More Reasons for Ohio to Focus on Distributed Electricty Generation

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An article on the Washington Post titled “Aging power grid on overload as U.S. demands electricity” details how overworked and aging infrastructure can be a real problem– particularly as the unpredictable forces of nature are at work. This sheds light Continue reading More Reasons for Ohio to Focus on Distributed Electricty Generation

Opportunity for Ohio Energy Policy Changes to Help Save RG Steel Warren Mill

It is always a sad day when an industrial liquidator buys a steel mill, but this is an unfortunate circumstance facing the RG Steel Sparrows Point Plant.  It appears that the RG Steel Warren Plant might be revitalized by its Continue reading Opportunity for Ohio Energy Policy Changes to Help Save RG Steel Warren Mill

Energy Resource Land Use Impacts Are Complex Questions

Any discussion of energy resources, including biomass fuels, has to consider land use impacts.  The analysis must  differentiate between impacts via land use changes (conversion of land area), versus those that are totally derived from existing land use patterns and have Continue reading Energy Resource Land Use Impacts Are Complex Questions

Communities Seek Ways to Override State Control of Oil and Gas

At first this Plain Dealer article seems a really ‘bad’ one to post into a blog.  It is, however, like it or not, a good read on the history and real issues facing communities, industry, state and citizens right now.  How some Continue reading Communities Seek Ways to Override State Control of Oil and Gas

Are Proposed Ohio DNR Rules for Drilling Injection Wells Too Weak or Just Missing the Bigger Environmental Policy Issue?

The Columbus Dispatch recently wrote an article focused on criticisms of regulation of fracking wastewater disposal. Environmentalists opposing the new proposed Ohio DNR deep well injection rules for the oil & gas sector is not unexpected.  What is missing is Continue reading Are Proposed Ohio DNR Rules for Drilling Injection Wells Too Weak or Just Missing the Bigger Environmental Policy Issue?

New Report Points to Shale Fracking Wastewater Disposal as Key Water Resource Protection Issue

A new study conducted by Stony Brook University found that the disposal of contaminated wastewater from hydraulic fracturing wells producing natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region presents risks from salts and radioactive materials that are “several orders of magnitude Continue reading New Report Points to Shale Fracking Wastewater Disposal as Key Water Resource Protection Issue

Has Cuyahoga County Waste to Energy Project Evaluated Air Products for Gassification Technology?

Air Products, a company with numerous operations in Ohio that recently had a blast furnace electrical co-generation joint venture with AK Steel in Middletown, Ohio cancelled, is building a 50 MW waste-to-energy (WTE) gassification project in the UK.  Has Cuyahoga Continue reading Has Cuyahoga County Waste to Energy Project Evaluated Air Products for Gassification Technology?