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Dark money dominated Ohio's nuclear subsidy saga

Mar 06, 2020 11:36 AM

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"After-the-fact filings show that FirstEnergy’s generation subsidiary paid nearly $2 million to Generation Now, one of the special interest groups that orchestrated ads, political donations and other efforts behind Ohio’s nuclear and coal bailout.

But legal loopholes make it harder to find out the total spent and who else was behind xenophobic advertising, dueling voter petitions, alleged intimidation and other claims of foul play. And none of those actions fully disclosed who was behind them.

The scant public filings that are available show additional connections to FirstEnergy Solutions (now Energy Harbor), as well as the law firm of an outspoken legislator who has long fought the state’s clean energy standard, and others with high-level political influence."

-- Kathiann Kowalski, Energy News Network

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Power A Clean Future Welcomes Lancaster to Coalition

Feb 27, 2020 4:14 PM

The following statement can be attributed to Joe Flarida, executive director, Power A Clean Future Ohio, in response to the Lancaster State of the City Address.

This announcement is an exciting moment for the City of Lancaster. We applaud Mayor Scheffler for recognizing the impact his city can have toward a clean energy future. We look forward to working with Mayor Scheffler and the community to find ways Lancaster can grow the clean energy economy locally, protect the environment for the next generation, and ensure the health and prosperity of its residents. The climate challenges we face require bold leadership and local government demonstrated again today that it can get things done. Power a Clean Future Ohio is thrilled to have Lancaster join our campaign to develop and implement proven climate solutions.”


2019 Year in review

Feb 17, 2020 2:47 PM

Today we release our 2019  year-in-review report. Copies will be mailed to all major donors this week. Many thanks to all the members, staff and volunteers who made 2019 a great year for Ohio Citizen Action.

Link to report (pdf)

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Ohio green-energy groups increasingly look to locals in fight against global warming

Feb 13, 2020 4:41 PM

COLUMBUS — "Environmental advocates have been working on the local level for years, finding success in getting cities to commit to getting 100 percent of their energy from renewable sourcesreplacing gas-powered city vehicles with electric cars, and even building their own solar arrays, among other things.

But now, such efforts are becoming more organized with the creation of Power A Clean Future Ohio, which will work to help municipal leaders implement carbon-reduction plans. The new group is backed by organizations such as the Ohio Environmental Council, the Ohio Mayors Alliance, and the Sierra Club’s Ohio chapter.

'Regardless of what the state is doing, there’s just a lot of opportunity for local governments to step in here, and to take a kind of leadership role,' said Joe Flarida, executive director of Power A Clean Future Ohio. 'There’s just kind of a natural fit there and a lot of authority that they have to do things right away, so we’re taking advantage.'"

— Jeremy Pelzer, Cleveland.com

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The biggest municipal solar farm in the US is coming to…Cincinnati?

Feb 13, 2020 4:25 PM

"In 2017, when the Trump administration withdrew from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement—an international treaty that attempted to avert climate catastrophe by cutting global emissions—John Cranley, the Democratic mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, joined other mayors across the country to announce his intention to remain faithful to the agreement’s primary goal of keeping the rise of global temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius in this century. Cranley and leaders from from dozens of cities like San Francisco and Chicago even went a step further, promising to work toward a 100 percent transition to clean energy sources, with ambitious deadlines.

So, in 2018, Cincinnati announced its own 2035 mandate for carbon neutrality—the 100th US city to do so—by turning to solar energy. 'I was inspired to [pursue this project] out of anger over Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accords,' Cranley says, describing the frustration he suspects he shared with many other city leaders who made the carbon-neutral pledge.

Cincinnati planned to create the largest municipal-run solar farm in the country, and two years later, it looks like they’ve succeeded. 'This really is a big deal,' says Gregory Wetstone, who heads the American Council on Renewable Energy, an organization that advocates for a transition to renewables in the energy sector. 'Our team could not find anything that competes with it at a municipal level.'"

-- Will Pieschel, Mother Jones

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Lakewood committed to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2025

Feb 13, 2020 3:47 PM

Oct 28, 2019

LAKEWOOD -- "'Earlier this year, council unanimously passed a climate resolution that included our intention to get our city to zero emissions,' Rader said. 'We have also prioritized reducing emissions and increasing efficiency in this year’s budgeting process.'

Added Bullock, 'It’s cost-effective and practical today to use clean energy, as many Fortune 500 companies -- Target, GM, Honda, Procter & Gamble, Amazon, Google -- are doing now. Solar prices have dropped 90 percent in the past decade, and wind costs 70 percent less. So we can improve air quality and public health, and do it affordably.'

Lakewood’s clean energy commitment is tied to the Sierra Club’s national 'Ready For 100' campaign. Ohio Sierra Club Conservation Program Coordinator Chad Stephens called Lakewood’s commitment significant, positioning the city as progressive leaders in the state."

-- John Benson, Cleveland.com

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Ohio communities stepping up to lead the way by reducing carbon emissions

Feb 10, 2020 5:15 PM

Leaders from across Ohio joined together to launch Power a Clean Future Ohio, a nonpartisan organization that is dedicated to working with local officials to develop equitable global climate change solutions. The organization is committed to reducing carbon emission throughout Ohio in big and small ways that make sense for each local community.

Power a Clean Future Ohio will work directly with local elected officials, businesses, faith groups, advocacy organizations and others to inform and incentivize action at the community level to combat climate change and spur the economic growth and development that results from embracing clean technologies and advanced transportation.

"Ohio Citizen Action joined with leaders across the state to launch Power a Clean Future Ohio because you deserve a clean future for yourself, your children and your community," Ohio Citizen Action Executive Director Rachael Belz said in their press release. "This is an ideal opportunity for clean energy initiatives to come from the grassroots up, from the voices of Ohioans often left out of these conversations."

To highlight the momentum at the local level, Power a Clean Future Ohio will join with Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and others to convene advocates, elected officials and industry experts from across Ohio and the Midwest for the Ohio Clean Energy Summit: Local Communities Lead on April 30th at the Xavier University Cintas Center. The summit will feature announcements on new clean energy initiatives and will provide a forum to discuss how local governments can access tools and resources to advance carbon reduction strategies to create a healthier, more prosperous community.

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Millions were spent to overturn Ohio's nuclear bailout law and keep it. We'll never know who paid.

Feb 03, 2020 2:28 PM

COLUMBUS - "Friday marked the first time anyone involved in the nasty, expensive fight over Ohio's energy grid was required to disclose any details about their donors or how that money was spent.

That disclosure comes long after the debate over House Bill 6 ended.

Starting Jan. 1, 2021, Ohioans will have a new fee on their electric bills to pay for nuclear energy, coal plants and some solar projects. Meanwhile, subsidies for renewable energy and energy efficiency will fade. 

In the end, many of the groups involved in the clash will never report specifics about who donated money to their efforts. That's because state and federal laws do not require disclosure."

- Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati Enquirer

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House Bill 6 referendum effort is dead after group drops lawsuit appeal

Jan 22, 2020 5:14 PM

The Perry nuclear power plant in Lake County

The Perry nuclear plant in Lake County, seen here, and the Davis Besse plant near Toledo will be subsidized starting in 2021 thanks to House Bill 6. On Wednesday, HB6 opponents ended their legal battle to hold a statewide referendum overturning the nuclear and coal subsidy law. (John Kuntz, The Plain Dealer)

COLUMBUS — "The fight to hold a statewide referendum overturning House Bill 6, Ohio’s new law gutting green-energy standards and subsidizing nuclear and coal power plants, is officially over.

On Tuesday, Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts, the group behind the effort to hold the referendum, filed a motion with the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to drop its appeal seeking to gain more time to gather enough signatures to place the measure on the 2020 ballot.

'We couldn’t see a path forward,' said Gene Pierce, a spokesman for Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts, on Wednesday morning. 'I don’t know what anybody else wants to do, but we’re done.'"

—  Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com

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