Can OSU’s carbon-capture technology help coal compete with renewables?

Coal-direct chemical looping (CDCL), a “promising technology under development at The Ohio State University,” can convert fossil fuels, including coal, into electricity without creating carbon dioxide pollution, Energy News Network reports. David Kraft, a fellow with power company Babcock & Wilcox, which is partnering with the university, said CDCL “has potential to transform the power and petrochemical industries,” according to the article. The technology involves metal oxide particles passing through high-pressure reactors to burn coal, biomass, or shale gas without the presence of oxygen. The CO2 is captured and can be used “for nanofibers or chemicals such as acetic acid or methanol.” Another outcome, synthesis gas, is “the technology’s likeliest near-term application, as it’s used as fuel in electricity-generating internal combustion engines” and the falling costs of renewable power generation make the economic viability of “clean coal” unclear. For more, read the full article

Biomass, Environmental, Shale

Bricker wins ILTA “Innovative Project of the Year” for pipeline project involvement

Bricker & Eckler shone at the 2017 International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) national conference, winning the top prize in one category of the Distinguished Peer Awards, “Innovative Project of the Year – External/Client-Facing Category,” for the firm’s development of a unique technology solution on behalf of an energy client. Read more >>

Miscellaneous, Shale

OMA Energy Guide details five game-changing Ohio energy projects

The Ohio Manufacturers' Association recently released a report on what it considers to be the top five energy projects currently under development in Ohio, including a look at how each project impacts Ohio energy consumers' bottom lines. These projects represent more than $30 billion in investment over the past five years, and have afforded Ohio residents lower energy prices.

Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Shale, Sustainability, Wind

POWER-GEN conference emphasizes Marcellus and Utica shale plays in growing demand for gas-fired power

POWER-GEN and the Oil & Gas Journal have selected Columbus, Ohio, as the location of the first annual POWER-GEN Natural Gas conference, citing “the region’s potential impact on the energy market regionally, nationally and globally.” The conference will feature top experts in the energy industry, including President and CEO of PJM Interconnection Terry Boston and Executive Vice President of Generation AEP Mark McCullough.

Presenters will discuss issues surrounding technology, operation, construction and maintenance of gas-fired power and production from unconventional hydrocarbon resources, such as those in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions. The program provides a unique opportunity to hear directly from energy professionals with environmental, technical, social and regulatory perspectives. 

Bricker & Eckler LLP is a conference sponsor. For more information or to register for this event, click here


Energy Efficiency, Miscellaneous, Shale

Industry’s shift away from coal will be big issue for new PJM President Andy Ott

Andy Ott will see many changes as he replaces Terry Boston as president of PJM Interconnection, the regional grid operator for 13 states including Ohio, reports Columbus Business First. Ott said the industry is in transition away from coal “to natural gas and other forms of power,” saying, “[w]e’re seeing a tremendous amount of coal resources retiring.” As shale gas becomes more abundant and affordable, American Electric Power (AEP) “increased its year-over-year natural gas use by a whopping 68.2 percent last quarter,” while coal use declined by 15 percent. Other major issues Ott will face are “the rise of distributed energy” including wind turbines and solar panels, as well as the challenges of using and storing gas and how it differs from coal. For more, read the full article

Renewable Energy, Shale, Transmission