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Report Pushes Solar Cincinnati

A Dec. 5 report is encouraging Cincinnati to become the solar energy capital of Ohio and the broader region. The report, titled “Building a Solar Cincinnati,” was put together by Environment Ohio to show the benefits and potential of Cincinnati regarding solar power.

Christian Adams, who wrote the report along with Julian Boggs, says Cincinnati is especially poised to take charge in this renewable energy front, in contrast to the rest of the state, which gets 82 percent of its electricity from coal. Adams points to the sustainability-minded city officials and public, a “budding solar business sector” and the great business environment as the city as reasons why Cincinnati could become a pivotal leader.

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Salamander threat part of ‘fracking’ water switch

State officials urged a drilling company not to take water from a Columbiana County creek for a “ fracking” operation because of fears that the action might threaten wildlife and an endangered salamander.

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Is there enough water for 'fracking' boom?

CARROLLTON, Ohio — A deep, constant hum emanates from John and Elizabeth Neider’s dairy and sheep farm. Depending on whom you ask, it’s either the sound of progress or a harbinger of environmental disaster. The hum is created by a cluster of powerful pumps forcing millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals into six deep wells. As much as 5 million gallons of water per well are needed to shatter the Utica shale and release the natural gas and oil trapped thousands of feet underground.

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Debate Emerging over Ohio's Energy Efficiency Mandate

ince 2009, Ohio electricity customers have been paying a surcharge on their monthly bills to pay for utility programs that encourage energy efficiency. It’s part of a larger program that state legislators passed, requiring utilities to push down power usage every year, until by 2025 Ohio uses 22 percent less electricity. Now some consumer and environmental activists are worried that Ohio lawmakers might water down the efficiency mandate. In fact, one of the state’s largest electric companies is urging legislators to at least consider a change. 

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Disclose fracking chemicals

As Ohio’s an­tic­i­pated frack­ing boom emerges, state gov­ern­ment must hold the oil and gas in­dus­try more ac­count­able for the chem­i­cals it uses in the ex­plo­ration pro­cess. This is not a mat­ter of im­ped­ing eco­nomic growth, job cre­ation, or en­ergy se­cu­rity, but rather of pro­tect­ing pub­lic health and the en­vi­ron­ment.

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