Why Energy Markets are Freaked about Trumps Proposed Bailout

Why Energy Markets are Freaked about Trumps Proposed Bailout

In what few would call a national security issue many are calling the end to wholesale power markets as we know them. In a leaked Dept. of Energy (DOE) memo, it seems the Trump administration is looking to breathe life in the form of bailouts to uneconomic coal and nuclear power plants for…

Can Ohio Lead the Energy Revolution?

Can Ohio Lead the Energy Revolution?

The energy revolution is upon us. Ohio is in a period of unmatched change in the way we produce, use and think about energy. Why now? What does it mean to us? And are we poised to take advantage of this opportunity?   The change in the energy space over the past eight years is frankly mind blowing. The Ohio...

5 Game Changing Ohio Energy Projects

5 Game Changing Ohio Energy Projects

Over the past five years, the Ohio energy environment has been flipped on its head. We have the luxury of some of the lowest energy prices in the world and investors are taking notice. According to JobsOhio, more than $30 billion in NEW investment has come to our state from the energy sector. Here are the top energy projects under development...

The PUCO Money Tree

The PUCO Money Tree

A friend of mine recently said, “People will keep shaking the money tree as long as it is still producing.” This couldn’t be truer when describing the relationship between the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and three of the four Ohio investor-owned utilities.  This month, the PUCO issued two rulings handing out over $1 billion of ratepayer money...

Is It Hot Enough For You? And What Is the Effect On Electricity Prices?

Is It Hot Enough For You? And What Is the Effect On Electricity Prices?

Even though not completely over, the summer of 2016 will be one to remember. Most people would think of the Rio Olympics or the current political circus, but as an energy nerd I will remember the heat. Cooling Degree Days is a measure of the day’s temperature to the energy demand of air conditioning. The higher...

The Low Energy Price Limbo

The Low Energy Price Limbo

It should be no surprise to anyone that energy market prices are low. We see it at the gas pumps, our heating bills and when we shop for electricity. This is fantastic news for consumers but it does make me wonder how long it can last, so I’ll provide my short term and long term views.   Fundamentally, the Ohio energy...

Record Coal Retirements

Record Coal Retirements

2015 will be a historic year for the retirements of coal fired power plants in the United States and more specifically Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Indiana. Of the 13 gigawatts (GW’s) of retirements coming this year 81% is coming from coal-fired generation. This is primarily due to costs related to the Environmental Protection...