Cincinnati Electric and Gas Aggregation / Energy

Packed crowd wants 100% renewable power in Cincinnati’s aggregation contracts

Some of the people who spoke at last night’s Cincinnati aggregation hearing posed on the steps of city hall. In attendance were members of Leaders for Environmental Awareness and Protection (LEAP) from the University of Cincinnati, Occupy Cincinnati, Greenpeace, Ohio Citizen Action, Ecovillage, Sierra Club and many others. Photo: Joe Smyth, Greenpeace

CINCINNATI — On Election Day last November, Cincinnati voters overwhelmingly approved Issues 44 and 45, authorizing the city to negotiate group buying rates for electricity and natural gas — and provide savings to residents and small businesses. The process requires the city to hold two public hearings on the plan.

Last night was the first of two public hearings on aggregation in Cincinnati. There were 67 people in the audience, and 30 people gave testimony.  Those who testified were overwhelmingly supportive of 100% renewable energy being a top priority for Cincinnati’s electric contract. Others also spoke out against natural gas that has been extracted by the method of hydrofracking.

The second public hearing will be held Monday, February 6 at 1 p.m. in Council Chambers at Cincinnati City Hall. I encourage everyone to come and speak out for cleaner and cheaper energy in Ohio on Monday.

Rachael Belz, Coal program organizer, Ohio Citizen Action