In 2014, the Ohio Legislature passed a law that froze the state’s successful Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) which had required utilities to get 12.5% of their energy from renewable sources by 2025.
Opponents of solar and other clean energy sources in Ohio are now trying to further undermine or eliminate the RPS. They have introduced legislation, House Bill 114, that would either reduce the percentage of solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources generated by Ohio utilities or make the RPS voluntary and thus ineffective. HB 114 passed the House last year and is now being considered by the Senate.
Ohio’s RPS has brought multiple economic and environmental benefits to Ohio families and businesses, including:
- Expanding the investment in the state’s clean energy sector, creating good jobs all over the state. Currently over 100,000 Ohioans work in clean energy industries, and the state is first in the Midwest for clean energy manufacturing jobs.
- Saving ratepayers money and stabilizing energy costs
- Employers are demanding available renewable power as a factor when locating their business operations, and they are looking for states with policies that encourage clean energy.
Because of these overlapping benefits, the RPS – which was approved by a bi-partisan majority when first enacted in 2008 – is strongly supported by the public. More than two-thirds of Ohioans favor of the policy, according to a 2017 poll by the University of Maryland.
At a time when more states are strengthening their RPS policies, HB 114 would take Ohio in the wrong direction. The Michigan Senate recently moved forward on adopting a 15% renewable portfolio standard to be met by 2022.
Please contact your state senator and urge him/her to oppose the bill.
Explain that our RPS should be strengthened, not weakened, and that the policy has been successful in making Ohio a better place to live and to do business.