Almost $14 Billion in Ready Investment to Fuel Post-COVID Economic Recovery at Risk, Report Finds

Delays, obstruction or cancellation of pipeline infrastructure projects are threatening at least $13.6 billion in economic activity, over 66,000 jobs and more than $280 million a year in state and local tax revenue at a time when America’s financial recovery from COVID-19 requires more investment and tax revenue, a new Consumer Energy Alliance report finds.

The report, How Pipelines Can Spur Immediate Post-COVID Economic Recovery,” for the first time quantifies the potential and actual economic harm that anti-energy interest groups and allied policymakers, regulators and even judges are creating, and contrasts that with the harsh COVID-related economic realities that exist right now in states where energy infrastructure is needed – but is being impeded.

The findings of the report, which examines a representative sample of states, demonstrates how new energy infrastructure construction activity could provide relief for struggling families and small businesses, put thousands back to work at wages

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Local fuel cell company to expand with 25 jobs

A West Carrollton company said it will expand and hire up to 25 people thanks to a tax credit approved Monday by the Ohio Tax Credit Authority.



a close up of a computer: Plug Power, a hydrogen-fuel cell energy solutions provider, opened a new location in West Carrollton in 2016. FILE


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Plug Power, a hydrogen-fuel cell energy solutions provider, opened a new location in West Carrollton in 2016. FILE

The authority approved a 1.438 percent, 7-year tax credit to Plug Power Inc. — a Latham, NY fuel cell manufacturer which has had a local presence since 2016 — for the creation of $1.5 million in new annual payroll as a result of a possible expansion in West Carrollton.

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As part of the tax credit agreement, Ohio requires the company to maintain operations in the Dayton area for at least 10 years.

Ohio is competing with New York for the proposed project. A message seeking comment was sent

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