Now, under the Biden Administration's leadership, we are making historic investments in our clean energy infrastructure through the American Jobs Plan. I have full confidence that Ohio is going to be a key piece in that puzzle.
Ohio is the nation’s the fourth-largest electricity consumer. It ranks among the top 10 states in electricity generation. Natural gas has fueled the largest share of Ohio's in-state net generation since surpassing coal as the state’s largest power source in 2019. While wind and solar have grown significantly in recent years, the state’s renewable portfolio standard has been suspended and a new law empowers county government to reject, ban or restrict wind and solar projects in their localities. Ohio is part of the PJM Interconnection, which is taking steps to recognize the reliability benefits that storage projects can provide to a grid powered with renewable energy.
150 MW of solar farms are currently operating in Ohio, according to the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB).
An additional 2,924 MW of solar have been approved for construction.
Another 4,405 MW of solar power have been proposed for development.
Ohio has more than 1,000 MW of installed wind generating capacity in operation, the OPSB reports.
Another 728 MW of wind generating capacity has been proposed.
The US EIA reports that large-scale battery installation in Ohio totaled 33 MW of power capacity.
Generation-1 resource estimate
PJM Interconnection peak system load (including most of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and parts of Kentucky)
Under development in Appalachian Ohio
The Need for Storage
Ohio’s long-standing reliance on electricity powered by fossil fuels provides significant growth opportunities for alternative, carbon-free resources. Substantial development of solar photovoltaics and wind turbines is expected in Ohio. But those variable energy resources can only generate power when the wind blows and the sun shines. As a result, energy storage is needed to make their power available whenever it is needed. Long-duration energy storage is key to sustaining Ohio’s electric system reliability.
Quidnet is using fossil fuel industry expertise and experience to make long-duration energy storage a reality in Ohio and other parts of the nation. We are developing and deploying energy storage using the science of geomechanics and time-tested pumped-storage hydropower technology. Our system is modular, scalable, and terrain-independent, offering structural cost advantages, with lower per-megawatt installed costs than gas peaking plants and alternative storage systems. We’re reliable and ready, with equipment provided and serviced by mature suppliers from well-established industries.