Ohio Interfaith Power and Light encourages public policies that protect the earth, ensure public health and well-being, reduce pollution and greenhouse gases, and support energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy sources. Our work on public policies is grounded in the religious tenets of caring for our neighbor and the most vulnerable, caring for the earth, and preserving the planet for generations to come.
Science clearly indicates that we must reduce our output of carbon dioxide and other global warming pollution. Transitioning away from fossil fuels is a crucial step to mitigating against climate disruption.
Ohio’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Standards
In May 2008, Ohio enacted broad electric industry restructuring legislation (SB 221) containing energy efficiency requirements for investor-owned utilities and clean energy standards. These clean energy standards set minimum requirements on Ohio electric utilities to sell an increasing amount of electricity sourced from renewable resources such as wind, hydropower and solar, and to gradually step up investments in energy efficiency each year by helping customers implement energy efficiency measures at their home or business.
Legislation (SB310) was passed in May, 2014, that froze Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency. The Standards were unfrozen in 2017.
Presently, legislation is in the Statehouse (HB 114) that would gut the state’s clean energy standards by making them voluntary goals rather than enforceable standards and lowering the overall targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency investments.
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OHIO FAITH LEADERS STAND TO PROTECT RENEWABLE ENERGY
It was a beautiful day in Columbus as persons of faith from around Ohio came to the Statehouse to show support for a clean energy future. Nearly two hundred were present on the Statehouse lawn for the Rally and over sixty-five legislative visits were made expressing the need for Ohio to move forward on clean energy and “Unfreeze Ohio’s Clean Energy Standards”.
May, 2014--Ohio faith leaders joined together to call on the Ohio legislature and Governor Kasich to support the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Standards to ensure we are moving towards a Clean Energy era.
- Ensure Ohio is moving towards a clean energy future. Let your Ohio legislators know you support renewable energy and energy efficiency so that Ohio can be a part of the solution!