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Ohio utilities are considering their next steps after federal regulators knocked down a measure that would’ve allowed subsidies for struggling power plants. There are still options from state lawmakers.

Lake Erie shore line in Sandusky, Ohio.
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Environmental advocates are warning Ohioans that the state’s land, air and water are all at risk if the proposed cuts to the U.S. EPA are implemented.

A plan working its way through Congress could cut the U.S. EPA by 8 percent. Environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and Moms Clean Air Force, say this poses a threat to Ohio’s most valuable resources, such as Lake Erie.

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Cities around the country are changing colors, from a warm yellow shade to more of an institutional blue. The change comes from above: They're replacing old streetlight bulbs with new, energy-efficient LED bulbs.

Rover Pipeline Spill and Ohio's Wetlands

Apr 25, 2017
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The Rover Pipeline, which when completed will run from Washington County in southeast Ohio to Defiance in the northwest, was the source of a major spill. More than 2 million gallons of drilling mud was dumped into two Ohio wetlands. While the mud is naturally occurring, experts say the spill could be detrimental to the ecosystems of the already depleted wetland ecosystems.

Wetlands are crucial to the health of the environment, serving as natural incubators and purifiers, but over 90 percent of Ohio's wetlands have disappeared over the past several decades due to human activity. Today we'll take a look at how pipelines impact the environment, what will be done as a result of the spill and the state of Ohio's wetlands.

Kristen Kubitza of the Sierra Club Ohio Chapter takes questions alongside Al Frasz, owner of Dovetail Solar and Willie Overmann, Energy Manager for the city of Columbus.
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An environmental group says Ohio is 11th among all states in jobs in the solar energy industry. But the group says a vote likely this week in the Ohio House to change the state’s energy requirements for electric utilities could change that. 

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In another sign of a struggling coal industry, one of Ohio’s major utilities is shutting down or selling five more coal units by 2020.

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Two proposed power agreements in Ohio are seeing a pushback campaign organized by alternative energy supporters. The Alliance for Energy Choice says nearly 55,000 emails have been sent to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Gov. John Kasich's office and state legislators over the past two weeks. 

Opponents Of AEP, Sierra Club Deal Win Appeal For Depositions

Jan 5, 2016
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State utility regulators are weighing a compromise between American Electric Power, some other energy companies, and the Sierra Club. The deal would let AEP charge customers more in exchange for closing some coal-fired power plants over the next 15 years. Critics of the deal were handed a legal victory on Monday.

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Opponents are seeking more time from Ohio utility regulators to fight a deal announced this week between American Electric Power and the Sierra Club.