Post Tagged with: "Hydraulic Fracturing"

A drilling rig in Columbiana County
Coal

Coal takes a back seat to cheaper and plentiful natural gas in Ohio

COLUMBUS — “Twenty-five years ago, Ohio was a place where plentiful coal led to low electricity rates, and almost nobody was talking about getting oil or gas from shale. The state’s utility companies were shielded from competition thanks to a price regulation and monopoly service. And all of that was […]

DOE report blames natural gas for closures
Coal / Energy

DOE report blames natural gas for closures

WASHINGTON, DC — “A long-awaited Energy Department staff report on electricity markets and reliability singles out natural gas — not renewables or environmental regulations — as the leading driver of coal plant closures in this decade, challenging the Trump administration’s case for saving coal. ‘The biggest contributor to coal and […]

Ohio energy production: shale oil slides, natural gas rises in fourth quarter
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Ohio energy production: shale oil slides, natural gas rises in fourth quarter

COLUMBUS — “Ohio shale oil production continued its slide in the fourth quarter, while natural gas numbers increased, as energy companies focus their efforts on parts of the state that are rich with gas. The new figures, issued on Monday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, show oil production […]

Renewables: How a data tweak could rock tomorrow’s grid
Renewable Energy

Renewables: How a data tweak could rock tomorrow’s grid

WASHINGTON, DC — “In October, the Department of Energy made a little change to how it values renewable energy on the electric grid. It immediately resolved a tussle between the electric grid and the natural gas grid over efficiency standards, with the electric utilities scoring a strategic win. But that’s […]

Output at Chesapeake Energy’s showcase Ohio fracked well drops 65% in 8 months
Energy

Output at Chesapeake Energy’s showcase Ohio fracked well drops 65% in 8 months

CLEVELAND – In his drive to open Ohio up to Chesapeake Energy and other hydraulic fracturing drillers, Governor John Kasich has spotlighted one Utica shale well in Harrison County, “Buell 8H.”  As recently as April 2, for example, the Columbus Dispatch reported – “Kasich administration officials are pointing to the […]

Kasich promises to uphold renewable energy and efficiency standards, then torpedoes them
Energy

Kasich promises to uphold renewable energy and efficiency standards, then torpedoes them

COLUMBUS – In a press briefing on his forthcoming energy bill yesterday, Ohio Gov. Kasich reassured Ohioans that he supports the State’s current renewable energy and electric efficiency standards. Within a few minutes, however, he announced steps that would torpedo them. Cogeneration, also known as combined heat and power, captures […]

Electric plants shift from coal to natural gas
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Electric plants shift from coal to natural gas

PITTSBURGH — “Nationwide, the electricity generated by gas-fired plants has risen by more than 50 percent over the last decade, while coal-fired generation has declined slightly. The gas plants generated about 600 billion kilowatt hours of electricity in 2000 and 981 billion hours in 2010, according to the U.S. Energy […]

Resources on hydraulic fracturing
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Resources on hydraulic fracturing

  Fracking: Gas Drilling’s Environmental Threat, investigative reports by ProPublica The Gasland documentary: Gasland, a film by Josh Fox The Truth about Gasland, a counter-website from America’s Natural Gas Alliance, “30 of North America’s largest independent natural gas exploration and production companies” Point-counterpoint about Gasland Other resources: A primer on […]