Ohio turning to renewable electricity
With electricity rates high, Ohio seems to be trending strongly toward newer renewable forms of energy, according to The Middletown Journal.
Next door to West Virginia, the heartland of American coal, Ohio has long relied on this traditional source of fuel for its electricity, drawing more than 65 percent of its electricity from coal in 2009, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Located well within the coal country of southern Ohio, just outside Cincinnati, the Journal nevertheless notes the growing interest among local businesses and residents in investing in clean energy.
The most notable addition is a commercial-scale wind turbine at the Connector Manufacturing factory in Hamilton, Ohio. Even as producers of turbine parts, Connector Manufacturing acknowledges that many areas of Ohio are not well suited to wind power, but notes that the company has also investigated solar panels, which could prove more practical.
On a larger level, major regional utility company Duke Energy has been slow to adopt renewable electricity inside Ohio, but 27 communities have invested in a new hydroelectric plant near Alexandria, Kentucky.
Both Duke and Lebanon's municipal electricity company, meanwhile, have invested in smart meters designed to improve efficiency and reduce wasted electricity.