Ohio

   Ohio  

Population: 11.5 million

Energy Production

·         1,066.2 Trillion Btu total energy production

·         4,853 Thousand Barrels of crude oil

·         78,122 Million cubic feet of natural gas

·         28,175 Thousand short tons of coal

·         10,983 Thousand MWh electricity produced (January 2012)

Energy Consumption

·         3,828 Trillion Btu total energy consumption

·         219. 3 Million barrels of petroleum

o   117.5 Million barrels of gasoline

·         820,485 Million cubic feet of natural gas

·         58,537 Short tons of coal

State Government Profile

 

Governor: John Kasich (R): first term; first elected in 2010; Governor is limited to 2 terms

 

Legislature:

Speaker of the House: William Batchelder (R)

President of the Senate: Keith Faber (R)

 

Bicameral body: Both chambers are Republican controlled

99 House Members: 60 Republicans, 39 Democrats

33 Senate Members: 23 Republicans, 10 Democrat

Energy Issues

Much of the attention when it comes to Ohio and energy centers on the development of shale gas and oil in Eastern Ohio. The Kasich Administration has developed a ten point energy plan geared toward creating an economic recovery for Ohio that can jolt the state out of a long term, slow decline that started in 1970. In addition, fracking issues continue to take center stage in the state legislature and introduced some of the toughest fracking legislation in the country. The Republican-led Ohio legislature approved a bill setting rules for drilling and related activities in the state’s shale gas industry, responding to a series of small earthquakes in Ohio last year that many believe was a result of fracking. The bill also requires water sampling within 1,500 feet of proposed water wells. It mandates that oil and gas wells be tracked between the time they are drilled and the time they are capped. It requires that waste fluids from other states be disclosed before they can be injected into wells in Ohio. Such efforts are redundant as FracFocus.org, a website formed by industry, allows users to gather well-specific data on thousands of drilling sites. In another energy area, electric competition has been a big focus of the legislature and how it should help shape the marketplace. Many of these “market” battles are taking place between incumbent electric companies and out of state electric marketers. Major issues between these two important players include what capacity charge should incumbent’s be able to charge marketers, who will have direct access to customers through a billing system, how will a default service provider system operate and who will have access to the all important customer data.

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