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LEEDCo Appeals Icebreaker Wind Deal Breaker Ruling (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-06-24
Following up on our 27th May report, Cleveland-based Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) is calling for the Ohio Power Sitting Board (OPSB) to reconsider its ruling that the 20.7 MW Lake Erie (offshore) Icebreaker Wind demo project cease operations every night from March until November, which renders the project "financially untenable", according to LEEDCo.

As previously reported, the project was reviewed by more than a dozen state and federal agencies including U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Ohio EPA, and others. It has the support of many environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Ohio Environmental Council. (Source: LEEDCo, Offshore Wind, 23 June, 2020) Contact: LEEDCo, Dave Karpinski, Pres., (216) 241-9201,

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Lake Erie Wind Pilot Approved with Major Limitations (Ind. Report)
Lake Erie Energy Development Corp
Date: 2020-05-27
The Ohio Power Siting Board last week approved non-profit Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) pilot six-turbine Lake Erie offshore wind project with 33 -- including one that the turbines could not turn at night between March 1 and November 1, to limit risk to birds and bats. The developer claims the limits may kill the demonstration project which , as previously reported, received $40 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOE.

The Icebreaker pilot project has been approved by U.S. DOE, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which last year signed off on an environmental assessment that found no significant environmental impact from the project. The project is also supported by the Ohio Environmental Council and Sierra Club. (Source: LEEDCo,, 23 May, 2020) Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201,

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Lake Erie Wind Pilot Approved with Major Limitations (Ind. Report)
Lake Erie Energy Development Corp
Date: 2020-05-27
In Columbbus, the Ohio Power Siting Board last week approved non-profit Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) pilot six-turbine Lake Erie offshore wind project with 33 restrictive conditions, including one that the turbines could not turn at night between March 1 and November 1, to limit risk to birds and bats. The developer claims the limits may kill the demonstration project which , as previously reported, received $40 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOE.

The Icebreaker pilot project was previously approved by U.S. DOE, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which last year signed off on a 180-page environmental assessment, that found no significant environmental impact from the project which is supported by the Ohio Environmental Council and Sierra Club (Source: LEEDCo,, 23 May, 2020) Contact:

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lake Erie Energy Development Corp news,  LEEDCo news,  Offshore Wind news,  

City of Norman Committed to Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
City of Norman
Date: 2019-09-30
In the Sooner State, the Norman City Council and Norman Ready for 100 policy committee is touting its previously reported resolution to transition all city facilities to 100 pct wind, solar, energy efficiency measures and other renewable sources within the electricity sector by 2035, and all energy-use sectors, including heating and transportation, by 2050.

To that end, the Norman Ready for 100 is relying on the Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) utility to add sufficient new renewable energy to its system so the city can meet its self imposed program goals. The committee also wants to raise the efficiency standards in the city's building codes to 2015 levels.

The Ready for 100 is a national Sierra Club campaign with 133 U.S. city participants. Norman city facilities currently consumes about 10 MW of electricity. (Source: City of Norman, Norman Transcript, AP, 29 Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Norman, Darrel Pyle, City Manager, 405-366-5402, › city-manager

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LEEDCo Making Progress in Battle of Lake Erie Wind (Ind. Report)
Erie Energy Development Corporation
Date: 2019-05-17
The week in Clevelad, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) reported it has reached an agreement with the Ohio Power Siting Board, laying the foundation to build its long-delayed 6-turbine Icebreaker Wind energy project approximately 8 – 10 miles off of Cleveland. The project would include an 11.8-mile long submerged electric line to transmit power to Cleveland Public Power's onshore Lake Road substation. Under the agreement, LEEDCo will not begin construction until it has a signed Interconnection Service Agreement with PJM Interconnection, LLC, to link its wind 3.45-MW turbines into the regional transmission system. LEEDCo must now get approval for a permit from the Siting Board to move forward with construction, which could begin as early as 2021.

The project has already earned approvals from 13 local, state and federal regulatory agencies on a host of environmental and other requirements. Several environmental groups including Sierra Club and the Ohio Environmental Council are supporting Icebreaker Wind.

In August 2009, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) was created by the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force (GLEDTF), and developed and launched by NorTech Energy Enterprise, the Cleveland Foundation, the City of Cleveland, and Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties (Ohio). LEEDCo was founded as a private, nonprofit regional corporation to initially erect wind turbines in Lake Erie, and eventually to help stimulate an entire offshore freshwater wind industry in the Great Lakes.

LEEDCo is a regional economic development public-private partnership that has brought together important project stakeholders from the City of Cleveland, the Port Authority, and coastal counties, according to the company website. (Source: LEEDCo, wkyc3, 15 May, 2019)Contact: LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201,

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Atlanta Pledges 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2035 (Ind. Report)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-05-13
The BBC is reporting the city of Atlanta, Georgia, has signed onto the Sierra Club's Ready For 100 campaign pledging to fully switch to green energy by 2035.

Presently, between 6 and 8 pct of the city's energy needs are drawn from renewable energy resources. Atlanta's green energy plan touts the creation of 8,000 new jobs and claim the plan could also help low-income families in other ways.

More than 100 cities have recently pledged to run on 100 pct renewable energy, signing onto the Sierra Club's Ready For 100 campaign. To that end, the city aims to: cut energy consumption 25 to 30 pct; insulating old homes; installing energy-efficient lights; installing better HVAC systems; installing commercial and residential solar systems; increased battery energy storage for solar energy: and using renewable-energy credits from outside the state to offset coal and gas power still coming from the local grid; as well as maintain nuclear power as part of the city's energy mix. (Source: City of Atlanta, BBC, May, 2019) Contact: City of Atlanta, Amol Naik, chief Resilience Officer,,; Sierra Club/i> Ready For 100

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Snomish PUD Pledges Energy Efficiency, Green Energy (Ind. Report)
Snohomish County Public Utility District
Date: 2019-02-25
In Everett, Washington, the Snohomish County Council reports it has unanimously approved transitioning to 100 pct "clean, renewable" energy for government operations by 2045. To that end, the Council has committed to reducing energy consumption through retrofits, upgrades to LED lighting, improved energy efficiency and the installation of solar panels with energy storage capacity on county buildings. The PUB will also develop a clean energy plan and adopting a construction policy that will require all new county facilities be built to US Green Building Council LEED gold energy efficiency standards. The PUD resolution also calls for establishing a fund to pay for energy conservation retrofits and upgrades.

To tackle the county's largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, the transportation sector according to the resolution, the county plans to develop a policy to build a "green" vehicle fleet.

The move was proposed and supported by the Snohomish County chapter of The Climate Reality Project, Sierra Club, 350 Everett and the statewide group Environment Washington.

Snohomish County is the fifth government in Washington state to set a goal of 100 pctclean energy, after Edmonds, Whatcom County, Bellingham and Spokane, according to Environment Washington. (Source: Snohomish County Public Utility District, HeraldNet, Everett, Washington, 23 Feb., 2019) Contact: Snohomish County Public Utility District,

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B.C. Hidden Forest Carbon Emissions Questioned (Report Attached)
Sierra Club
Date: 2019-02-13
On the Canadian West Coast, the Sierra Club B.C. is urging the province to measure and reduce "uncounted forest emissions" which, in BC, represent a major hole in the province's climate plan and show the need for a provincial forest emissions-reduction strategy.

According to the attached Sierra Club BC report, climate-warming carbon emissions released from B.C. forests in both 2017 and 2018 were more than three times higher than emissions from all other sources combined in 2016 when the province pegged its carbon footprint from non-forestry sources at 61.3 million tpy.

The report notes that forests can act as either a "carbon sink" that absorbs excess greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, or a source of carbon emissions if it releases more carbon than it absorbs, as occasioned by the recent major forest fires.

The Sierra Club is calling on the province to produce an annual report measuring emissions from forests and to take steps to reduce forest carbon emissions, including banning slash burning, protecting old-growth forests and ramping up B.C.'s FireSmart program, which outlines best practices for reducing wildfire risk to properties in vulnerable communities.

In January, the B.C. government introduced the Clean B.C. plan to cut GHG emissions by 40 pct by 2030, 60 pct by 2040 and 80 pct by 2050. The plan redirects revenue from the provincial carbon tax into incentives like rebates for the province's biggest industries to move to cleaner operations.

Download the Sierra Club Hidden, Ignored and Growing:B.C.'s Forest Carbon Emissions report HERE. (Source: Sierra Club BC, CBC, Feb., 2019) Contact: Sierra Club BC, (250) 386-5255,,

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Peoria Intros Community Energy Savings Initiative (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-12-10
On Saturday in the Land of Lincoln, representatives from the Peoria Citizens Utility Board, the Sierra Club, Elevate Energy and Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance launched the Community Energy Savings Initiative.

Under the new initiative, utility customers participating in the program the program will no longer pay a flat rate for every kilowatt-hour used but rather the actual market rate for energy. The price increases during peak usage hours to as much as 13 cents per kilowatt-hour, and decreases during low usage hours to as low as 2-cents per kilowatt hour.

The Peoria initiative includes a Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program that could save low income residents $700 or more on their winter heating bill.

Program details are available at (Source: Ameren, Journal Star,PCCEO, 8 Dec., 2018) Contact: PCCEO, (217) 481-4781,

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Polk County Fla. Solar Coop Launched (Ind. Report)
Solar United Neighbors
Date: 2018-10-03
In Bartow, Florida, local, state and national groups have officially launched the Polk County Solar Cooperative to enable participants to gain bulk discounts on the installation of residential solar-power systems.

The newly created co-op will offer a three-month window for applications and will need at least 30 customers to qualify for discount rates and likely set a cap of 225 customers.

Co-op members would likely pay about $10,000 -- including a buld discount -- for a solar system for a small house. Solar customers can also receive a 30 pct federal tax credit on qualified costs.

Along with the League of Women Voters, the coop partners include: the Ancient Islands Sierra Club, Bok Tower Gardens, the Garden Club of Lakeland and Solar United Neighbors of Florida, along with Polk County and the cities of Bartow and Lake Wales.

Florida - aka the Sunshine State -- is one of four states that forbid third-party sales of electricity and doesn't offer rebates to encourage installation of solar systems. (Source: The Ledger, Solar United Neighbors, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: Solar United Neighbors,

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Cleveland Climate Plan Sheds Fossil Fuel Past (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-09-24
Once the sixth largest city in America, Cleveland -- "the Best Location in the Nation" -- reports it plans to join more than 80 U.S. cities in the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 Campaign and shift to 100 pct renewable energy sources for electricity and reduce greenhouses gases to 80 pct below the 2010 level by 2050.

Cleveland's climate action plan calls for cutting emissions through improved energy efficiency and building design; developing more renewable energy within the city and region, including offshore wind power in Lake Erie; and increased public transportation electric vehicles and EV charging stations. to reduce fossil fuel use. Cleveland, which released its first climate plan in 2013, cut its emissions by only 2 pct from 2010 levels by 2016. Cleveland now joins a list of 82 U.S. cities that have made pledges to source 100 pct renewable energy, according to the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 campaign.

Download the Cleveland Climate Action Plan, 2018 HERE. (Source: City of Cleveland, Inside Climate News, Others, 22 Sept., 2018) Contact: City of Cleveland, Environment,; Sierra Club Ready for 100 Campaign,

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AEP Ohio Announces Commitment to Renewable Energy
AEP Ohio
Date: 2018-09-23
AEP Ohio has announced a commitment to eventually double wind and solar generation in Ohio. Supporters say the plan sends a signal around the country to clean energy companies. AEP Ohio’s proposal is the next step in their plan to move away from coal power. Neil Waggoner is with the Sierra Club, which agreed to support the plan in 2015. Waggoner says AEP’s project and the state’s renewable energy standards are a signal to solar and wind developers. “If we just get out of our own way we’re gonna see more commitments like what AEP is trying to do and we’re gonna see Ohio clean energy just really take off," Waggoner said. Ohio lawmakers have tried repealing the standards mandating wind and solar power. A bill to change those standards could come up again after the November election. (Source: AEP, WKSU, 22 Sept., 2018)

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Notable Quotes on Clean Coal
Sierra Club
Date: 2018-02-07
"The phrase 'clean coal' is a made-up branding slogan. It is not real. Nothing can make a coal plant clean." -- Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club.

"Right now, clean energy jobs already overwhelm dirty fuels in nearly every state across America, and that growth is only going to continue as clean energy keeps getting more affordable and accessible by the day." -- Michael Brune, Exec Dir., Sierra Club Contact: Sierra Club,

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EPA Sued for Missed Renewable Fuel Reporting Deadlines (Reg & Lag)
EPA,Sierra Club
Date: 2017-10-23
In the nation's capital, the Sierra Club is taking the the US EPA to court claiming the agency is years overdue on its reporting obligations, and failure to address the growing prevalence of respiratory illness and environmental degradations the group says are being cause by corn and soy-based ethanol. According to the suit, the EPA violated the Clean Air Act by failing to update Congress on the environmental impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard program, and failed to study whether increased ethanol use is causing harm to the environment.

According to the Sierra Club complaint, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is not submitting the required reports on the environmental and resource conservation impacts of the Energy Independence and Security Act's Renewable Fuel Standard program and has failed to complete the required "anti-backsliding" study to determine whether vehicle and engine air pollutant emissions changes, resulting from the Program's renewable fuel volumes, adversely impact air quality". the complaint says.

The Sierra Club says it sent a letter to Pruitt on February 23, informing him that he wasn't performing his duty in regard to the RFS program. The Sierra Club seeks a declaration that Pruitt and the EPA have violated federal law, and an order compelling them to file the overdue reports. (Source: Sierra Club, 20 Oct., 2017) Contact: Sierra Club, Devorah Ancel, Oakland, California Office,

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Bloomberg Adding $64Mn to War on Coal Arsenal (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-16
According to, former Big Apple Mayor Michael Bloomberg contributing $64 million towards the fight against coal power plants. The , will benefit from the donation. The new funds are intended to support the Sierra Club and environmental groups working with mayors, governors, utility regulators and private sector leaders to "develop, implement and strengthen policies" that make it easier for solar and wind power to compete, according to a news release. The effort is aimed at closing 60 pct of the nation's coal-fired power plants by the end of 2020.

The Bloomberg initiative comes on the heels of the Trump administration's announcement that it will begin an appeal of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan mandating 32 pct cuts in CO2 emissions by 2030. (Source:, 12 Oct., 2017)

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