Mar 7, 2013
The abundance of natural resources and extensive open space positions rural communities across Ohio to play a central role in future energy development projects. However, energy development presents impacted communities with new social, economic, and environmental opportunities and challenges. Extension Educators throughout Ohio are in a the ideal position to educate communities on the potential impacts of energy development and support them through the transition.
Feb 26, 2013
Please join us on March 14th, for the Energize Ohio Business and Manufactures Workshop - Developing and Financing On-Site Renewable Energy Projects. The half-day workshop will be held at Owens Community College in Findlay Ohio and is sponsored by JobsOhio and OSU Extension. Program participants will learn about Ohio energy policy and renewable energy development strategies implemented by businesses in northwest Ohio. The ultimate goal of this workshop is to provide Ohio business and industry the tools and knowledge to make informed decisions on energy investments, allowing them
Feb 6, 2013
Please join us on April 8th, for this Ohio State University Bio-Energy Workshop that will examine bio-crop production in Ohio, energy policy, and potential biomass markets. The workshop will review a bio-energy case study from Ashtabula County, provide insight on bio-energy opportunities form researchers at Ohio State University and Michigan State University, and offer a walking tour of bio-energy crops on the OSU South Centers Campus.
Jan 10, 2013
Algae farming is expanding across the United States and around the world, showing great promise as a fast-growing and efficient source of natural oil for renewable transportation fuel, bio-plastics, food supplements and many other products.
Growing algae in places like Ohio may sound like a strange proposition, especially in the middle of winter. After all, most large-scale algae operations are found in warmer climates with lots of sunshine, as these conditions allow for year-round production. However, the project in Wooster is seeking to change that.
Mar 29, 2012
The EPA is proposing to take common-sense steps under the Clean Air Act to limit carbon pollution from new power plants. Power plants are the largest individual sources of carbon pollution in the United States and currently there are no uniform national limits on the amount of carbon pollution that future power plants will be able to emit.
Mar 13, 2012
Created under the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the Production Tax Credit (PTC) provides a per-kilowatt-hour tax credit for electricity generated by qualified energy resources. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 allows taxpayers eligible for the federal renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC) to instead select one of the following options:
Jan 5, 2012
There are many websites and resources available to consumers and businesses to help make informed decisions about renewable energy. The Center for Rural Affairs is one such resource providing information for Wind Energy development. The Center indicates three objectives to assist in wind development:
Dec 7, 2011
Currently 43 states in the U.S.
Oct 22, 2011
Good locations for utility scale wind development must have fast, steady, nonturbulent winds, and they must be near transmission lines. The Amercian Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has developed a fact sheet, "Ten Steps to Developing a Wind Farm", to include certain siting criteria. Below are the four essential siting requirements.
Oct 4, 2011
In 2009, I witnessed a number of solar developers who were engaging rural landowners with lease option agreements for large tracts of land to develop renewable energy projects. During these discussions, a question that arose that affects many landowners in Ohio. How will a renewable energy project impact land that is enrolled in the Current Agricultural Use Value Program?