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Cuyahoga closes big renewables deals

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/17/17 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

Nearly a decade ago GreenCityBlueLake conducted a carbon footprint analysis of seven counties in Northeast Ohio. All emissions from fossil fuel use in rank order by tonnage found that 50% of the 64 tons on average (2005) came from energy generation (mostly coal). Second was transportation at 28% or nearly 18 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents per person, which is...

Waste to energy<br />A 4 megawatt solar farm like the one pictured here in New Jersey will be built over a landfill in Brooklyn, Ohio by Cuyahoga County. Image: PSE&G.

The Lake Erie wind farm: Ready for its close up

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/03/16 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy

All of Northeast Ohio stands to benefit from a Lake Erie wind farm. It can have the legacy of belching yellow smokestacks and burning rivers remade.

<br />Lorry Wagner, President of LEEDCo, the high powered group building a wind farm for Northeast Ohio in the waters of Lake Erie.

Ready or not: Cleveland, Ohio and the push for renewable energy

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/15/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

On May 27, after months of speculation, Cleveland-based LEEDCo, the group carting around a suitcase of plans to build wind turbines in the waters of Lake Erie, announced it won a coveted $40 million grant from the Department of Energy. It is expected to kickstart the wind farm, the first in a freshwater lake in the U.S. It also brings into...

<br />A wind park in a freshwater lake in Sweden.

Cleveland's energy burden on low-income households

David Beach  |  04/28/16 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

Cleveland ranks among the worst 10 cities in the nation in the energy cost burden on low-income and minority households. Energy efficiency can help reduce this disproportionate burden and put more dollars into the local economy.

Energy burden<br />Cleveland ranks high in the energy burden on low-income and African-American households. (Source: Lifting the High Energy Burdens in America's Largest Cities: How Energy Efficiency Can Improve Low-Income and Underserved Communities, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, 2016)

Making personal choices can reduce carbon emissions

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/18/16 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Reduce, Driving, Transportation

Last week, we wrote about the communities in Northeast Ohio that have the best and worst carbon footprints. It did reveal some notable trends like how income, density and distance from the central city determine how the region stacks (and pollutes) up. Today, we look at what can be done about it. What are we as individuals capable of doing to...

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