Gulfport Energy to voluntarily curtail Utica Shale production into early 2016
Gulfport Energy Corp., one of the major drillers in Ohio’s Utica Shale, is voluntarily cutting back on production.
The company intends to scale back production in eastern Ohio by 100 million cubic feet per day or about 15 percent.
The changes began Sunday and will likely continue into early 2016, company officials announced Thursday.
The cutback was triggered by continuing low commodity prices and the company’s recent drilling success, CEO Michael C....
Earthworks films Ohio drilling emissions with infrared camera
BARNESVILLE: Peter Dronkers of Earthworks makes invisible air pollution from shale drilling visible to everyone.
The viewfinder of Dronkers’ special infrared gas-recording camera shows billowing clouds or wispy leaks.
What appears in the videos as wind-blown plumes of smoke are really pollutants that are invisible to the naked eye.
Earthworks, a national environmental group based in Washington, D.C., quietly came into Ohio during the summer with its...
First turbine becomes operational at Hettinger (North Dakota) wind farm
HETTINGER — The first of 43 turbines at Allete Clean Energy’s 10,000-acre Thunder Spirit wind farm in Adams County has begun generating renewable energy.
The first turbine went online late last month and was followed quickly by four more.
Allete Clean Energy, a subsidiary of Allete Inc., is building the 107-Megawatt wind farm, which is expected to be completed in December.
Construction began earlier this year, with Wanzek Construction...
Amazon to build wind farm in NW Ohio
Power will help meet the needs of data-centers planned for central Ohio
Amazon is making another big investment in Ohio.
A day after officially releasing its plan to build two massive distribution centers in central Ohio that will employ 2,000, the Internet giant said on Thursday that it will develop a wind farm in Paulding County in northwestern Ohio that is to begin generating electricity in May 2017.
The wind farm will supply power to Amazon’s...
SPECIAL REPORT: Is electric deregulation working for you?
Fifteen years after Ohio deregulated the electrical utility industry, the benefits are hard to find.
Deregulation. Consumer choice. Restructuring. No matter what you call it, the 4.8 million customers of Ohio’s largest electric utilities have been free to pick their power supplier since 2001.
On the state’s Energy Choice Ohio website, consumers can compare suppliers on price, generation source and length of contract. Or they can stay with the rate...
Paris climate deal to ignite a $90 trillion energy revolution
The old fossil order is on borrowed time as China and even India join the drive for dramatic cuts in CO2 emissions
The fossil fuel industry has taken a very cavalier bet that China, India and the developing world will continue to block any serious effort to curb greenhouse emissions, and that there is, in any case, no viable alternative to oil, gas or coal for decades to come.
Both assumptions were still credible six years ago when the Copenhagen climate...
Homage to Old King Coal
The Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan is a sensible, doable, legally sound proposal to reduce dangerous carbon emissions from power plants and to promote renewable energy and greater energy efficiency. The federal rule will prove especially useful to Ohio, the fifth-worst carbon polluter among the states.
So of course, the Republican-majority U.S. Senate — including Ohio Sen. Rob Portman — voted this week to block the plan; similar legislation...
Monarch Butterfly Populations Are Rising Again After Years In Decline
New reports indicate that Monarch Butterfly populations are actually beginning to grow again.
This year, we have published several stories about the dwindling monarch butterfly populations and some of the efforts that have been made to save the species. New reports last week have indicated that these efforts may actually be paying off, because Monarch populations are actually beginning to grow again. In Mexico, one of the main breeding areas for these...
Local (Athens County) solar farm proposals to be sought
The possibility of a solar energy facility being built in Athens County took a step forward Tuesday with the county commissioners authorizing Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council to issue a request for proposals.
Athens City Council recently gave the same authorization.
Roger Wilkens, executive director of SOPEC, said separate requests for proposals will be issued — one for the city and one for the county — asking energy suppliers to quote prices for...
New solar panel product to reduce costs up to 10%
A new solar panel product that will reduce costs by as much as 10% is expected to go into production by the end of the year under an agreement reached with the world’s largest renewable energy company.
SunEdison Inc., which operates its solar headquarters in Belmont, Calif., plans to begin production of a component that will increase the efficiency of solar panels by the end of the year. The solar panel module is expected to reduce total residential...