Volume 16, Issue 24 | July 29, 2019

Clean Energy Degree Programs Expanding at Universities in Ohio

Rising student interest in the last three years highlights increasing enrollment

Legislators are increasingly pushing us towards a clean energy future by proposing and passing clean energy legislation. This means new clean energy jobs and a need for industry workers with higher education. This growing need is pushing universities to expand their degree programs related to clean energy. Ohio universities are a great example.
The University of Dayton has graduate degrees in renewable and clean energy and a new bachelor’s degree in sustainability. The bachelor's degree program has an enrollment goal of 25 students per year.
There are other Ohio universities that are expanding their clean energy course offerings due to demand as well.  Case Western University’s Think Energy fellowship applications increased 50% from the 2015-16 school year to last school year. The Energy Engineering bachelor’s program at Ohio University experienced over an 800% enrollment increase from 2013-14 to the 2018-19 school year. Ohio State University is looking to establish a training center for students interested in smart grid and sustainability jobs.
In the midwest as well as nationwide, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and digital grid initiatives are rising and causing a demand for more workers with higher education credentials. As of June 21 the clean energy jobs board, Dayaway Careers, top five positions required either an undergraduate or graduate degree.
Kowalski (2019). Ohio Universities Expand Clean Energy Degree Programs Amid Rising Enrollment. Retrieved July 24, 2019 from https://energynews.us/2019/07/02/midwest/ohio-universities-expand-clean-energy-degree-programs-amid-rising-enrollment/ 

Editor's Note

PJM Peak Demand

Weekly review for July 21 - July 27, 2019


On Friday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that working gas in storage as of Friday, July 19, 2019 was 2,569 Bcf.  This is an increase of 36 Bcf from the previous week. Inventories are currently 300 Bcf higher than last year during this same period and 151 Bcf below the 5-year average of 2,720 Bcf.

After experiencing some of the highest temps of the year in recent weeks, the forecast for the next several weeks will fall into a more normal pattern across the PJM region.  As a result of low gas prices and relatively few outages during the recent heatwave, prices may continue to soften as we move through the core summer period.

Both power and gas have decreased this week.  The PJM Western Hub 12 Month curve fell 2.5% and the NYMEX natural gas 12-month curve lost 1.4%.

PJM Peak Demand – Summer 2019 (through 7/19)

Summer 2019 PJM Peak loads through July 19th are posted below for reference.  The highest single hour from July 19th exceeds the highest 2018 peak hour (152,315 Mw vs. 150,454 MW).



This past week's market information is provided as a courtesy to our customers and is not indicative of, nor should be relied upon, as representative of future transactions. 

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