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The past decade has seen substantial change in the U.S. natural gas and oil industry. Since 2000, rapid growth in the production of natural gas, oil and liquids from shale formations in North America has dramatically altered the national and global energy market landscape. Shale energy is providing national economic and security benefits as the U.S. has raced to become the second largest global energy supplier, with the U.S. is expected to emerge as the largest producer of oil and gas this year surpassing Russia and Saudi Arabia. Shale gas will continue to magnify the importance of geography in the U.S. and global markets and relationships. Click here to read the white paper.
Wind energy in the U.S. represents an energy, economic and environmental miracle of development over the past decade. In the face of an entrenched national framework to preserve a dominant fossil energy industry, total wind energy capacity continues to grow. Yet these shifts in the way that energy and power demand is planned for and regulated must also consider the cost competitiveness of renewables when compared to the full externalities of fossil fuels. A more sustained—stable yet dynamic—public policy framework that focuses on incentives, rules and efficient access to capital in the coming decade will create an environment for wind and other forms of renewable energy to succeed. Click here to read the white paper.
Energy efficiency must play a bigger role in the near future to mitigate the tens of trillions of dollars that will be required to 1) reduce CO2 and other air emissions; 2) build new generation to meet skyrocketing demand; and, 3) minimize other air and water resource challenges while at the same time addressing quality of life, economic growth and public health. Energy efficiency provides electricity and service at a lesser cost, and is more timely, more responsive and more reliable. Every company and household can and should participate in energy efficiency initiatives in Ohio to help their own bottom line and the State's energy future. Click here to read the white paper.