Ashley Ahearn, KUOW 94.9 Nov 20, 2015
Courtesy of Tom Hodson, WOUB Nov 19, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) near Piketon, Ohio has been an important regional economic player for decades. 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. Based upon 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 for regional economic development are explored in a white paper authored by Michael Zimmer, Energy Executive-in-Residence. Click here to read the white paper.
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.