95 percent of ancient Ohio was forested. But centuries ago there were also small regions of prairie. Tall grasses and wildflowers were part of the prairie ecology and so were bison. Researchers near Columbus are trying to reestablish a prairie / bison ecosystem.
American Electric Power is now offering “time-of-day” rates to its customers with so-called smart meters that measure real time electric usage.
American Electric Power has installed more than 100,000 so called “Smart Meters” in Ohio. But, plans to install the new meters in Westerville have been put on hold.
In an effort to reduce energy costs and curb consumer usage, scientists are developing something called “smart grid” and “smart meter” technologies. Some Central Ohio homeowners already have smart meters. WOSU reports the goal is a smart meter for every home within five years.
The U.S. Secretary of Energy has announced the awarding of $75 million in federal stimulus money to American Electric Power’s Ohio subsidiary. Steven Chu says the money is part of the Obama administration’s efforts to update the country’s power grid.
A team of Ohio State University researchers is part of a consortium of universities developing large-scale applications for a material called “smart dust”. The potential applications for smart dust technology are numerous; researchers have suggested that it can be used to monitor changes in light, temperature, and humidity, to track pollutants, pesticides and gas leaks, and to detect nerve agents and other biological weapons.