...
 
Progressive Field in Cleveland to install innovative wind turbine developed by ...
Plain Dealer (blog)
 If you're seeking a site to test a wind turbine where wind comes from ... A drawing of the prototype "helix" wind turbine developed by a Cleveland State professor.
October 11, 2011

Ohio's renewable energy standard is creating jobs and improving public health
Plain Dealer (blog)
The success of the standard can be seen all across the state, from the Blue Creek Wind Farm in Northwest Ohio, which employs 300 construction workers and involves 18 Ohio-based companies, to the solar manufacturer Isofoton, which is locating its first ...
 
Cleveland Indians to Install Innovative Wind Turbine Design Developed by ...
Natural Resources Defense Council (blog)
“Our research shows that by placing a turbine next to the cylinder, the wind energy output can be up to three to four times greater than a stand-alone turbine of the same size.” Using grants from the US Department of Energy and the State of Ohio, ...

 
October 10, 2011

Getting to Know.... a wind turbine technician
Times Bulletin
With Iberdola Renewables' Blue Creek Wind Farm going online in just a few weeks and EDP Renewables' Timber Road II Wind Farm opening last week, the Van Wert County area has become a centerpiece for wind energy not only in Ohio ...
 
Van Wert fast becoming Ohio's wind capital
Bizjournals.com
More than 200 towering wind turbines can be found around Van Wert and some 550 are planned for the Ohio flatlands region. Van Wert is becoming the center of wind energy in Ohio, says a report in the Akron Beacon Journal. Some 210 wind turbines operate ...


Wind energy rise above western Ohio
REVE
There are federal tax credits available and state laws -- including in Ohio -- that mandate the development of renewable energy, including wind.
 
October 9, 2011
 
Ohio must keep energy standards: editorial
Plain Dealer
By The Plain Dealer Editorial Board Ohio in 2008 took a step toward the future by requiring a progressively bigger slice of electricity consumed here to come from sources of energy that are renewable -- sun, wind, etc. -- or advanced technologies that ...
 
Wind turbines rise above flatlands of western Ohio
istockAnalyst.com (press release)
With blades upright, the turbines' height reaches 476 feet. That's another 14 stories higher than Akron's tallest building, the 330-foot FirstMerit Tower. Welcome to Van Wert County, which is becoming the Wind Capital of Ohio. In all, 210 wind turbines ...
 
October 7, 2011

Vantage project back on schedule
Times Bulletin
Adult Education Director Pete Pritchard recapped Vantage's participation in the Ohio Green Energy Tour last weekend. Vantage served as a regional host and had the opportunity to share about the school's new Alternative Energy Academy, dealing with ...

Zoo plans solar field to create electricity
Columbus Dispatch
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is planning a solar-panel project that it hopes
will provide a third or more of the energy it needs, officials ...

October 6, 2011
 
Timber Road Wind Farm opens doors to a new energy in Ohio
Van Wert Times Bulletin
Three miles away (in Indiana) the wind resources are the same. But why we chose (Ohio) has to do with policy. The alternative energy standard and the right incentive for utilities to buy wind or solar energy. This is very good for us but very ...

Timber Road II Wind Farm Commissioning Marks a First for Ohio
CleanTechnica
Ohio's first commercial-scale wind farm went live today. EDP Renewables North America's $175 million, 99-megawatt (MW) Timber Road II Wind Farm will supply electricity to more than 27000 homes when fully operational. In addition to generating ...


Breaking Wind News: Delays Ahead
Cleveland Scene Weekly
But Wagner says that even if a number of large electric customers — say, Cleveland Clinic — vow to buy wind power, it would pale in comparison to a commitment from a large buying group, similar to the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council. ...

Sneaking Ohio out of 'green energy' church: Kevin O'Brien
Plain Dealer
Unfortunately, the something they did included a deep genuflection to inefficient, expensive but perversely popular "green energy." Ohio was just following the crowd. Half of the states already had renewable portfolio standards, because -- well ...

October 5, 2011
Details of wind farm proposed for Seneca, Hancock
Tiffin Advertiser Tribune
The 15000-acre wind farm proposed for Big Spring and Loudon townships in Seneca County and Biglick and Washington townships in Hancock is one of two projects in Ohio, with another being developed in Crawford County. Rory Cantwell, project developer, ...
 
Lordstown turbines generate many savings for the village
Youngstown Vindicator
However, 90 percent of the electric made by any turbine in Ohio will be done in September through May. We have yet to experience these months and the higher wind speeds for the turbines that could completely offset the wind speeds realized these last ...
 
Market Responds Favorably to Wind Data Service
RenewableEnergyWorld.com
It's an unbelievable 12000+ broadcast towers that reach wind turbine hub height and taller. In Ohio alone, WindPole has over 730 towers for their clients to choose from. Check out WindPole's map at http://map.windpole.com So, why hasn't this been done ...

It's an industry marked by boom-and-bust cycles, and it's still dependent largely on government subsidies, tax incentives and political goodwill. Still, the solar energy industry has generated many jobs in the last few years, and it promises to create even more in the future.

October 4, 2011

Move to create clean-energy jobs now
Youngstown Vindicator
The gritty industrial work we do here in the manufacturing belt is a key part of America's growing clean energy economy. When you hear politicians and others talk about the clean energy sector, your mind may go directly to wind turbines and solar ...


October 3, 2011  - See September Green Energy Ohio Tour stories under September 2011 News
Green Energy Ohio Tour highlights Vantage, renewable energy tech
Van Wert Times Bulletin
Green energy was the subject around Ohio this weekend and on Sunday, a group of interested people gathered at Vantage Career Center to listen to discussions about solar and wind energy in the state, hear how the school was preparing workers ...

Area's 'green' technology touted in statewide event
Marietta Times
The Tomasch-Thomas home was one of more than 260 open house sites across the state that participated in a Green Energy Ohio Tour this weekend. Green Energy Ohio, or GEO, is a nonprofit organization that promotes economically and environmentally...

Athens sites earn spots on Ohio Green Energy tour
Athens Post
The Green Energy Ohio Tour, one of the largest of its kind in the nation, drew Ohio residents to 51 counties in the state over the weekend, promoting the use of renewable energy.  The tour, Ohio’s biggest ever, featured 261 sites, which created 750 jobs and retained 1,146 in Ohio this year, according to a Green Energy Ohio news release.

Solar team shines, 5th internationally
OSU - The Lantern
Ohio State's Solar Decathlon team finished fifth in the US. ... Gee, who said it was a really "neat house," joked if they won the competition, he would live
... Also see  OSU Among Top Finishers In Solar Home Competition - NBC4i.com  PHOTOS: Ohio State University's Solar Decathlon enCORE House Does ... - Inhabitat
Purdue's solar house takes 2nd in national competition   Made Possible with Plastic Innovation

Green Energy Ohio Tour highlights Vantage, Renewable Energy ...
Read Green Energy Ohio Tour highlights Vantage, Renewable Energy Tech in addition to hundreds of recent farming and agriculture news articles. View up to ...

 
Solar week in review, Solar Decathlon, Solar Tour and more
Clean Energy Authority
Hate it or love it, Walmart increased its green cred last week when it announced that it is on track to get a majority of its power from renewable energy in just two years. The retailer giant said it would install solar on 60 more of its California ...

Green Energy Ohio Tour highlights Vantage, renewable energy tech ...
Green Energy Ohio Tour highlights Vantage, renewable energy tech "Both wind farms have been very supportive and making sure that we provide authentic.


October 2, 2011

Solar-powered investment saves energy, money
Columbus Dispatch
The Hawleys' home is among the 261 homes, businesses, schools, parks and other buildings across the state that are on this year's Green Energy Ohio Tour, which finishes today. The 9th annual tour, formerly known as the Ohio Solar Tour, highlights homes ...

Environmental professor invests in a personal clean energy future
WTOL.com
A $25000 investment two years ago is paying off by making the place more energy efficient. Ms. Haney is an environmental professor at Bowling Green State University. She opened her home up to visitors Sunday as part of the 'Green Energy Ohio Tour'. ...

Zane State Prides Itself on "Going Green"
WHIZ
Fifty-one counties were represented in this year's Green Energy Ohio Solar Tour. According to the Ohio Energy Resource Division, the majority of sites on this tour have retained more than 1000 jobs, in addition to creating more than 700 jobs. ...

Tour promotes sustainable energy
Hamilton Journal News (subscription)
People have the opportunity to visit and talk with businesses and homeowners using clean energy technologies today. The Green Energy Ohio Tour, in its ninth year, showcases how homes and ...

Tour Promotes Sustainable Energy: 82 Business and Home Sites Sites in Southwest Ohio are Part of Tour
 Middletown Journal 
People have the opportunity to visit and talk with businesses and homeowners using clean energy technologies today. The Green Energy Ohio Tour, in its ninth year, showcases how homes and ...

October 1, 2011

Serious, not just curious

Toledo Blade Editorial
The Green Energy Ohio Tour that starts today looks like a parade of homes on steroids. More than 260 houses, schools, churches, museums, farms, and businesses in 137 communities will be on display today and tomorrow -- for free -- for Ohioans to learn about solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal energy.  One of the largest events of its kind in the nation, the tour suggests ways that northwest Ohio can diversify its employment base and stabilize its economy by emphasizing real-world applications of renewable energy. "Our goal is to turn the curious into the serious on this tour," says Bill Spratley, Green Energy Ohio's executive director. According to the Ohio Department of Development, the sites on display in this weekend's tour have created at least 764 jobs and retained at least 1,146 more. Formerly known as the Ohio Solar Tour, the green tour chronicles the state's progress in renewable energy with open houses in 51 counties, as well as 20 guided tours. This year's 19 stops in northwest Ohio include the state's first two utility-scale wind farms, where 200 large turbines near Van Wert are part of the Blue Creek Wind Farm or the Timber Road II wind farm. Another 350 wind turbines have been approved for this part of the state....

Solar project producing energy
Wilmington News Journal, OH
The project will be featured on the Green Ohio Energy Tour this weekend. Guided tours of the project will be given during open houses today from noon until 4 pm, and Sunday from 2 pm to 4 pm Green Energy Ohio (GEO) is a nonprofit organization promoting ...

2011 Green Energy Ohio Tour - McCarthy Systems in Poland
WKBN/WYFX-TV Youngstown
A Valley business was just one of the stops for the 2011 Green Energy Ohio Tour Saturday, where people can get an up close look at businesses and homes that are using clean energy technology. Add your perspective to any issue by leaving comments on the ...

Ohio takes part in national Green Energy tour
WFMJ - Youngstown
The roof of Youngstown State University's Moser Hall will produce enough energy to power about five to eight average homes a year. The system put together by Carbon Vision uses a racking system to mount the solar panels without penetrating the roof. ...

 

 

 

McCarthy Systems Company in Poland was part of the statewide Green Energy Ohio Tour. In 2008, the company installed a 10.75 kilowatt solar array, as well as insulation and low voltage lighting. The owner said the clean energy technologies drastically ...

Power on the wind: Small-scale wind energy is gaining in popularity statewide
istockAnalyst.com (press release)
The bulk of the company's US sales are in New York, Vermont, Ohio and California, states with high electricity costs and favorable state subsidies. "In Oklahoma, the state offers subsidies for large wind farms, which we think is a good policy," Bergey ...