Nov 15, 2021
As agricultural operations have become more sophisticated and automated, the electrical demands of many farms have increased, requiring enhanced needs for high quality power to operate electric motors and equipment.
Feb 8, 2021
OSU Extension is collecting energy data on farms to better understand how peak electric demand affects electric bills.
Jun 5, 2020
2020 LEASING YOUR LAND FOR SHALE AND SOLAR WEBINAR RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE
Mar 26, 2020
In recent years, Ohio “has seen proposals for nearly a dozen new natural gas-fired power plants representing more than 9,200 megawatts [MW] and more than $15 billion in investments,” energyindepth.org reports. Plants that are currently operational include the 955-MW Oregon Energy Center, representing $880 million in investment; the 908-MW Oregon Clean Energy Center, representing $800 million in investment; and Carroll County Energy, with another $800 million in investment.
Feb 27, 2020
What do farm landowners need to understand about the solar leasing process? As solar energy companies have “approached several landowners in Madison County” in recent months, asking to lease their land, Ohio State University Extension is hoping to help answer that question, Columbus Messenger reports. Lower solar construction costs and a change in solar energy policy is prompting investors to rush to get projects started; two solar farm projects in Madison County are currently in the pre-application process with the State of Ohio, according to the article.
Dec 19, 2019
Members from The Ohio State University Extension Energy Team presented a Poster at the Extension Annual Conference to share the good work and availability of programming to Extension representatives across the state. Pictured from left: Gwynn Stewart, Extension Educator 3, CD Noble County and Erica Lyon, Extension Educator 2, ANR, Ohio Jefferson/Harrison Counties (Also presenting but not shown were Chris Penrose, Extension Educator, ANR, Professor, Morgan County and Christine Gelley, Extension Educator, ANR, Noble County).
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.
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....
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