Ohio has a rich history of innovation and manufacturing – a history that is interwoven with traditional resources like coal and natural gas. Though these sources of energy have helped to build a strong economy in Ohio in the past, too much of today’s economy – and military operations – depend on a single-source commodity: oil.
To protect our economic and national security, America must diversify and look to clean, homegrown alternatives like wind and solar.
The Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and the Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) create an opportunity for the Buckeye state to again lead the nation – this time on clean energy. Through these policies, passed with bipartisan support in 2009, Ohio is working to provide the military and consumers with more secure energy options, and saving millions through energy efficiency. At the same time, the RPS and EERS has led to more than 25,000 good Ohio jobs – many for veterans.