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Tell the Ohio Power Siting Board: Consider Climate Change When Making Decisions

Ohio Environmental Council, August 2, 2022

The Ohio Power Siting Board is the gatekeeper for all utility-scale power projects, and it is currently revising the rules governing all of its operations. These rules affect the application process for all electric power sources, like solar and wind farms, as well as coal and natural gas plants. Unfortunately, the proposed rules don’t account for climate change at all. 

We only have a few more years to mitigate the worst impacts of the climate crisis. We must tell the Ohio Power Siting Board to include climate change in its new rules. When it reviews applications for new electric power sources, it must consider the project’s contributions to climate change. 

Comments are due August 5, 2022. Submit your comment today!

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Suggested Language for Comments:

As an Ohio resident, climate change is an issue of utmost importance to me. The most recent science says we only have a few years to transition our electric power sources away from fossil fuels to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. It is in the public interest for the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) to closely consider climate change in all its decisions. As you draft new rules governing your operations and application process, include climate change in your public interest analysis.

Specifically, all applications should be required to develop climate mitigation and adaptation plans, provide information regarding greenhouse gas emissions, and discuss how they factored climate change into their project proposal. In addition, the OPSB should provide more guidance for its public interest analysis under R.C. 4906.10(A)(6) that considers a project’s relationship to climate change.

Ohioans deserve an energy system that works for everyone and ensures a renewable, sustainable world for future generations. The OPSB can no longer ignore the threat climate change poses to the environment and public health of all Ohioans.