CINCINNATI — The Local Energy Aggregation Network (LEAN Energy U.S.), a national organization promoting “community choice” for electricity, has awarded Ohio Citizen Action as “Community Choice Advocate of the Year” in honor of its public aggregation campaign in Cincinnati. Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls presented the award to Ohio Citizen Action Coal Program Organizer Rachael Belz, who led the campaign, at a party in Belz’s honor this weekend.
Ohio Citizen Action was instrumental in passing Ohio’s community choice, or public aggregation law, in 1999. The law allows communities to vote to form a city-wide buying group for electricity. Last fall, Qualls led Cincinnati City Council to put the aggregation measure on the ballot. The measure passed by a vote of 59-41%. In response to the public’s call for the use of cleaner and cheaper energy, Cincinnati became the first big city in the country to choose to purchase 100% renewable energy for its residents.
— Sandy Buchanan, Executive Director, Ohio Citizen Action