Dirty energy hurts our health and environment

Our dependence on coal makes Ohio the nation’s fourth-largest emitter of both ozone and global warming pollution, and hurts our health by filling our air with soot and smog and poisoning our waterways with mercury.

It’s time to embrace clean energy

It’s the 21st century. We should be getting more of our energy from clean, renewable sources that don’t pollute our air and water. But politicians in Columbus and Washington, D.C., just don’t get it. Luckily, solar, wind and energy efficiency are local, homegrown solutions to big national problems. That’s why Environment Ohio is calling on mayors and city councils across the state to lead the way to Ohio’s clean energy future.

Polluters stand in the way

Big utilities, like FirstEnergy and American Electric Power (AEP), are fighting to keep us addicted to the dirty, dangerous fuels of the past. In the last two years, AEP spent more than $22.5 million on lobbying, including efforts to block pollution limits on its coal-fired power plants. Further, FirstEnergy has repeatedly failed to meet its commitments to the state’s energy efficiency law.

We can clean up our air and water and reduce our global warming pollution by getting more of our energy from clean, renewable sources such as wind and solar. To make that happen, we need to convince our mayors and city councils to stand up to the utilities and invest in clean, renewable energy.

Together, we can build Ohio’s clean energy future

Supporters like you make it possible for our staff to conduct research, make our case to the media, and persuade elected officials to invest in clean energy. By taking action online, you can tip the balance in favor of clean energy.

Join our campaign and urge your mayor to strengthen their commitment to clean, local energy.

Clean energy updates

News Release | Environment Ohio

New Report Highlights Solar Energy in Columbus and Other Major U.S. Cities

Today, Environment Ohio was joined at the Department of Fleet Management Facility by Fleet Operations Manager Bill Burns, to release a new report, “Shining Cities:  At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution.” The report provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar power in major American cities. 

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Report | Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center

Shining Cities

Solar power is on the rise across the country. The United States has more than 200 times as much solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed today as it did in 2002. With solar module prices coming down, increasing national awareness of solar energy, and a growing legion of solar businesses large and small, solar power is emerging as a mainstream energy solution with widespread benefits for our health, our economy and the environment.

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News Release | Environment Ohio

Ohio Solar Jobs Grew 31% in 2013

Columbus – Ohio has more than 3,800 people employed manufacturing and installing pollution-free solar energy, according to a national Solar Jobs Census released today by The Solar Foundation. According to the analysis, Ohio ranks 8th in nation for solar jobs. 

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News Release | Environment Ohio

Ohio’s Clean Energy Law getting results in the Buckeye State

COLUMBUS – Four years in, Ohio’s Clean Energy Law continues to spur investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, according to Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center’s latest report, Ohio’s Clean Energy Success Story, Year 4. Environment Ohio was joined by several clean energy developers in releasing the report which showcases the law’s benefits in the Buckeye State.

“The Clean Energy Law is getting results for the Buckeye State,” said Christian Adams, Environment Ohio State Associate. “Four years in, Ohio’s Clean Energy Law is reducing pollution, cutting our dependence on coal and gas, creating jobs, and saving Ohioans money.”

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Report | Environment Ohio

Ohio's Clean Energy Success Story, Year 4

Ohio’s Clean Energy Law is working – spurring wind and solar projects across the state and big investments in energy efficiency. The Clean Energy Law – Senate Bill 221 – was passed in 2008 and sets requirements for energy efficiency and renewable energy for each of the state’s four investor-owned utilities (IOUs). Ohioans across the state are benefiting from programs driven by the Clean Energy Law, which are reducing pollution, cutting our dependence on coal and gas, creating jobs, and saving money.

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