Ohio Senate Passes RPS Legislation

In a unanimous vote the Ohio State Senate passed Sub Senate Bill 221 that was passed by the Ohio House earlier this week. Included in the legislation are strong standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency that will result in 12.5% of Ohio’s electricity coming from renewable sources of power and a 22% cumulative reduction in energy usage by 2025.

Ohio is now the 26th state in the U.S. to enact a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) which positions the state to reap the environmental and economic benefits of diversifying Ohio’s electricity mix with homegrown wind and solar resources, according to Environment Ohio.
 
“Diversifying Ohio’s electricity mix with clean power from wind and solar was put on the agenda of Ohio lawmakers last year by Governor Strickland. Ohio’s Speaker of the House Jon Husted and other leaders worked to make sure the renewable energy provisions in the bill were strong enough to have the intended effect and ensure a cleaner energy future for Ohio,” said Erin Bowser, Director of Environment Ohio.
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