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

Ohio Solar Businesses Ready to Roll with Clean Power

COLUMBUS, OH – 18 Ohio solar businesses issued a letter to the White House today, endorsing limits on carbon pollution from power plants and advocating that solar energy become a focal point of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

“As solar power installers, manufacturers, designers, aggregators, product suppliers, and consultants, we welcome the EPA’s unveiling of the Clean Power Plan,” reads the letter, organized by the advocacy group Environment Ohio. “This plan is a critical step toward transforming our energy system to one that protects our health and environment, and that of our children.”

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Report | Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center

Driving Cleaner

More than 220,00 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are on America’s roads today, delivering real benefits for our health and our environment, according to a new report released today by Environment Ohio. In just the last two years, annual sales of electric vehicles have increased by 500 percent.

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News Release | Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center

Driving Cleaner

More than 220,00 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are on America’s roads today, delivering real benefits for our health and our environment, according to a new report released today by Environment Ohio. In just the last two years, annual sales of electric vehicles have increased by 500 percent.

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News Release | Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center

New Report: Ohio's Solar Capacity Growing, but State Still Not Solar Leader

COLUMBUS, OH – Today, Environment Ohio Research & Policy Center released a new report titled Lighting the Way. The report details strong solar energy growth across the nation including a 23% increase in Ohio in 2013. The report emphasizes that it is not availability of sunlight that makes states solar leaders, but the degree to which state and local governments have created effective public policy to help capture the virtually unlimited and pollution-free energy from the sun.

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Report | Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center

Lighting the Way

Solar energy is on the rise. Over the course of the last decade, the amount of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the United States has increased more than 120-fold, from 97 megawatts in 2003 to more than 12,000 megawatts at the end of 2013. In the first quarter of 2014, solar energy accounted for 74 percent of all the new electric generation capacity installed in the United States.

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