ENERGY GUEST COLUMN -- ANDREW THOMAS
Professor Jeffrey C. Dick, geology department chair at Youngstown State, recently looked at drilled acreage to date as part of an analysis he did of production depletion rates in the Utica. Early returns suggest that the Utica is behaving much like other shale formations, such as the Marcellus.
November 14, 2014
Ohio might have an image as a land of shuttered factories and out-of-work manufacturing workers, but we still have an opportunity to turn that around. Our industrial base might be just the tool we need to do it.
November 7, 2014
Drillers in some other shale plays might be affected but in Ohio, where it's all about natural gas, falling oil prices are not likely to have a big impact.
October 31, 2014
FirstEnergy and other utilities have fought tooth and nail to keep Ohio from adopting energy efficiency standards. But their efforts might only curtail future increases in demand for power.
October 23, 2014
The Akron-based company is working to comply with a law requiring that the state's utilities eventually derive 25% of their power from renewable sources, or by purchasing offsetting credits. The costs of the credits are passed directly through to the state's electricity consumers.
October 21, 2014
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. This is the second wind farm investment for Starwood Energy Group this year.
October 17, 2014
What's good for the utility might not be good for the rest of us, as a new report paints the company as 'a struggling, inefficient monopolist that is not generating sufficient revenue to cover its expenses.'
October 15, 2014
The Mentor-based company is selling Energy West Wyoming Inc. and its pipeline assets to Black Hills Corp. for $17 million.
October 10, 2014
Gates Mills and other local governments are hoping to control drilling within their boundaries, but their case might be a shaky one.
October 3, 2014
After first promoting energy deregulation, Akron-based FirstEnergy now wants all ratepayers to subsidize its noncompetitive generation.
October 1, 2014
The Akron-based electric utility said that scams involving callers asking for utility bill payment via Green Dot debit cards have been reported by customers in all of its service areas, which stretch from Ohio to New Jersey.
September 30, 2014
Aiman Abdrabou, who is global manager of energy and greenhouse gas for the Akron-based tiremaker, received the award on Oct. 1 in Washington, D.C., at the AEE World Energy Engineering Congress.
September 28, 2014
It's not unusual for a pipeline to go around major impediments like large bodies of water, geologic formations, cities and other features that would make construction costly or time consuming. Some residents in Medina County hope they can build a mountain of opposition that will have the same effect.
September 19, 2014
In the very competitive world of selling industrial electric power, Northeast Ohio's largest utility has made some key mistakes.
September 19, 2014
There may be scientific consensus on how and why the planet is warming, but there is nothing close to agreement on the issue among the general population. So it will be difficult if not imprudent to take an extreme approach to solving the problem.
September 5, 2014
As the energy industry establishes its strategies in addressing the challenges to their corporate model, so too must energy consumers.
August 31, 2014
if you're aware that 'natural gas liquids' are among the most valuable commodities being brought up from Ohio's Utica shale, and you wonder how that will impact Ohio's manufacturing sector, you might want to watch out for the upcoming 'NGL Gold Rush' summit, slated for Sept. 9-11 in Cleveland.
August 31, 2014
While a lot of Ohioans were waiting for drilling to take off in the Utica shale, Beachwood resident Michael Friedman already was cashing in on the new boom in high-volume, slick-water, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as it's commonly known.
August 29, 2014
Wind and solar are nice, not to mention clean, but we also need energy when the sun is down and the wind's not blowing. It will take a savvy public to demand a thoughtful approach to new electric generation.
August 27, 2014
Plus, we want to hear your plans for Manufacturing Day.
August 22, 2014
Over the years, lawmakers in Columbus have seemingly done all that they could to keep control over oil and gas drilling in the hands of the state -- and out of the reach of local cities, counties and townships.
August 18, 2014
In a substantial downscaling of its retail operations, the unit of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. won't bid for new contracts or renew existing ones with municipalities outside its home base of Ohio.
August 15, 2014
Finally, we have five quarters of data with which to do comparisons and analysis. A geologist offers his take on the Utica's production so far.
August 8, 2014
Ohio wants to be vertically integrated when it comes to the gas-to-plastics production chain, but for that to happen the state's drillers might have to commit to long-term supply contracts.
August 1, 2014
Even Ohio, which will grow slower than the nation in terms of its population, will have to find a lot more energy in the future.