Jul 9, 2019
Innogy, a German renewable energy company, has officially started work on a 250-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Hardin and Logan counties, The Columbus Dispatch reports. The $300-million Scioto Ridge wind farm “is expected to become operational before the end of 2020,” according to the article. With 75 wind turbines, the wind farm “will generate enough electricity for about 60,000 homes,” and will create approximately 150 construction jobs and 10 permanent jobs.
Jun 27, 2019
In April 2019, Ohio House Bill 6 titled “Creates Ohio Clean Air Program” was introduced to promote electricity production from clean air resources that improve air quality in this state. The legislation would repeal the existing Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards originally established in 2008 by Ohio Senate Bill 221. Ohio House Bill 6 would create an electricity rate rider for Ohio electric consumers to establish a clean air fund. These funds will first be made available as subsidies for two nuclear power plants in Ohio and the remaining funds will establish a reduced emissions progra
May 22, 2019
Researchers find way to build potassium-oxygen batteries that last longer
Researchers have built a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery, a step toward a potential solution for energy storage on the nation’s power grid and longer-lasting batteries in cell phones and laptops.
Feb 12, 2019
Large solar facilities with a generating capacity of 50 MW or more must obtain a certificate from the Ohio Power Siting Board. As of February 2019, nine large scale solar cases representing 1,249 megawatts of potential capacity were submitted to the Ohio Power Sitting Board and either approved (3) or pending (6). As a result of this development trend, many Ohio landowners are being approached to lease their land for large scale solar development. Solar leases are complex long-term commitments with various
Dec 4, 2018
While, many regions already have sufficient electric generation capacity to charge electric vehicles (EVs) during off-peak hours, a rapid increase in EVs will likely increase electric demand. However, the required investments may be smaller than it appears and fuel costs savings could offset infrastructure investments.
Nov 20, 2018
Big data centers with high energy consumption are driving demand long-term contracts for renewable electricity. As more devices are connected, the tech industry has become the biggest corporate buyer of renewable energy. Click here to read the full Bloomberg article, From Google to Facebook, Big Data Is Driving Green Energy Shift.
Nov 9, 2018
DOE funding supports new ideas to provide low-cost energy storage options. For example, one research team is filling silos with sand to store energy as heat and convert it to electricity when needed. Click here to read full article, “Midwest researchers tap into low-cost, long-duration energy storage” by Andy Balaskovitz.
Oct 23, 2018
Ohio’s new grid reform plan, PowerForward outlines key objectives to pursue grid modernization that incorporates smart meters, energy data accessibility, EV charging infrastructure and non-wires alternatives, to offset expensive wire upgrades.
Oct 15, 2018
A renewable energy developer seeks to build Ohio’s first wind-solar hybrid project that would produce enough electricity for nearly 175,000 homes. Click here to read the full article, Pairing Wind + Solar for Cheaper, 24-Hour Renewable Energy on Inside Climate News.
Oct 3, 2018
A Vermont solar developer is utilizing portions of a solar site to establish a healthy pollinator-friendly ground cover. This approach can reduce the long-term mowing costs associated with solar projects while improving soil quality, storm water management, and providing critical habitat necessary for pollinators to thrive. Click here to read the full story from the Rutland Herald