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January 14, 2015

Ohio renewable energy policies spurred growth, now driving away business, report says

By Jackie Borchardt, Northeast Ohio Media Group   •    •  Posted 2015-01-14 06:52:03

Ohio’s renewable energy policies sparked tremendous investment in the industry, but recent moves by state lawmakers have slowed that growth and threaten its future, according to a report released Tuesday. Ohio was No. 13 in the country for new capacity and private investment in wind at the end of 2012, according to the Pew report. However, new investment halted in 2013 because of “uncertainty” created by legislative debate over Ohio’s renewable energy standards and the expiration of a federal production tax credit, according to the report. [ read more … ]

Dairy, utilities end dispute as family sells farm in closely watched case 

Emma Nelson, Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted 2015-01-14 06:52:24

A coalition of utilities behind a $2 billion power line project are buying a family-owned Minnesota dairy farm, potentially setting a precedent for other farms along the line’s route. Cedar Summit Farm, which the Minar family has farmed since 1926, announced “with a heavy heart” last week that it will close this Friday or earlier if it runs out of its signature cream-topped, organic milk. [ read more … ]

CEQ chief’s departure adds to energy exodus 

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-14 06:52:44

The White House is on the verge of another exodus of top environment and energy staffers. Mike Boots, the acting chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, plans to leave the administration in March, a CEQ spokeswoman said. His departure will come a month after President Obama’s top environmental aide, John Podesta, is slated to step down. [ read more … ]

Biden to host Caribbean energy summit 

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-14 06:53:02

Vice President Joe Biden is preparing to host a Caribbean energy security summit in Washington, D.C., later this month, the White House announced yesterday. Biden will welcome Caribbean heads of government, members of the private sector and other officials Jan. 26 at the event, aimed at promoting “a cleaner and more sustainable energy future in the Caribbean through improved energy governance, greater access to finance, and donor coordination,” according to the White House. [ read more … ]

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