Category Archives: Smart Energy Solutions

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

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


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![email protected]&l=418_HTML&u=20932882&mid=7219454&jb=1

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club – Miami Group Executive Committee

“Bag It” Movie Screening – April 22, 2016 – LexisNexis Campus in Dayton Ohio

Earth Day is a celebration of Spring, renewal and our commitment to ending pollution; a call to action on refusing, reducing, reusing, recycling waste and of course plastic pollution gets more notice with the screening of the movie, “Bag It”!

“Bag It” will show at Lexis Nexis’s Dayton Campus on April 22, 2016. Michele Butcher, Lexis Nexis’ “Green Team” lead will offer the opportunity to those in attendance to see this film, produced by ReelThing Productions. The film begins at noon and lasts 76 minutes.

I will answer questions afterwards. I’m told Lexis Nexis Group is very progressive in “leave no trace” measure on campus. Their paper recycling is at nearly 100 percent efficiency. Efforts are to recycle 100 percent plastic on campus also. I’ll learn more about their needs and offer information on Dayton area grants available to businesses that adopt “green” programs.

If you wish to see this movie on April 22, just call me or email me. Help us celebrate Earth Day at Lexis Nexis!

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club Miami Group – Executive Committee


“Say It With Ink” – Letter Writing Campaign – Boston Stoker Centerville – December 28, 2015 @ 7:00 P.M.

The Sierra Club Miami Group is proud to sponsor the second letter writing campaign of the year on December 28,  2015 at the Boston Stoker Coffee House in Centerville Ohio.

Christopher Hess, Miami Group Volunteer and Scott Bushbaum, Miami Group Executive Committee Representative will answer questions and write letters with those so inspired on a variety of local environmental issues. Some local issues include recycling in Dayton and legislative measures to curb plastic pollution.

The Boston Stoker Coffee House is located at 6071 Far Hills Ave. Centerville Ohio 45459. We will meet at seven o’ clock. We supply paper, envelopes and ink pens. All we need is you! We can buy the coffee or tea, too!

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



“Say It Like You Mean It!” – Letter Writing meeting at Boston Stoker Centerville on December 2, 2015

On December 2, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Scott Bushbaum, Executive Committee Representative and Christopher Hess, Miami Group Volunteer met with at the Boston Stoker Coffeehouse at Washington Square to write letters and hash out the issues!

We talked on issues and wrote letters on the Clean Power Plan, and utility bailout measures in Ohio, recycling initiatives in Dayton, and Bureau of Land Mgmt. mineral rights in the Wayne National Forest. Our strength in numbers as the largest environmental group in Ohio can speak volumes in getting our voice heard!

As the letter writing began, we met Rachel Carr, Environmental Club President of Centerville High School. She introduced herself and told us of her Club’s meeting schedule at Centerville High School. I mentioned that coordinating efforts between the Sierra Club and the Environmental Club is encouraged. The future of environmental action is within the ranks of those youth who will work for a less polluted world.

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







The Emerging Clean Energy Edge

Global energy markets are reaching a tipping point. A pathway has opened for climate progress, but only if governments, business and public’s recognize and exploit the opportunity.

For the first time, a large fraction of the world’s fossil fuels could be replaced at a lower cost by clean energy, with today’s renewable technologies and prices. And virtually no further investments in fossil fuels make long-term economic sense because higher fossil fuel prices over their useful life will be exorbitant.

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