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As Ohio backslides, Solarize CLE takes a giant step for renewables

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/11/14 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy

When it comes to renewable energy, Cleveland has had to scrap for opportunities. Last year, the city used the bully pulpit of its “2019” sustainability project and the release of its Climate Action Plan—which calls for an 80% reduction in its carbon emissions from electricity by 2050—when writing an RFP for its municipal aggregation program. The city picked FirstEnergy Solutions...

Solar CLE<br />Ali Ahmed ‏@green4biz Tweeted Sunrise over #CLE and later today my house will be turning it into #solarpower!

Back to the carbon age: Ohio falls in ranking of state energy efficiency policies

David Beach  |  10/29/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

After a few years of progress, a new national ranking of state energy efficiency policies confirms that Ohio is now falling fast behind competing states.

Centralized power<br />Ohio has frozen progressive energy policies that were starting to move the state toward cleaner, more decentralized power sources, such as efficiency and renewables.

Switched on: Cleveland wants solar farm at waste dump

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/25/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy

Cleveland will take the first step to reduce its carbon emissions from power generation—a goal it laid claim to in its 2013 Climate Action Plan (CAP)—with a request for proposals (RFP) for a “solar farm” located at an old municipal waste dump. The Cleveland Climate Action Plan calls on the city to use 25% renewable energy by 2030 (with an interim...

In the dumps<br />Cleveland wants a 2.5 megawatt solar farm at this former dump site near the IX Center.Grounded<br />A 1 megawatt solar farm on Euclid Avenue serves University Hospital and Case.

Making climate change a moral issue: A Midwest faith letter to support carbon pollution rules

David Beach  |  05/14/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Climate

Religious congregations are increasingly placing carbon pollution in a moral context. They are seeing how climate change exacerbates issues on which faith communities are already working — issues such as hunger, clean water, disaster relief, refugee services, and conflict resolution.

Big emissions source<br />Proposed EPA rules to reduce carbon pollution from coal-burning power plants will be a major step toward cleaner air and the reduction of risks from climate change.

The deluge now: Climate change today in our own backyards

David Beach  |  05/09/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy

The latest required reading about the most important issue facing humanity is the National Climate Assessment, released May 6 by the U.S. government. The upshot: climate change is happening sooner and with more harmful impacts than previously feared. And the longer we wait to reduce the carbon pollution that is warming the planet, the harder and more costly the transition...

Observed U.S. Temperature Change Map<br />Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Climatic Data Center

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