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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Will Renewable Energy Soon Gain Traction in Ohio?

From Crain's Cleveland Business:
Renewable energy backers are hoping their voices will be heard when the debate over Ohio’s future energy policy heats up. 
That will likely begin next week, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency releases its Clean Power Plan, which will tell Ohio how much it needs to cut its carbon dioxide emissions. 
That will be followed in August or early September by two reports done in-state. One is coming from the Ohio Legislature’s Energy Mandate Study Committee that is considering whether the state should resume, abandon or alter its energy efficiency and renewable energy standards, after freezing them in 2014. 
Another will come from Ohio’s Energy Future, a group of clean-energy advocates that has been touring the state in recent months, working to get citizens and policymakers to advocate for state support of wind, solar and other forms of renewable power. 
While OEF is concerned about the environment, its arguments are more economic. It contends that Ohio and its businesses are already missing out on economic opportunities because the state has been inconsistent and often less than supportive of renewable energy. In Cleveland, the group’s backers include manufacturers and their advocates.
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