1. Stone Laboratory Research Brief - Renewable Energy Development: Aiding Public Officials in the Decision Making Process

    Jul 29, 2015

    In Ohio, county commissioners are faced with the difficult decision of approving or denying alternative energy zones in their community. This decision can generate millions of dollars in local tax revenue, but will alter the landscape of the community for decades.  

  2. 2015 National Extension Energy Summit

    May 21, 2015

    Here is a link to the exciting video of the recent National Extension Energy Summit in Seattle sponsored by Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest and WSU Extension. The April 2015 event brought together Extension professionals and clean energy advocates from 31 states and Washington D.C. to share their work and ideas around sustainable and renewable energy, home and farm energy efficiency, biomass energy programs, and other clean energy areas.

  3. 2015 National Extension Energy Summit

    Oct 31, 2014

    Please join us for the National Extension Energy Summit (NEES) on April 7, 2015 in Seattle WA.  This is an opportunity for Extension professionals to share experiences and information, learn from successes and challenges, and build new partnerships for energy programs. The Summit will bring together expertise from Extension supporting: sustainable and renewable energy, home and farm energy efficiency, biomass energy programs, and other exciting energy areas.

  4. Researchers Complete Advanced Cluster Analysis for EDA-Funded Project

    Oct 14, 2014

    Researchers shared the highlights of an advanced cluster analysis focused on manufacturing with four EDD’s (economic development districts) during meetings in late September and early October 2014.  The cluster analysis is one of four analytical steps being conducted as part of an EDA (Economic Development Administration) funded project to inform the overall 25-county shale impacted region about economic, social and environmental changes, potential implications and resultant strategic directions for sustainable development. 

  5. Pastures and Pipelines

    Aug 19, 2014

    It has become a common occurrence in Eastern Ohio to see oil and gas related pipelines being installed through pastures and crop fields.  While many sections of these lines are installed and reseeded to the farmer’s satisfaction, some are not.  Lately, I have been asked by farmland owners and contractors alike to assess the reseeding success of individual sections of right-of-ways.  Below are some ideas which I hope will curb some of the incidents I have noticed.

  6. Sustainability Model for Communities Impacted by Unconventional Oil and Gas Development

    Jul 9, 2014

    In less than a decade unconventional oil and gas production has proliferated in the United States. This occurrence is not a new phenomenon but the technology being used and the geographical areas in the United States are new.  These are two of the factors that have allowed the oil and gas industry to expand.

  7. Bioenergy Made Easy Video Series

    Jun 16, 2014

    Are you having trouble figuring out what all of the ethanol, RINs, engine fears, and other renewable fuel hype is about? Who can you trust for solid science-based information?

  8. EDA Shale Project Update

    Apr 22, 2014

    Productive and well received project regional launch meetings, data development and team planning activities sum up initial progress on “Building Sustainable Communities in Ohio’s Shale Region: Leveraging Manufacturing Clusters and Local Assets with Strategic Planning”, a project funded by the U.S.

  9. Energy Efficient Lighting

    Mar 24, 2014

    Did you know that about 10% your home’s energy costs are related to your lights?  According to  swapping out 15 incandescent bulbs could save approximately $50 each year.  This is an easy way to save money

  10. Ohio Shale Development: The Community Impact

    Feb 19, 2014

    Oil and gas production in eastern Ohio dates back to the 1800s, with thousands of wells having been drilled into shallow sandstone deposits and other formations.  However, energy resource development since 2010 has been on a scale far exceeding what had occurred during the previous 100 years.  The impact on farmers and other rural landowners has been substantial, including pay-outs of hundreds of thousands of dollars for many who have leased their subsurface resources.  Local communities and governments have experienced change as well.