Ohio’s alternative energy mandate has been placed back on the table for possible termination, while its defenders question how anyone could ignore the benefits this legislation has provided Ohio in job creation, energy security and cost savings.
**Originally published in The National Journal's Energy Expert Blog
By ACORE CEO and President, Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn
With the election behind us, let’s hope this is the end to an ugly era of polarization in American politics. Over the past few years, Americans have listened to political bickering across almost every spectrum of policy on the state and national level. Despite many differences between our two parties, bipartisan support for renewable energy is growing and policymakers should take note. Many different points of view are constantly being expressed on which programs and policies work best, but politicians should understand that Americans expect our government to bring more renewable energy to scale. If Congress extends the Production Tax Credit, one of the most notable renewable energy tax credits by the end of the year, this will be a valuable indication that Washington has the ability to work together to achieve bipartisan policies for the good of the nation.
October 7 -- Two years ago, 152 massive windmills at the Blue Creek Wind Farm started spinning, adding $5 million a year into our regional economy through landowner lease payments and local property taxes. The wind farm instantly solidified the agricultural and wind energy partnership in Van Wert County, allowing our farmers to harvest a new crop of electricity from the wind that seems to blow over their fields nearly endlessly. >>View Article
September 26 -- Former state legislator Louis Blessing Jr. is scratching his head over his old colleague Bill Seitz’s plan to rework Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards. >>View Article
September 6 -- Five years after Ohio’s renewable energy standard took effect – and a few months before it will be challenged again in the state legislature – an economist with the state’s utility regulator tried to assess how the law was working out. >>View Article
June 27 -- Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers have concluded that Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania are the best U.S. sites for solar and wind power plants in terms of their ability to provide health benefits to people in the area. Wind and solar achieve greater health and climate benefits in these regions than in traditional solar powerhouses in the Southwest and California because, in those locations, they replace electricity generated by coal plants, the researchers report. >>View Article
May 21 -- The “green” energy provisions of a 2008 state energy law have saved consumers $170 million, according to Ohio State University findings that run counter to the argument that the law’s requirements have contributed to an increase in bills. View Article >>
April 16 -- In 2008, Ohio committed to generating more than 12 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. At the same time, the state set a goal of improving energy efficiency by 22 percent by 2025. Energy efficiency keeps Ohio industries competitive, which is why Gov. John Kasich expanded efficiency programs further last year. >>View Article
March 21 -- Experts at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) are urging Ohio state senators to remember the many benefits of the state’s clean energy standards, warning that reliance on biased information from outside groups aimed at ending the standards could harm their state in the long run. >>View Article
March 5 -- Ohio has been on a positive renewable energy track since alternative energy standards were put into place in 2008 and recent voter polling shows that many Ohio residents support clean energy policy and investment in the state. >>View Article