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Energy is a cornerstone of economic development in Ohio. Not only has energy contributed extensively to Ohio’s history, but it holds promise to be a next frontier for Ohio’s competitiveness on a national and international scale. Energy policies in Ohio that promote the development of “advanced” energy resources additionally support technological advancement, community and economic development, and industrial competitiveness in Ohio’s future energy economy. The work of the CE3 Energy Team helps businesses, communities, nonprofits and governments understand and capitalize on energy technology and policy opportunities through a diverse portfolio of externally-funded projects.

The CE3 Energy Team is comprised of experts in the scientific, technological, political and development arenas to provide a well-rounded exploration and analysis of the energy issue in question. CE3’s Energy Team also draws upon the knowledge resource of Ohio University’s Center of Excellence in Energy & the Environment, so designated in 2009 by the University System of Ohio. The Center designation acknowledges Ohio University’s nationally-recognized research strengths in the production of regional and advanced energy and fuels; the minimization of pollution due to the production, transport and use of fuels; and the remediation of existing and future pollution from energy and fuel production and use. Whether you are a community looking to install a renewable energy project, a business navigating state and national energy policies, or a local government exploring energy tax credits, our team can assist you each step of the way.

For more information on our extensive energy supply chain projects, register your energy company, and discover the opportunities to creating an in-state network and supply chain, please visit our energy-specific sites developed by CE3:


Point of Contact

Scott Miller
Director, CE3
Ohio University Voinovich School


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Site Repurposing Efforts for the US DOE PORTS Facility

The U.S. Department of Energy former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) near Piketon, Ohio has been an important economic player in the Pike, Scioto, Ross, and Jackson County region for many decades. As the decommissioning and decontamination process continues at the PORTS site, it is expected that this transition period will lead to further changes in the region’s socio-economic profile. The extent to which decision-makers can minimize transitional stress and maximize the economic prospects for the region hinges greatly upon the cleanup and transfer of the PORTS site and site assets for other economic use.

Through a grant from the US DOE Office of Environmental Management Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office, the Voinovich School’s contributions to PORTS site repurposing efforts build upon findings from the School’s PORTSfuture public outreach task completed in 2011. Under the outreach task, Ohio University conducted a 15-month, broad-based, grass-roots, public participation process to identify the community’s future-use preferences for the PORTS campus. Based upon the community preferences, site repurposing activities are focusing on integrating the results of the public preference voting with the overall plan for the future of the site. The Voinovich School is part of a collaborative team engaged in a data-driven process to identify viable industries to target for site reuse and identify marketing tools aimed at potential future users at PORTS. Energy sector opportunities are explored in the white paper, Energy Sector Opportunities for the PORTS Campus (pdf). For more information on the PORTSfuture project site repurposing efforts, please visit: http://www.portsfuture.com/siterepurposing.aspx.

Tags: Energy,Land,Policy

Laboratory for Sustainable Energy and Advanced Materials

The Laboratory for Sustainable Energy and Advanced Materials (SEAM Lab) has demonstrated expertise in the areas of alternative fuels, coal and biomass utilization, hydrogen technology, waste and drinking water treatment processes, polymerization and material compatibilization, supercritical fluid technology, and chemical process engineering and design. The laboratory is engaged in alternative clean liquid fuel synthesis via single stage dimethylether, waterless and sand-free fracking technology, enhanced oil and gas recovery technology, and advanced hydrogen generation using unconventional feedstocks such as crude ethanol beer, crude glycerin, mixed transportation fuels, and more. The laboratory is well equipped with state-of-the-art processing and analytical equipment for energy and environmental research.­ For more details, please visit our website at http://www.ohio.edu/people/lees1/altfuels.html.

Tags: Energy,Shale,Water

Ohio Shale Supply Chain Database

The Ohio Shale Energy Conference in April 2012 informally launched CE3’s business outreach efforts related to shale: the event convened more than 500 attendees interested in exploring opportunities to grow the local supply chain for shale in Ohio. The resulting Ohio Shale Supply Chain Database, funded by the USDA’s Office of Rural Development, has grown to include more than 1300 companies in regional shale supply chain. The database serves as a tool to help buyers and suppliers connect to source their shale development needs locally and, on a larger scale, showcases Ohio’s strengths to support economic development through an important regional strategic resource.

Tags: Energy,Land,Shale