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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ohio Seeing Power Plant Building Boom

From The Columbus Dispatch:
A power-plant building boom has hit Ohio, the first since shale natural gas changed just about everything in the state's energy landscape. 
Six plants are under construction or in the planning stages across the state, including one near Circleville. The projects show how shale gas is transforming the electricity market in a state long associated with coal and coal-fired electricity. 
"Don't be surprised if the future of power generation is natural gas, along with wind and solar," said Don Mason, a Zanesville lawyer who specializes in energy issues and a former member of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. "There is an abundance of natural gas that will provide the price to beat." 
It is no accident that he left coal off his list. Coal-fired power plants are closing because of a combination of old age and the high costs of complying with clean-air rules. Gas plants also emit pollutants, but at much lower levels than coal plants.
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