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February 29, 2012

Clean Energy Becoming a Reality in the Buckeye State
Public News Service
Martin Abraham, dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Youngstown State University, says Ohio already has a supply chain in place which can manufacture the parts, including wind turbines and solar panels.

Turbines turning at Eisenhower
Toledo Blade
Spinning for the first time this month, the two 190-foot-tall wind turbines towered over the pine trees, power lines, and sport fields just behind Eisenhower Middle School. The turbines are visible ...

Reynoldsburg schools praised for green initatives
The Reynoldsburg school district celebrated earning LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for two new buildings last week by hosting the United States Green Building Council's first Ohio ...

Shale gas and oil will add $5 billion to Ohio's economy by 2014, say economists
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Oil and gas drilling in Ohio will build the state's economy by at least $5 billion a year by 2014 and add nearly 66,000 jobs, predicts a new economic model prepared by economists at Cleveland State University.

February 28, 2012

Largest Center-of-Array Inverter System in the World!
Once again, Nextronex Ray Max Inverter system is producing 7-8% higher energy output compared to industry predictive models. Green energy is looking good. The 2.2 MWs of solar panels are capable of producing energy during very low light level ...
Lake Erie developer gets power deal for pilot wind farm
The project will help Ohio become the epicentre for the Great Lakes offshore wind industry, they argue. A key question is whether offshore wind can compete on price against coal — which generates 90% of Ohio's power — or cheaper shale gas.
February 25, 2012
Electro Expo 2012 GEO Wind Workshop - Green Energy Ohio
Green Energy Ohio presents... Wind Energy Workshop at Electro Expo 2012. Thursday, March 22, 2012 9:00 am - 4:00 pm I-X Center, One I-X Center Drive, ...

February 24, 2012

Construction of solar panel plant could be finished by ...
Toledo Blade
It is being financed with $15 million in loans from the state and ... by company profits once the plant, 40 miles southwest of Toledo, is running.
Cleveland's Evana Stanonik Partners With Clean Green Nation
SBWire (press release)
Clean Green Nation, a company that provides renewable energy equipment and energy efficient products to consumers, has formed a partnership with Evana Stanonik, a green professional based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Cleveland revives proposal for $180 million trash-to-energy project
Plain Dealer
But he declined to say how much of the $1.5 million the city could retain. The proposed plant would cost about $180 million and would be built at the Ridge ...

AK Steel Energy Project Hinges on Ohio Definition of Renewables
Environmental Leader
An Ohio Senate Bill would allow local steel maker AK Steel Corp. to convert waste gas released by its manufacturing process into power it can sell on the state's renewable energy market, the Middletown Journal reports. Senate Bill 289 would widen the ...
BF gas could be considered as renewable energy under Ohio law
It is reported that Ohio lawmakers are considering a measure that would call blast furnaces a source of green energy and instantly pit steel makers against wind farm developers. AK Steel of Middletown wants to build a USD 310 million power plant that ...

February 23, 2012

AK Steel first of many to develop interest in new blast furnace technology
SteelOrbis (registration)
According to local media reports on Thursday, lawmakers in Ohio are taking into consideration a measure that would refer to the blast furnace as a source of green energy. Multiple branches of West Chester, Ohio-based AK Steel are interested in the ...
President Obama, Gov. Kasich talk energy independence but in different ways
Kasich called Ohio the "Saudi Arabia of coal" and said "we will...clean it and burn it." On the topic of renewables, he said, "hey, you can be for coal, you can be for gas, you know, you can be for wind, you can be for solar, you can be for geothermal.
February 22, 2012
Blast furnace waste gas could be considered renewable energy under Ohio law
Plain Dealer
\Waste gas like this flare at ArcelorMittal's steel works in Cleveland would qualify as renewable energy if used to generate electricity under a proposal Ohio lawmakers are ...

Bill would update definition of renewable energy for steelmaker
Middletown Journal
Bill Coley, R-Middletown, who introduced the bill, wants to amend Ohio law so the blast furnace gas would qualify for the renewable energy market. Companies that generate power from renewable energy sources — usually wind and solar — can sell Ohio ...

Clean-energy ballot initiative has its quirks
Columbus Dispatch 
A proposed Ohio renewable-energy ballot issue has some strange quirks: $13
billion in investments in wind, solar, geothermal and other ...

Ohio could vote on $13B green energy fund
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine approved a ballot initiative that, if passed, would instruct the state to take on $13 billion in debt over 10 years to pay for green energy improvements and support research in the field, Columbus Business First ...
OEMs and owners ready to discuss wind industry O&M issues
Windpower Engineering (press release)
New states such as Ohio, Vermont, and Massachusetts also show accelerated growth as they ramp up their efforts to reach the 20% clean energy generation benchmark. Overall, 30 states brought wind projects online in 2011, with construction on-going in 31 ...
Cheap Natural Gas Won't Kill Renewable Energy Growth (3 Reasons Why)
I'll be the first to admit that cheap natural gas prices are one of the biggest short-term threats to deployment of renewable energy in the US today. With a glut of gas dropping prices to historic lows, the competitiveness of technologies like wind, ...

February 19, 2012
Cincinnati Could Have 100% Clean Energy
Using coal is not necessary though, because renewable sources like solar and wind have a very large potential there. According to Green Energy Ohio there is enough sunlight in the state to use solar for all residential electricity needs, ...

February 17, 2012

Environment Ohio criticizes FirstEnergy in its annual clean energy report card
Plain Dealer
The greening of Ohio is well under way, and consumers can expect to see more wind turbines and solar arrays as well as utility-sponsored energy efficiency projects, says one of the state's environmental advocacy groups. In its annual Clean Energy ...
Increased energy efficiency seen in Ohio, report says
Dayton Daily News
Another proposed bill would classify tapping excess heat from industry as renewable, jeopardizing ongoing wind and solar business plans in Ohio, Boggs said. • A wind farm, the state's largest, opened in Paulding County. The wind farm was built after ...
Ohio County Creates Clean Energy Zone
Sandusky County, Ohio is now a clean energy zone, after being unanimously approved by county commissioners. The county will offer tax breaks to renewable energy companies that locate there, reports the News-Messenger. German wind turbine manufacturer ...
Do venture firms invest this competently? "DOE's loan program is generating $40 billion in private investment in America’s economy that is supporting 60,000 direct jobs and many thousands more up and down the supply chain,” DOE Secretary Steven Chu’s statement said. "We have always known that there were inherent risks in backing innovative technologies at full commercial scale, and it is very likely that there will be other companies in the portfolio that won’t succeed, but the vast majority of companies are expected to pay the loans back in full, on time, and with about $8 billion in interest.”
February 14, 2012

Bonds proposed for clean energy
Columbus Dispatch
The state would pump $1.3  billion a year into renewable energy, such as solar, wind and geothermal, under a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution.  A group called Yes for Ohio’s Energy Future submitted a petition with the signatures of 3,330 voters to Attorney General Mike DeWine on Friday. A minimum of 1,000 valid signatures is required for approval of ballot language.  The proposal was filed by Columbus attorney Donald J. McTigue on behalf of a group of four central Ohio residents. It asks Ohioans to approve issuing $1.3 billion in bonds beginning next year and running through 2023 for the purpose of funding infrastructure, research and development of “clean-energy initiatives.”  Those could include solar, wind, biomass, battery technology and geothermal facilities, according to the proposal submitted to DeWine’s office. It would earmark $65 million for the Ohio Energy Initiative Commission.

Area Dentist Goes Green in a Big Way

A top-rated dentist in the Columbus area has taken a leadership position in clean energy by installing Solar PV Systems on all three of his dental practices. In the face of Ohio Utilities increasing energy prices on January 1st of this ...

Ken Salazar tours Mac Liquid Tank Trailer plant
Canton Repository
He noted that the administration has spent a lot of time focusing on renewable energy, such as wind turbines and solar power, but natural gas also is an important part of the equation. “We ought to move forward with a clean energy program as well,” ...

Alternative energy, facility maintenance and large kindergarten classes hot ...
Putnam County Sentinel
Superintendent Bill Kreinbrink updated the board on alternative energy efforts which possibly include natural gas, biomass or wind energy. "[Johnson Controls] called me back and as far as bringing natural gas in, they contacted Inter State Gas Supply ...
Gaining energy from water
WDTN TV Dayton
While you sweat your winter heating bill, owners of some Downtown Dayton businesses stay warm without spending so much money. The way they save is by tapping a renewable resource. Geothermal energy is a natural way to heat and ...
February 13, 2012

Rising Like a Phoenix
University of Dayton
Warmer winter weather in southwest Ohio has sped up construction of the GE Aviation Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research and Development Center (EPISCENTER).  GE Aviation broke ground on the new center located on the University of Dayton campus in April 2011. The $51 million research-and-development center is expected to be operational in 2013.  The EPISCENTER will be the University's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified (LEED) building.
February 11, 2012
A Greener Cincinnati? Energy Aggregation Explained
Cincinnati City Beat
The Cincinnati City Council met on Monday to discuss the energy aggregation policy for the city, which, if implemented, could mean big changes in the way residents’ homes are powered.   In the meeting, Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls introduced a motion outlining the possible use of renewable energy credits (RECs), also known as renewable energy certificates
Lake Erie windmill outlook is anything but breezy: Brent Larkin
Plain Dealer
At the moment, a whole lot of news relates to offshore wind specifically, and renewable energy in general. • The cost remains staggering. As of today, installing five to seven wind turbines a few miles off the shore of downtown would cost at least $150 ...
Auglaize group opposes turbines
“The most real time for local input is now,” Burton said. “Before any application is filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board and before large amounts of land are leased.” US Mainstream Renewable Power is behind the wind turbines, Burton said.
February 10, 2012

Noble Co. Solar Project Awaiting PUCO Approval
WOUB News Athens
A new $16 million solar panel project is one step away from providing tax-free income for Noble County and creating more than 100 new jobs.  Noble County Commissioner Bob Nau says the project is awaiting final approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.  Nau says more than 65 percent of the revenue generated from this project will benefit the Noble County School System, because money used from the project will not be subtracted from regular funding totals.
Mall Installs Solar Panels
Columbus Dispatch
A steady supply of light and acres of flat, empty roofs created the perfect opportunity for Glimcher Realty Trust to equip its sprawling Jersey Gardens mall in Elizabeth, N.J., with a sea of solar panels. The mall’s solar-power array went live this week and is one of a growing number of retail properties that has or is considering solar power to generate all or a portion of its energy needs.  “The costs for solar panels are coming down and it’s making financial sense,” Charlie Kretzer, Glimcher’s director of operations, said of the Columbus-based developer’s first foray into alternative energy.

February 9, 2012

Bill underestimates clean-energy market
Columbus Dispatch
 I respond to last Thursday's Dispatch article “Bill would kill Ohio's renewable energy law.” The bill not only will would kill Ohio's ...
February 7, 2012
Jordan wants to scrap energy benchmarks
Mansfield News Journal
They require at least 12.5 percent of electricity sold in Ohio to be from renewable energy resources -- including wind, hydro and biomass -- and at least 0.5 percent to be from solar by 2025. The remainder can be generated from advanced energy ...
Old Dominion Featured in New Web-Series Move It! 
Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. will be featured in the pilot episode of Move It!, a new web-based series that gives viewers an all-access tour of U.S. logistics businesses and organizations. ... Old Dominion's new service center in Canton, Ohio, which earned the company's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, will be highlighted in the first Move It! episode. The 70-door facility
was constructed with sustainable materials and employed energy efficiency and water savings measures.
February 6, 2012

Cincinnati Exploring 100% Renewable Energy Plan
Cincinnati Business Courier
Cincinnati is working on a new power aggregation deal right now that could lead to the entire city being powered from 100 percent renewable energy sources. The deal, city officials say, could be finalized within the coming months and be in place for consumers by summer 2012.  Such a move would make Cincinnati the largest city in the United States to have its energy supply come from 100 percent renewable sources, and it might be accomplished without any significant cost difference for ratepayers.

February 2, 2012

would kill Ohio's renewable energy law

Columbus Dispatch
A bill that would eliminate the requirement that 12.5 percent of Ohio's energy come from renewable sources by 2025 got a warm reception from ...

Group proposes program of making solar panels locally
Mansfield News Journal
The North End Community Improvement Collaborative hopes to put electricity-generating solar panels on the roofs of Richland County ...

County approves tax break for 'green' energy
Fremont News Messenger
Sandusky County commissioners voted unanimously to designate the county as an alternative energy zone, which will provide tax breaks to green energy industries moving to the area. The decision was made Thursday as German-based wind turbine ...

February 1, 2012

Chadbourne Closes More Than $20 Billion in Project Finance Deals for Clients ...
MarketWatch (press release)
Just like solar, wind energy is on the upswing. Chadbourne worked for many of the top wind developers in 2011, including EDP Renewables North America LLC in both Oklahoma and Ohio, and Gestamp Eolica, SL in Maryland. Among the significant deals in this ...

YMCA completes lighting project
Warren Tribune Chronicle
Interim YMCA Director Richard Denamen said as part of a green energy program by Ohio Edison, lights were changed in the two gyms, two swimming pool rooms, four locker rooms, wellness center and main lobby. ''The lights are a lot brighter and more ...