Solar panels at Denison University
Solar Panels Denison Solar panels at Denison University © Denison University

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Choosing Clean Energy in Ohio

Choosing Clean Energy in Ohio promotes the positive economic and health benefits of cleaner, low-carbon energy technology.

Clean Energy Opportunity and Innovation

The electric power industry is in a state of rapid transformation, and in the next decade Ohio has an opportunity to reinvest how it generates, transports and uses electric power. New infrastructure, new business models and new energy services are needed so Ohio's economy can reap the full benefits of these new opportunities. 

Energy Innovation is Part of Ohio's Heritage Innovation is Ohio's past, present and future. It creates jobs, strengthens our economy and makes our lives better.

Improving Quality of Life

Innovation will power Ohio's future. Many of the solutions we need to address the conservation challenges of our time —increasing uptake of energy efficiency, investing in renewable energy sources, establishing a price on carbon, modernizing the electric grid, and increasing the use of nature based solutions— also offer the opportunity for more jobs, more consumer choice, lower costs, cleaner air and water, better soil quality and better health. We no longer need to choose between abundant energy and a cleaner environment. With careful planning, we can have both.

Nine out of ten Ohio voters indicate they'd like elected officials to support policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Cleveland: Redefining What's Possible Cleveland's clean energy investments will create more jobs that fuel the local economy. Cleveland is redefining what's possible for our clean energy future.

The Faces of Clean Energy

Clean energy has a “face” in Ohio. It is the face of entrepreneurs, business executives and employees who are tapping the potential of wind, solar and energy efficiency to expand market share, hire and retain talent, and increase profitability. Although many of these companies explain that it is the right thing to do for the environment, all of them point to the economic benefits as the driving motivation for making the investment.

These are just a handful of the stories of companies that are taking advantage of the promise of clean energy. Their experiences illustrate why clean energy – and consistent state policies to encourage its growth – matter to the future of Ohio’s economy.  

  • Ohio Clean and Green Report

    Clean and Green Report

    (1.57 MB PDF)

    Read through profiles of companies in Ohio that are profiting from clean energy use.

Little Fish Brewery Jimmy Stockwell, co-founder of Little Fish Brewing Company, says utilizing wind and solar power is good for his brand and his bottom line.
Denison University Without a solar array, Denison University's grid power rates would go up annually. Solar helps to offset peak demand charges, resulting in savings of $100,000.
Greg Sweet Automotive Group Greg Sweet Auto Group utlizes solar panels at all four of its locations. Owner Greg Sweet says that with tax incentives and savings on electric bills, the effort should pay for itself in seven years or less.
Third Sun Solar Geoff Greenfield, president of Third Sun Solar, says anti-solar policies in Ohio have really impacted the industry.

The anti-solar policies in Ohio have really impacted the industry.

President, Third Sun Solar
Solar Integrated Resources Solar Integrated Resources designs solar energy systems and works with contractors to get solar projects financed, permitted and built. Owner Mark Wiley says he’s frustrated with Ohio’s clean energy policies, which have had a very negative affect on his business.

Economic Benefits

Clean energy can make a significant contribution to Ohio's economy:

  • Ohio would see an average increase of 5,900 to 9,700 jobs annually if utilities are required to source more power from wind and solar.
  • Clean energy standards also mean electricity savings. Investments in energy efficiency would result in electricity bill savings to consumers of $29 million to $51 million each year by 2030.
  • Lower-polluting energy sources and energy efficiency could result in health care savings starting at $800 million and reaching $3 billion by 2030.

Time to Upgrade

Much of the electrical grid in the United States is more than 70 years old, and was built before many energy technologies were even imagined.  It's an outdated system resulting in 20 times more brownouts and blackouts than our economic competitors, costing Americans more than $150 billion annually.  

America needs a state-of-art grid to compete in a fast-paced global economy and achieve a clean energy future.

Learn more in the video below.

A Modernized Electrical Grid The electrical grid in the United States is outdated--causing 20 times more brownouts and blackouts than its economic competitors and costing Americans $150 billion yearly. A modernized grid would change that.

Consumer Choice

As the nation’s power grid evolves, consumers are being offered new technologies—from smart thermostats, to solar panels to electric vehicles and energy storage—making their choices an increasingly important part of how the grid performs.

The benefits of a modern grid to society and the consumer are many:

  • More efficient use of primary energy.
  • More reliable and resilient power supply.
  • More consumer control of electric power bills.
  • Integration of clean and distributed energy resources.
  • Electrification of the transportation sector.
  • Cheaper and cleaner power for remote communities.