Gov. John Kasich's rewrite of Ohio energy policy starts with natural gas and oil

Reaction Wednesday to Gov. John Kasich's proposed comprehensive energy program ranged from caution to disappointment to rage.
Kasich's 10-part energy reform package is wide-ranging, from shale gas wells to gas pipelines, from smart grid technologies and power generation to workforce development. Some of the new regulations are administrative while others will require legislation.


Report: Ohio 2nd in power plant mercury emissions

Ohio's power plants emit more mercury pollution than power plants in 48 other states.

That's according to new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data outlined in Environment Ohio's latest report, Ohio's Biggest Mercury Polluters: How Cleaning Up Power Plants in the State and Across the Nation Will Protect Our Health.


State legislator seeks to eliminate Ohio's clean-energy requirement

Environmentalists lined up Thursday against an Ohio senator's bill to repeal the state's clean energy requirement, warning that the measure could destabilize a burgeoning new area of the economy.

Sen. Kris Jordan, Republican of Powell, introduced the bill Wednesday that would eliminate a provision of the state's 2008 clean energy law that requires 25 percent of consumer electricity to come from advanced and renewable sources by 2025. Then-Gov. Ted Strickland and bipartisan supporters of the law called it "25 by 25."


First Solar customer gets $455.7 million in financing for Ontario projects

Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and the head of the Export-Import Bank of the United States announced Friday that the bank has agreed to provide financing totaling $455.7 million so that the First Solar Inc. plant in Perrysburg Township can produce 90 megawatts worth of solar panels to power two solar projects in Ontario, Canada.


FirstEnergy failing on solar

FirstEnergy Corp. needs to do more to develop wind and solar power and to promote energy efficiency, according to a new report.

The Akron-based utility got a grade of F for its shortcomings, mostly in developing solar power and promoting energy efficiency, said Environment Ohio, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus, in news conferences on Tuesday in Akron and Cleveland.