Ohio Tax Break for Purchasing Alternative Fuel Vehicle

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In an effort to keep Ohio's march toward energy independence moving forward, the Ohio House has proposed a bill. Alternative Fuel Tax Incentive The bill offers a tax credit for the purchase of a new alternative-fuel vehicle or the conversion of a vehicle to alternative fuel, such as natural gas. The credit would be 50 percent of the price of the conversion, or the price difference between a new … [Read more...]

Energy Sector Changes Spell Good News for States

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The energy sector is changing rapidly. Mostly how customers are getting it-NOT through power companies. The federal Energy Information Administration (EIA) now predicts power demand growth of only 0.7 percent per year, down from about 3 percent per year in the 1990s. Affordable Alternative Energy There are four primary causes attributed to this shift in where and how consumers get their energy … [Read more...]

Columbus OH Uses Energy Star to Track Building Emissions

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Ohio Companies Reuse Old Materials

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Everyone knows the advantages of reusing and recycling materials: conserve resources, save landfill space, reduce pollution and so much more. Programs and initiatives are being promoted in neighborhoods all across the country. It's especially pleasing to see businesses not only recycling, but creating a market out of reusing old materials. Here are some Ohio companies doing just … [Read more...]

Get Green Columbus Releases 2013 Progress Report

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Marking the tenth year of the Get Green Columbus initiative, Mayor Michael B. Coleman recently released the 2013 Progress Report. This was a particularly busy year for the program, launching new services such as the CoGo Bike Share and increasing existing capabilities like residential recycling. Read about the newest changes to increase engagement and establish environmental policy. … [Read more...]

Columbus, OH Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Mayor Michael Coleman and Columbus, OH officials studied the baseline greenhouse gas emissions in 2005. With an initial inventory totaling 317,926 MT eCO2, the city has taken actions to reduce its demand on natural resources by upgrading inefficient lighting, monitoring and adjusting building temperatures, improving HVAC systems, and weatherizing buildings. The city has set a goal to reduce … [Read more...]

Federal Safety Laws Trump Ohio Fracking Statutes

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Activists in Ohio have won a battle in the ongoing attempts to reduce the damage done by fracking. The U.S. EPA has decided that a 2001 Ohio statute does not satisfy federal reporting requirements. Ohio Oil and Gas Industry Favoritism Teresa Mills of Grove City has spearheaded efforts to keep oil and gas companies in Ohio accountable. The statute passed in 2001 clearly favored these … [Read more...]

Energy Consumption Decreasing in U.S.

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It seems America is achieving its goals when it comes to energy consumption and conservation. Power usage is on track to decline for the third year in a row, to 10,819 kilowatt-hours per household, says the Energy Information Administration. These are levels last seen in 2001. Energy Efficiency Advances in Design and Technology Home Design States have worked hard in recent years to ensure … [Read more...]

Columbus, OH Leading Green Fleet Initiatives

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According to a recent Governing article, the Green Fleet Action Plan of Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman has achieved sustained levels of success. The plan began in 2008 with the goals of reducing fuel costs and emissions of city vehicles by converting vehicles to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). By 2011, Columbus, OH was ranked # 1 as Best Fleet by the Government Green Fleet Awards. Green changes … [Read more...]

TVA Reduces Coal Power Generation to 20 Percent

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The Tennessee Valley Authority has taken another step toward reducing its dependency on coal. Eight units at three plants will be retired. These measures will reduce total energy generated from coal from 38 to 20 percent.   The decrease is brought about by a combination of changes in the economy and regulations. Power demand is low. TVA wants to keep rates at reasonable levels. The … [Read more...]