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Here comes the sun, Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/20/18 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy

Much has been made about the energy sector’s convulsive shift of late, with Akron’s FirstEnergy practically begging state and federal authorities to regulate it again and save its bankrupt power generation arm, First Energy Solutions, which went all in on out-of-favor sources (coal and nuclear) when its competitors were sprinting toward cheaper or more socially desirable options (fracking gas and...

<br />The Erksine Family with a solar energy system from an OH Sun co-op purchase on their home in Delaware, Ohio.

Behind the numbers of KXL and its uncertain future

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/22/17 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy, Climate, Clean air, Transportation

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change 2017 report looks behind the numbers on planetary carbon footprint, with a special focus on how the burning of fossil fuels affects human health.

Electric vehicle sales globally<br />GHGs by source globally<br />Mode share six cities<br />From top left, Berlin, London, Santiago, Sydney, Tokyo and VancouverParticulates global cities in WHO database<br />Renewable energy worldwide<br />Car ownership and NOx<br />
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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.

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