1. Economic Development Administration Funding Announcement

    Nov 19, 2013

    Written by: Nancy Bowen, OSU Extension Field Specialist, Community Economics 

  2. Framing the Energy Picture

    Nov 4, 2013

    Written By: Mike Lloyd, Extension Educator, Community Development Noble County

    An oil and gas boom is certainly underway in Ohio.  The introduction of horizontal drilling technology in the Utica/Point Pleasant and the Marcellus Shales in the eastern part of the state has created a level of economic activity in counties including Carroll, Harrison, and Noble that has been unseen since the days when coal was king.

  3. Home Energy Efficiency Starts With You

    Oct 21, 2013

    Written by: Pat Holmes, OSU Extension Educator, Family & Consumer Sciences

    Using energy efficiency techniques in your home can make a difference in the amount you pay your utility company each month.  Don’t know where to start?  Checkout the Roadmap developed by the Energize Ohio Team at:

    Start with small changes to avoid feeling like everything needs to be done at once. Then make as many changes as you want to do.

  4. Increased Opportunities for Wind Turbine Technicians

    Oct 14, 2013

    Written by: Cynthia Leis, OSU Extension Educator, Community Development

    With wind turbines erupting across the U.S., so will training programs to certify technicians to repair and maintain their ability to produce energy. According to the Department of Energy, wind energy is now the fastest growing source of power in the United States, representing 43 percent of all new U.S. electric generation capacity in 2012 and $25 billion in new investment.

  5. Economic Development and the Shale Area

    Oct 7, 2013

    Written By: Cindy Bond, OSU Extension Educator, Community Development

    Rural communities in Eastern Ohio are experiencing a sudden impact as a result of the development of the Shale Energy development.  Shale development in these communities impacts their structure through the influx of new, often temporary workers, challenging existing community dynamics and the ability to meet these needs.  The economic development in these communities is an important topic of conversation.

  6. Impacts of Extreme Weather on Energy Generation

    Aug 13, 2013

    According data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2011 the United States emitted approximately 5,490 million metric tons of CO2 from the consumption of energy, which was roughly 17% of the total CO2 emitted globally.  As a result of statistics such as this, the connection between energy and the environment it is often in reference to CO2 emissions from energy production and its impact on the environment.  However, the U.S. Department of Energy recently released a report titled U.S.

  7. Extension Signature Program Workshop

    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.

  8. Energize Ohio Business and Manufactures Workshop - Developing and Financing On-Site Renewable Energy Projects

    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

  9. Bio-Energy Workshop to be Held at OSU South Centers

    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.

  10. Algae Farming Technology Yields Renewable Fuel, Uses Waste as Fertilizer

    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.