In 2014, Ohio Senate Bill 310 temporarily rolled back renewable and energy efficiency standards. On its heels, state House Bill 483 significantly increased the property setback for wind turbines, thus increasing project costs. Now clean energy business executives and advocates say that money is flowing out of Ohio at a rapid rate as renewable energy companies look to greener pastures for their products and services.
Both witnesses slated for a meeting with Ohio lawmakers on Monday want the state to scrap its clean energy standards altogether—a move that supporters of the law say would cause Ohio to miss out on investments and job growth.
Schools, cities and businesses could lose out if Ohio further rolls back state policies that have spurred job growth in the state’s clean energy sector, industry leaders say.
A drop in investments in Ohio’s clean energy industry could cost the state jobs, say industry experts.
Clean-energy advocates question claims made by a coal company and say they do not justify subsidizing unregulated power plants that can’t compete effectively in Ohio’s deregulated generation market.
Shale drilling has yielded mixed economic results and unfulfilled promises in Carroll County, Ohio, as noted in a study by Policy Matters Ohio. Unemployment is down to 8.3 percent from a recession-era high of 14 percent. However, in parsing these figures, researchers discovered that shale gas drilling has not yet lived up to the jobs promised.