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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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. 

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.  

  7. Wind + Solar

    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.   

  8. Solar Farms and Pollinator Gardens

    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

  9. New Solar Manufacture Lands in Minnesota

    Sep 25, 2018

    Heleine Inc. has invested $18 million to acquire a 25,000 square foot factory to manufacture photovoltaic solar panels in Iron Range, Minnesota.  The facility is expected to be fully operational in October, 2018 employing roughly 120 workers with a 5 million in payroll.  The facility is one of the most efficient solar manufactures in the country, able to produce 1,300 panels a day.  Read the full story from MPR News.    

  10. 2018 Long-Term Forecast Report Of Ohio Power Company

    Sep 24, 2018

    American Electric Power (AEP) recently filed an amended long-term forecast with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. The report outlines the a plan for AEP Ohio to procure at least 900 MW of economical renewable energy generation in its service territory.  To read the full story on UTILITY DIVE please click here.