Ohio State Energy in the News

Ohio State welcomes new students, new year, newly renovated Mirror Lake

The Columbus Dispatch

August 22, 2018

Ohio State students started a new school year this week with a newly renovated Mirror Lake.

Construction workers toiled in the sun Tuesday to plant shrubs and wetland plants. Two sat cross-legged in the shallow water, placing the plants one by one. Many students walking by snapped pictures on their cellphones.

Amazon generates huge electric bills—but gets others to pay them

Indianapolis Business Journal

August 21, 2018

... Amazon has also negotiated an unknown rate discount with American Electric Power in Ohio, where it received $77 million in tax incentives for three data centers in 2016. Late last year, Amazon dangled 12 more in exchange for reduced electricity rates, and AEP exempted it from surcharges other Ohioans must pay.

“That’s de facto cost-­shifting,” says Ned Hill, an economist who teaches economic development policy at Ohio State University. “Other businesses and households in Ohio are now bearing all the costs of those riders.”

Featured expert: Ned Hill, professor of public policy and city and regional planning

ALSO: Bloomberg Businessweek, Amazon Isn’t Paying Its Electric Bills. You Might Be

How to Stay Safe When Your City’s Air Quality Is Dangerous


August 21, 2018

Air quality alerts are issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in order to alert people that they’re being exposed to unhealthy levels of air pollution.

Featured expert: Jonathan Parsons, M.D., director of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

EPA moves to dramatically cut regulation of coal power

The Columbus Dispatch

August 21, 2018

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency officials were still reviewing proposed changes to federal clean-energy rules Tuesday afternoon, but environmental groups were quick to say the changes would be bad for the health of Americans.

Featured expert: Aaron Wilson, senior research associate, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

How 'Green' are the E-Scooters?

Columbus Underground

August 20, 2018

It was the Summer of the Scooter, in Columbus and in cities across the nation, as dockless, GPS-tracked electric scooters appeared seemingly overnight. Plenty of opinions continue to fly around about whether the scooters solve any of the problems they’re ostensibly supposed to – traffic congestion, access to transit, the “first mile/last mile” challenge – or whether they create all new ones.

Featured expert: Harvey Miller, Reusche Chair in Geographic Information Science and director, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis

Opinion: How I Learned To Face Food Waste And Plan Smarter

August 17, 2018

In Washington, D.C., Peter Rabbit regularly challenges me to stop wasting food. On a billboard hovering beyond my local grocery store and on posters on bus stop shelters, he casually chomps on a carrot while leaning on big bold letters: "Better Ate Than Never."

Food waste estimates vary, but according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, which runs this national "Save the Food" campaign with the nonprofit Ad Council, up to 40 percent of food in America is lost each year. Producing this food requires up to about one-fifth of U.S. croplands, fertilizers and agricultural water. Once tossed, food becomes the No. 1 contributor, by weight, to U.S. landfills, where it releases methane, a greenhouse gas, while decaying.

Featured expert: Brian Roe, professor of agricultural economics

Teachers schooled in a greenhouse

Daily Record,

August 17, 2018

In April of 2017, Northwestern Local Schools welcomed the public to view its 3,000 square foot greenhouse incorporating a geothermal unit, a biodiesel plant, an aquaponics system, a wind turbine and solar panels to benefit students studying agriculture, environmental sciences, business and other disciplines.

A month later, The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute held a formal dedication ceremony showcasing its cutting-edge Greenhouse Grange, featuring a controls corridor and three connected greenhouses — the hydroponic, propagation and light exclusion houses.

Face-lift complete, Ohio State's Mirror Lake reopens

Business First

August 16, 2018

Mirror Lake, which has been undergoing quite the face-lift in recent months, has now officially opened on Ohio State University's campus.

The fences are down, the Porta Potties and orange cones are gone, and greenery and Adirondack chairs have replaced them.

Extreme weather and climate change


August 15, 2018

Extreme weather is sweeping across the country. The wildfires in California are the most recent examples. The state is in the middle of a record-breaking fire season with three-active blazes.

Along with fires, we are seeing extreme climate in the form of hurricanes and increased temperature. These are symptoms of climate change.

Today on All Sides, we discuss what extreme weather means for the midwest and the rest of the country.

Featured expert: Aaron Wilson, senior research associate, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

Task force to study how to execute Kasich’s order to combat harmful algal blooms

The Columbus Dispatch

August 14, 2018

Featured experts: Elizabeth Dayton, soil scientist, School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Chris Winslow, director, Ohio Sea Grant

Ohio State begins planning $50M energy research lab

Business First

August 14, 2018

Ohio State University has sent out a call to start brainstorming first drafts to design a $50 million research hub called the Energy Advancement and Innovation Center, part of Ohio State's partnership with Engie and Axium Infrastructre.

In 2017, Engie and Axium won a 50-year, $1.165 billion contract to be Ohio State’s energy supplier.

Study: Warmer Soil Releasing More Carbon

Voice of America, August 10, 2018

Featured expert: Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science. director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center

Six New Sustainable Business Practices

IGS Energy Resource Library

August 2018

The importance of sustainability and its impact on business practices has become undeniable. Recently there has been a global shift away from consumer-based economies and cultures to ones that are conserver-based. This shift, it is argued, will create more jobs, wealth and a higher quality of life for ensuing generations than current practices of consuming and degrading resources that are in finite supply.

Featured Author: Neil Drobny, Fisher College of Business

Mirror Lake: Ohio State unveils the revamped campus landmark


August 10, 2018

You can once again walk around Mirror Lake at Ohio State University.

The campus lake and surrounding area have been undergoing reconstruction the last two years. Changes were made following the death of a student who jumped into the lake.

Mirror Lake set to reopen after major renovations

Fox 28

August 6, 2018

One of the iconic landmarks on Ohio State's campus is getting ready to reopen. A two-year renovation is over and later this week, students and staff will be able to once again head down to Mirror Lake.

Warmer soil releasing more carbon, worsening climate change

Associated Press

August 1, 2018

Even the dirt on the ground is making climate change worse, a new study finds...

...If something isn’t done, “we are really in trouble,” said Rattan Lal of Ohio State University, who wasn’t part of the study. He added that proper soil conservation techniques — such as avoiding plowing, off-season cover crop and leaving crop residue on the ground — can help keep more of the carbon in the soil.

Featured expert: Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science. director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center

U.S. says driving would be riskier if fuel standards were tougher

The draft of an administration proposal says that people will drive less if their vehicles get fewer miles per gallon, lowering the risk of crashes.

Associated Press via Newsday

July 31, 2018

The Trump administration says people would drive more and be exposed to increased risk if their cars get better gas mileage, an argument intended to justify freezing Obama-era toughening of fuel standards...

...Giorgio Rizzoni, an engineering professor and director of the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State University, said, "allow me to be skeptical. To say that safety is a direct result of somehow freezing the fuel economy mandate for a few years, I think that's a stretch."

Featured expert: Giorgio Rizzoni, professor of engineering and director, Center for Automotive Research

OSU redesigns lake hoping to end tradition of jumping in before Michigan game

Dayton Daily News

July 31, 2018

After nearly two years of construction, Mirror Lake — a crown jewel of Ohio State’s main campus — is being refilled with water, lined with new landscaping and outfitted with Wi-Fi.

University officials are hopeful that the new design will permanently end the long-standing tradition of jumping in the lake before the Michigan-OSU football game.

Mirror Lake now filled with water, slated for August completion

Business First

July 27, 2018

Ohio State University is nearing its last steps in the restoration of Mirror Lake, a project the school undertook in late 2016.

Now, the lake is filled to the brim with water – but it isn't nearly as deep as before.

Live from the Ohio State Fair: Agriculture and Algal Pollution in Ohio's Lakes

WOSU All Sides

July 26, 2018

For more than a decade, algal blooms have turned many Ohio waterways into thick, green mush, choking fish and turning the water toxic to humans. Runoff from farm fields is the biggest culprit...

...Join us today for a conversation on agricultural and algal pollution in Ohio lakes as we broadcast live from the Ohio State Fair.

Featured expert: panelist Jeffrey Reutter, PhD, former director, Ohio State University Ohio Sea Grant College Program