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  1. 2020 LEASING YOUR LAND FOR SHALE AND SOLAR WEBINARS

    2020 LEASING YOUR LAND FOR SHALE AND SOLAR WEBINAR RECORDINGS AVAILABLE

    Jun 5, 2020

    2020 LEASING YOUR LAND FOR SHALE AND SOLAR WEBINAR RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE

  2. Investment in Ohio natural gas power plants tops $15 billion

    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.

  3. OSU Extension specialists explain solar farm leasing for landowners

    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.

  4. Ohio State University Extension Energy Team Presents Poster at Extension Annual Conference

    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).

  5. 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.

  6. 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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  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

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