Personal View: Maintaining state's strong energy security is pivotal

February 4, 2018

As we continue to make our way through this winter season, it's worth remembering the steps Ohio has taken toward energy security - and the work that lies ahead.

Families and businesses here pay about 5% less for home electricity than the national average, largely because of the natural gas revolution that has taken hold in our state.

Ohio's production of natural gas increased more than 18-fold between 2011 and 2016, the result of innovations in exploring gas-rich rock formations in the Marcellus and Utica Shale. In fact, if Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania were a separate country, we would be the third-largest producer of natural gas worldwide. This has helped convert our region — and nation - from net importers to exporters of natural gas.

Yet as the cold of winter continues in our state, the demand for more affordable energy will increase for families struggling to make ends meet.

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