Category Archives: Political Action

Dayton Power and Light Bailout Hearing – 9/27/16 at Dayton City Hall

Neil Waggoner, Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign organizer is putting out the word to folks in Dayton and SW Ohio…,

The DP&L bailout hearings are scheduled for two public meetings on September 27, 2016 at Dayton City Hall. One meeting is at 3 p.m. and another is later the same day at 6 p.m.

Dayton City Hall is located at 101 W. Third St. Dayton OH 45402.

DP&L is seeking money from taxpayers to  pay for old power plants. With renewable energy such as solar and wind already replacing coal power in many places in the Midwest, like northern Indiana, the Sierra Club is working to organize a movement toward solar and wind. Coal power is dangerous to miners, dirty to the atmosphere where it’s known to contribute to climate change and global warming. Coal power is expensive also. The capital return on the investment to utilities can be beneficial to them and those who use alternative sources of power; some market analysts say solar power can be as inexpensive as 5.5 cents per kilowatt hour.

Join us at Dayton City Hall on September 27th and be a part of a movement that stops tax money for coal plants! More information is available at our Facebook page for this event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1063291723791400/

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club Miami Group Executive Committee / Ohio Chapter Executive Committee

 

Ohio Utilities Seek to Discourage Efficiency

Two Ohio utility companies, DP&L (Dayton Power and Light) and AEP (American Electric Power), have petitioned the Ohio Public Utilities Commission to increase their fixed rate charges. These are the charges on your utility bill that do not vary when you use more or less energy. In the case of DP&L, the charges will increase up to 223%.  Utility companies across the country have made similar proposals in the past few years. It’s easy to guess why. Threats to usage-based revenue loom large on the horizon. Homes have become much more energy efficient in recent years, and the popularity of programs such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), Passivhaus, and the Living Building Challenge  suggest that they could be drastically more efficient in just a few years.

In February, Consumers Union enumerated the problems with fixed-charge increases thusly:

Low-usage and low-income customers are hit hardest by mandatory fixed fee hikes.

Utilities keep pushing for increases in fixed charges, even as utilities commissions often steer away from them.

Fixed charges reduce customer control.

Reduced incentives for energy efficiency and distributed generation can raise costs for all consumers.

The article and link to the full report are available here, and well worth a read. Other strategies, such as inclining block rates, can provide utilities with the necessary operating revenue without burdening the poor or discouraging the forward-thinking.

If you feel the same please write the PUC and voice your opposition to fixed charges:

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

180 East Broad Street

Columbus, Ohio 43215

Read more about this issue at:

The Rocky Mountain Institute

Ohio Citizen Action

Consumer Reports

 

“Dayton Connections” September meeting at Brixx Ice Company on 9/26/16 @ 7:00 p.m.

Dayton Connections followers and Sierra Club members,

Look for us at the Brixx Ice Company on September 26, 2016 at 7 p.m. for a meeting of the “Dayton Connections”.

The Brixx Ice Company is located at 500 E. First St. Dayton Ohio 45402. This location is central to Dayton and is adjacent to Fifth Third Field where the Dayton Dragons play minor league baseball.

Just stop in and catch the latest in environmental news in Dayton. We talk about the Garden Station project, single use plastic bag bans locally and Gulf Oil / Lexus pipelines. of course as always this is forum for you to tell me what is most important in your neighborhood. I then work on your issues at the group and Ohio Chapter levels to get action and stop pollution. Don’t forget to get the first updates from me on where and when to backpack, camp, bike, and hike around Dayton and beyond. After all, we do more than talk and gawk! We hike and bike, camp and canoe, too!

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club Miami Group Executive Committee

Hamilton County Commissioner Candidate Forum

Candidate Forum

Election time is coming and there are new candidates for the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners. Come hear from the candidates for Hamilton County Board of Commissioners on September 27th from 6 – 8 pm at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church.  County Commissioners are responsible for sewer, transportation, and solid waste issues, as well as several other departments including the Board of Elections, Courts, Tax Levy, Corrections and Job and Family Services. Candidates running will be asked question on community concerns generated by the attendees.

When: September 27th, 6-8 pm

Where: 103 William Howard Taft Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45219

For more information, to RSVP, and to submit questions click here. 

This Candidate Forum is sponsored by Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati. If you have any questions regarding the forum, please contact Community Shares at [email protected]

Show your support for Ohio’s largest clean energy project!!

AEP, American Electric Power is on the verge of making Ohio the hub for clean energy in the Midwest and you play an important role in making it happen!

Neil Waggoner, from Sierra Club Beyond Coal is raising awareness for this deal to bring a historic deal to Ohio for wind and solar power.

The Public Utility Commission of Ohio is hearing comments on AEP’s work to bring solar and wind power to Ohio and end some demands on coal energy. This deal will be a healthy move for Ohio away from toxic carbon and sulfur dioxide emissions.

See more at the link below. A meeting is scheduled in Columbus for August 25, 2016 where the public is invited to speak for clean, renewable energy. Thank you for your support and Go Green Ohio!

https://sierra.secure.force.com/actions/National?actionId=AR0052005&id=70131000001STWPAA4&data=a8951572a6f8544f47ac2668ea9ae5deb78ce5bbf2dfd60c92de3b2f0e18c5f27b5cefb27fcc90e2460ca37aee32b414&utm_medium=email&utm_source=sierraclub&utm_campaign=beyondcoal&j=505543&[email protected]&l=418_HTML&u=20932882&mid=7219454&jb=1

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club – Miami Group Executive Committee

Dayton Connections Area meeting at Brixx Ice Company on July 18, 2016!

Fellow Dayton Connections followers,

The Sierra Club Miami Group “Dayton Connections” area meeting for July will be held at the Brixx Ice Company in Dayton on July 18, 2016.

The site for this meeting is new to the “Dayton Connections”. The Brixx Ice Company is located at  500 E. First St. Dayton Ohio 45402. This menu offers good food and a nice selection of brews from a local eatery with a great sports / music atmosphere.

We begin at seven o’clock p.m. and finish our talk on local environmental issues by nine. Listen for news about PUCO utility bailouts, the Layer Park lead contamination issue, and saving Garden Station from urban developers. See you there!

Scott Bushbaum Sierra Club – Miami Group – Executive Committee

 

 

Speak out in favor of Green Transportation!

There are two opportunities for concerned citizens to speak up in favor of green transportation choices and against further highway building and expansion in Greater Cincinnati.

EC-StudyAreas-Map-20161.) The Ohio Department of Transportation is seeking input as it redraws plans for the Eastern Corridor, which could include major new highway construction in the Anderson Township-Newtown area. Citizens attending six public forums spoke out strongly in favor of low-impact projects to improve safety and expand bike trails and transit options. You can do the same using the online survey at:

http://easterncorridor.org/

Let ODOT know our asthma rates are too high already, and we oppose any efforts to build highways that would endanger the many parks, lakes, and high-quality forests in Segments 2 and 3.

2.) The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana (OKI) Regional Council of Governments is updating the 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan. Despite data showing the greatest number of serious accidents (p.66-67) is outside the Eastern Corridor area, ODOT continues to pour money into consultants and public relations work to promote the Eastern Corridor rather than prioritize resources where they are most needed.

Let OKI know that our tax dollars should be spent more wisely. We need to repair the crumbling Western Hills Viaduct and invest in transit to reduce congestion on our overcrowded interstates.

Submit comments online at: http://2040.oki.org/public-involvement/

Or attend the public hearing at 5pm, Monday June 6th at the OKI Board Room 720 E. Pete Rose Way #420 Cincinnati, OH 45202.

2040 Long Range Transportation Plan Adopted by MVRPC Board of Directors

Dayton Connections followers,

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission Board of Directors has adopted the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan on May 6, 2016.  The plan allows for over five million dollars of funding in transportation investments over the next twenty five years. The development of this plan is required for the Miami Valley to receive federal funding for transportation projects.

The investments include projects related to roadway, regional bike way, pedestrian, transit and multi modal strategies and programs. The plan is updated every four years and can be changed due to fiscal changes in local, state or federal funding. “The 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan is a result of a coordinated, transportion planning effort…in order to implement regional transportation priorities. Our staff makes sure the final plan reflects these priorities which will benefit this Region for years to come.” says MVRPC Executive Director Brian O. Martin AICP.

A hyperlink below is available for more information on the MVRPC 2040 Plan.

http://www.mvrpc.org/news/general-news/2040-long-range-transportation-plan-adopted-mvrpc-board-directors

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club – Miami Group – Executive Committee