Discussions on how to improve reliability and lower costs in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula may be overlooking some key opportunities, according to experts following the issue closely.
Consumer advocates in Michigan say a proposed $2 billion natural gas pipeline would be a bad deal for ratepayers and potentially violate a state code involving business between a utility’s regulated and unregulated affiliates.
Researchers say coal beds, not fracking, are most likely to blame for methane found in water wells in an Ohio county — but that doesn’t mean fracked wells won’t cause contamination in the future.
As Ohio works more closely with other states to develop its natural gas industry, a multi-state collaborative is monitoring development and seeking to “navigate the middle ground” between the industry and its opponents.
As a utility in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula plans for future generation to replace aging coal infrastructure, some critics say the process is moving too fast.
Ohio lawmakers are not ready to raise the state’s severance tax on hydraulic fracturing, but that won’t stop a grassroots effort pushing a rate hike that would put the state on par with other fracking regions.
Polling shows a majority of North Dakotans support tougher restrictions on the flaring of natural gas in Bakken oil fields, but so far legislative efforts to do so have failed to gain traction.
The transition from burning coal for power to natural gas in Holland, Michigan is reducing carbon emissions and providing an added benefit: expansion of the city’s snowmelt system that keeps downtown streets, sidewalks and parking lots clear in winter.
Fuel cell technology in Ohio is already moving from research and development into commercialization, according to industry experts at the 2015 Ohio Fuel Cell Symposium. Moreover, that growth is taking place despite recent setbacks in state policy.
Even in a water-rich state like Ohio, growing water use for fracking could strain water reserves, according to new research from the FracTracker Alliance.