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Cleveland's pursuit of wind; feds threaten to kill Solar SIDs; Cleveland Heights' bike commuters rank nationally

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/12/10 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

Cleveland Public Power and the city of Cleveland set a high bar for their transition to renewable energy: Their goal is to provide 25% renewables by 2025 (which is well above the state's mandate of 12% advanced energy by 2025). How will this affect the proposed Lake Erie Wind Farm? For one, CPP could finally take control of its destiny...more

A strong energy bill -- now more than ever

Stefanie Spear  |  06/16/10 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy

(The following was submitted to GCBL by Stefanie Spear of Expedite Renewable Energy and the EcoWatch Journal.) You don't have to look far to understand the importance of transitioning U.S. energy generation to cleaner, renewable sources of power. More than 50,000 gallons of oil a day are spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from a BP-created oil rig disaster, and...more

Next up for cities: Pay-as-you-save solar buildings

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/10/10 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

Ohio lawmakers made it a little easier for cities such as Cleveland to push ahead with a green, self-help economic recovery. Not only Cleveland, but the suburbs, too, are now able to help you finance a solar panel on your house or business. When The Ohio General Assembly approved Property Assessed Clean Energy financing on April 9, it opened the...more

Ohio passes flawed energy bill

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/05/10 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy

The Plain Dealer editors examine Ohio's energy bill, which was approved in April, 2008- including an 11th hour amendment that handed utilities an easy way out of producing renewable energy. They write: A 3 percent cap on advanced energy costs that includes the costs of next-generation coal and nuclear plants is far too open-ended and likely to smother the bill's laudable...more

Ohio renewable energy mandate kicks in

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/18/10 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Home efficiency

"We think we have an energy policy now," observes Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy on the rules for the state's alternative energy portfolio standard in Senate Bill 221. "It is renewables and efficiency that will dominate the industry during the next 25 to 30 years." "As a result of a 45% decline in demand (from industrial users)," OPAE continues, "power capacity...more

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