A series of six small hydroelectric projects along the Muskingum River in southeastern Ohio point to hydropower’s potential as a robust, if underused, energy source for the state, supporters say.
Since 2011, shale gas drilling has been a way of life for some eastern Ohio communities, with residents acutely aware of both the benefits and drawbacks. But as production declines, are those perceptions changing?
As Ohio works more closely with other states to develop its natural gas industry, a multi-state collaborative is monitoring development and seeking to “navigate the middle ground” between the industry and its opponents.
Ohio lawmakers are not ready to raise the state’s severance tax on hydraulic fracturing, but that won’t stop a grassroots effort pushing a rate hike that would put the state on par with other fracking regions.
As FirstEnergy awaits a decision on its proposed electric security plan after a similar proposal was rejected by regulators last month, broader themes about Ohio’s energy future are emerging in the debate.