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PNS Daily Newscast - August 17, 2017 


On our nationwide rundown; President Trump disbands two economic councils as CEO’s resign in protest; we will tell you why Iowa, like Trump, has bias issues; plus land trusts are a prime spot to view Monday’s solar eclipse.

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Public News Service - OH: Energy Policy

With larger, more efficient turbines, the cost of wind power has dropped dramatically. (Nyttend/Wikimedia Commons)

CLEVELAND – Ohio businesses and farms are generating a lot of onsite wind power, but the state has fallen behind its neighbors in developing larger wind farm capacity. The U.S. Department of Energy's 2016 "Wind Technologies Market Report" ranks Ohio sixth in the nation for wind power generat

Terri Schumacher of Barnesville, Ohio, says her family is suffering from health problems due to nearby oil and gas development. (Scott Goldsmith/Earthjustice)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Today is the deadline to weigh in on an Environmental Protection Agency proposal that opponents say would put the health of Ohioans at risk. The EPA finalized rules in 2016 to reduce methane pollution released from new oil and gas facilities, but the agency's new director, Scott P

Everything else is changing with technology; why not the power grid? PUCO's PowerForward initiative aims to find out. (photojojo3/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The role of technology in the future of Ohio's energy grid is the topic of a meeting of the minds in Columbus. A series of three-day hearings on Phase Two of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio's PowerForward initiative wraps up Thursday. PUCO spokesman Matt Schilling explain

A disconnect notice is not required to be eligible for summer cooling assistance through HEAP.<br />(noricum/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The sweltering heat in Ohio is underscoring the importance of cooling assistance for vulnerable populations. Low-income Ohioans with a documented medical condition or those 60 years of age and older can ask for help to stay cool through the Summer Crisis Program. Michele Luc

Teri Utz Bersee of Logan County says the Nexus pipeline would threaten the future of her organic farm. (Bersee and Utz Heirloom Farm)<br />

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Some Ohio landowners say the construction of a proposed natural-gas pipeline would plow up their livelihood. The Nexus Pipeline would carry natural gas through nearly a dozen Northern Ohio counties up through Michigan to Canada. Teri Utz Bersee, who runs an organic farming operatio

AEP and Duke Energy want to increase fixed monthly charges on customers' bills. (Suzie Tremmel/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — People around Ohio are speaking out about proposed rate increases from local utility companies. Both American Electric Power and Duke Energy want to raise the fixed charge for customers - a charge that is paid even before the meter starts running. Opponents argue that the inc

Taxpayers are expected to earn $800 million in royalties from captured natural gas over the next decade. (Ted Auch/FracTracker.org)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new rule that would rein in methane pollution from natural gas and oil wells on public lands in Ohio and other states is facing an uncertain fate. The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Methane and Waste Reduction Rule was finalized in November, and it requires companies to

Climate marches in several Ohio cities were held Saturday in solidarity with similar actions across the nation marking Trump's 100th day. (Garry Knight/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- President Donald Trump marked his 100th day in office this weekend, saying his administration "has brought profound change to Washington.” While they agree the change has been profound, environmental groups say it's been anything but positive, especially regarding policies th

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