Ohio Energy Picture Looking Good

By
Michael Locklear

Dateline
Updated Thu, Apr 5, 2012 7:59 am

Energy-wise, Ohio's future is "very secure" according to Scott Miller, director of Energy and Environmental Programs at Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. 

"We have a lot to be thankful for in this state; we're very abundant and very blessed with a lot of those resources, so we're pretty good in Ohio," said Miller.
 
The University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio's annual energy conference wrapped up earlier this week. Leaders gathered to discuss the role of energy in the state's economy.
 
Securing Ohio's Energy and Economic Future was the title of the conference.  Miller says sessions focused on biofuels, wind energy, solar power and shale gas. 
 
Miller says the state is not quite sitting pretty, though, there's still work to be done.
 
"We want to make sure that we diversify our energy portfolio as much as we possibly can," said Miller. "That means getting more solar, more wind as well as fossil fuels so as long as we do that and we have a nice foundation to build upon, then our economic prosperity will be laid out well for us in the future."
 
Miller says Ohio is a "huge energy-consuming state," with many manufacturing, residential, and commercial needs for power.
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