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  1. Solar Energy

    Here comes the sun: Farmers consider solar leasing

    Oct 7, 2019

    LONDON, Ohio — Ohio is rarely thought of as a sunny state, and never less so than in the last 12 months. Still, around the end of 2017, Eric Romich, Ohio State extension specialist for energy development, started getting calls from farmers about companies interested in leasing their land for solar energy projects.

    Just as when the oil-and-gas industry moved in years ago, some farmers are seeing a new income opportunity — but there are a lot of factors to consider before signing a lease.

  2. University sees sustainability improvements from energy partnership

    Aug 26, 2019

    University sees sustainability improvements from energy partnershipHighlights after two years include conservation measures, plans for new plant https://news.osu.edu/university-sees-sustainability-improvements-from-en....


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  3. Wind farm

    Work begins on $300M Scioto Ridge wind farm

    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.

  4. Ohio HB 6 - Creates Ohio Clean Air Program

    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

  5. Solar Energy

    Another step forward for a promising new battery to store clean energy

    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.

  6. Landowner Considerations for solar lease agreements

    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

  7. Existing Infrastructure Ready to Support Electric Vehicles?

    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. 

  8. Data Centers Driving Demand for Renewable Energy Projects

    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.

  9. DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Program Supporting Research for Low-Cost Energy Storage Options

    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.

  10. PowerForward A Roadmap to Ohio's Electricity Future

    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.  

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