Commentary / Renewable Energy

Commentary: Ohio lawmakers should follow the lead of the business community and support clean energy

The Blue Creek Township wind farm.

COLUMBUS — “As the Ohio Senate considers House Bill 114, a proposal that would dismantle the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards, lawmakers should consider the significant opportunities for clean energy investment in the Buckeye State.

In September, General Motors announced it would power its Ohio manufacturing plants in Toledo, Parma, Lordstown, and Defiance entirely with wind energy in 2018. In August, Facebook announced its new $750 million data center in New Albany will also be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. These new clean energy investments are just the beginning of what is possible in Ohio.

Ohio’s corporate clean energy investments are made possible in part because of renewable energy and energy efficiency standards. These clean energy standards were reinstated in January 2017, with the support of Ohio businesses and employers. However, they are once again under threat with House Bill 114, a bill that would weaken the state’s standards and create prolonged uncertainty for businesses.”

— Sarah Tyler, for Columbus Business First

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