Fossil Fuel Knocks the Wind out of RE Movement in Ohio

The state was recently ranked second to last among U.S. states in its renewable energy generation, with only 2.3 percent of its energy generated through renewable sources, as a result of increasingly restrictive laws on renewables.

December 28, 2019. By News Bureau

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With no shortage of wide-open land, Ohio is ripe for a transition to renewable energy but instead the state has become a hotbed for corporate-driven attacks on wind energy. The state was recently ranked second to last among U.S. states in its renewable energy generation, with only 2.3 percent of its energy generated through renewable sources, as a result of increasingly restrictive laws on renewables.

According to Dave Anderson, policy and communications manager at the Energy and Policy Institute, “Ohio is a hotbed of attacks on renewable energy and has been for quite a few years.” Fossil fuel producers, utilities like FirstEnergy and outside groups like ALEC lobbied to push back against renewables, following a bipartisan clean energy standard passed in the state legislature in 2008,  in the ensuing years, Republicans continually tried to repeal and succeeded in stalling the clean energy mandate, according to Anderson.

Other states in the Midwest have been taking advantage of the wide-open land that Ohio also shares. From a climate and local health standpoint, according to a Harvard study published in October, the Midwest has the most to gain from renewables; and, according to a 2018 study done by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, increasing energy efficiency by 15 percent nationwide would save Ohio $1.6 billion in health impacts in one year.

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