Ohio Environmental Council, April 19, 2013
In May 2008, Ohio enacted landmark clean energy legislation (SB 221) that created a state plan for renewable energy and energy efficiency.
This legislation requires electric utilities to generate 12.5% of electricity sales from renewable energy sources and enact efficiency programs to reduce energy consumption by 22% by 2025.
Additionally, the law has a pro-consumer cap to protect ratepayers and ensure the benefits of the program outweigh the costs.
Under this law, Ohio has begun to balance its energy portfolio to include renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass and hydropower – sources that have zero fuel costs, which help stop rate spikes.
And as a result, we’ve seen thousands of projects happen across the state and thousands of jobs.
With the clean energy law in place, Ohio will continue see jobs created, a reinvigorated manufacturing sector, less pollution, a diverse energy portfolio and smaller utility bills.
Blue Creek Wind Farm (Paulding & Van Wert County)
American Electric Power