The Issue

Ohio has a rich history of innovation and manufacturing – a history that is interwoven with traditional resources like coal, oil, 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 fossil fuels.

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.

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Our Mission

Although renewable energy sources reduce our dependence on oil and give our military and Ohio consumers more reliable energy choices, these policies are under attack. In 2014, anti-clean energy interests imposed a year-long freeze on the standards, which has set Ohio back in the progress that has been made.

Operation Free is working to lift the freeze and protect the RPS and EERS in order to further the growth of renewables like solar and wind in Ohio, and to help secure America with clean energy.  Veterans who work in the clean energy economy are essential to this fight.

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Get Involved

Help Operation Free deliver the message to state legislators that Ohio must continue to lead the way on clean energy!  Join our campaign.

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Zach Roberts, Ohio Director
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