Two Ohio coal-fired plants to close, deepening industry decline

Reuters By Emily Flitter | NEW YORK Electricity company Dayton Power & Light said on Monday it would shut down two coal-fired power plants in southern Ohio next year for economic reasons, a setback for the ailing coal industry but a victory for environmental activists. Republican President Donald Trump promised in his election campaign to restore U.S. coal jobs that he said had been destroyed by environmental regulations put into effect by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama. In 2015, coal used to produce electricity fell to its lowest level since 1984, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission data showed. That year, coal-fired generators produced 33 percent of the nation's total generation, down from over 50 percent in 2003. Read the entire article here.

Large Corporations Are Driving America’s Renewable Energy Boom. And They’re Just Getting Started

Large Corporations Are Driving America’s Renewable Energy Boom. And They’re Just Getting Started by Julia Pyper, Senior Editor at Greentech MediaJanuary 10, 2017 Large corporations aren’t typically thought of as environmental champions. But these companies now stand to be one of the most powerful advocates for clean energy in the U.S. -- both in Washington, D.C. and in states across the country. A December report by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) found that 71 of the Fortune 100 companies currently have renewable energy or sustainability targets, up from 60 companies just two years ago. Commitments among Fortune 500 companies have held steady over the past two years at 43 percent, or 215 firms. Read the rest here.

Huffington Post: U.S. Wind Power Puts Americans Back to Work

The booming U.S. wind industry is helping in more ways than one: along with producing clean, renewable energy, it's putting our country back to work. Not everyone has recovered from the 2008 recession, and finding jobs is still difficult for many Americans. But an increasing number of people are finding work in the wind industry, specifically in wind turbine manufacturing facilities. Chris Johnson of Colorado was working at a newsprint factory until his job was outsourced. He then started working as a line worker at the Vestas wind turbine blade factory in Brighton. He is now the managing supervisor of the Brighton plant. Click through to read more Continue reading

NRDC: The State of Clean Energy in Ohio: Thaw the Freeze, Create Well-Paying Jobs, and Other "No Regrets" Strategies

Two years ago this April, Ohio enforced a freeze on clean energy standards and also put into place a setback law that blocked all wind energy coming into the state. Legislation hasn't been in renewable energy's favor, nor in Ohio's favor, especially since a few more anti-renewable laws were passed this year.  Shall we look at the benefits of renewable energy for Ohio once more? In addition to saving Ohio consumers millions, the renewable industry has a great job base in Ohio, providing 100,000 jobs (article here). By unfreezing the clean energy standards, Ohio can send a message to pro-renewable companies, such as Google and Facebook, that the state is going to address the Clean Power Plan and draw in more businesses.   Click through to read more Continue reading

Cleveland News: Ohio "clean energy manufacturing jobs" now number more than 100,000, highest in Midwest

New data released on Tuesday from the Ohio Advanced Energy Economy found that more than 100,000 Ohioans are a part of the fast-growing clean energy economy.  The analysis was done across 11 Midwestern states and found that 569,000 people are part of the clean energy economy. In Ohio, 100,782 people are working for businesses that are manufacturing, selling, installing, or servicing renewable energy or energy efficiency products.  Ian Adams, spokesman for the Clean Energy Trust, said, "We see a transition from traditional economies to the clean energy economy, particularly around building efficiency, energy efficiency and construction." Adams went onto to explain the transition to clean energy: "You see businesses that start off working in a traditional sector and begin doing more business in the clean energy sector. You see more penetration into the clean energy sector, which means there is a greater adoption of these high-efficiency products." Click through to read more Continue reading