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Michigan Beating Ohio in the Race to A Clean Energy Economy

Trish Demeter, Chief of Staff, November 21, 2016

I am not sure what is worse: Michigan beating us in anything, or specifically losing to that state up north when it comes to clean energy standards.

Last Thursday, the Michigan Senate approved a plan to set even higher goals for renewable energy because the state has already met their 10% by 2015 renewable energy standard. The highlights include capping energy choice by 10% and implementing a competitive 15% renewable energy requirement by 2021. Additionally, Michigan has a goal to get renewable energy to 35% by 2025.

So where does this leave Ohio? In the dust. Here at home we face some of the dirtiest energy policies money can buy. Electric utilities like FirstEnergy are giving big in Ohio to secure their business interests at the expense of clean air and higher electric bills.

Ohio is about to decide the future of clean energy in our state. We can reap the benefits or get left behind. And with your support, we can be competitive with Michigan, increasing our renewable energy efforts and putting an end to dirty energy policies. Let’s face it, no one wants to lose to Michigan, so please, tell Ohio’s leaders you want strong clean energy standards…and keep the rivalry alive with that state up north, making a greener future for everyone.