The Ohio EPA failed to collect adequate data to determine the recreational health for 60% of Ohio’s inland streams and 60% of Ohio’s large rivers. From the data they did collect: 3/4 of their samples for inland streams and 1/2 samples for large rivers contained high levels of E. Coli bacteria. These numbers are cause for alarm and the Ohio EPA needs to act urgently to collect missing data across the state.
95% of Carroll depends on groundwater and yet, over the next ten years, ODNR will allow 2,000 unconventional gas wells and permit an underground coal mine without informing the public about potential impacts on water quality.
Every time it rains our waterways are threatened by sewage. Hamilton County has more combined sewage overflow points than anywhere else in Ohio and ranks 3rd in the country overall.
Energy and Renewables
As the fourth largest contributor of greenhouse gases in the U.S., Ohio is one of the largest energy users in the country. Clean, homegrown technologies, such as energy efficiency and renewable energy, can transform Ohio’s economic and energy future. For every dollar invested in energy efficiency, at least three dollars are saved on energy costs, while also creating Ohio jobs in manufacturing, construction, research, and design. Ohio’s universities, utilities, training centers, and businesses are also helping propel the state forward through investments in wind, solar, and other renewable technologies.
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- Climate Action Campaign (CAC)
- Senate Bill 58
- Climate change impacts on precipitation and combined sewer overflows in Ohio: what to expect and what can we do?
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February 10th, 2014
My Water’s On Fire Tonight (The Fracking Song). Watch this fun video to learn more about fracking.
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February 6th, 2014
Wind turbines begin operation at Ohio Honda plant
Two turbines are projected to supply 10% of the plant’s electricity.
FEBRUARY 1, 2014Honda Transmission Mfg. of America Inc., has finalized installation and begun operation of two power-producing wind turbines at its plant in Russells Point, Ohio, through an agreement with a subsidiary ofConEdison Solutions of Valhalla, N.Y.
The installation of the turbines means that the plant will be the first major automotive manufacturing facility in the United States to obtain a substantial amount of its electricity directly from wind turbines located on its property. Honda Transmission will also reduce CO2 emissions through the use of this renewable energy source.
Studies commissioned by Honda Transmission indicate that wind-generated power is a cost-effective source of electricity for the plant and that the project will not adversely impact local wildlife or the environment. The two wind turbines will supply approximately 10 percent of the plant’s electricity. Based on their location and actual wind speeds, combined output from the two wind turbines is estimated at 10,000MWh per year.
The decision to go forward with the project followed completion of a thorough evaluation of renewable energy sources for the plant, which Honda announced in February 2012. The turbines, with blades approximately 160ft long, have been installed on 260ft towers on Honda Transmission property, which is suited for a maximum of two wind turbines.
“We appreciate the support we have received from the township and our neighbors throughout all phases of the project that will help Honda work toward our goal of reducing CO2 emissions,” said Gary Hand, Vice President of Honda Transmission. “This is just one of many ways that Honda is seeking to reduce our environmental footprint.”
“We are proud to be helping Honda strengthen its status as a national leader in sustainability,” said Jorge Lopez, CEO of ConEdison Solutions. “Through the example set by Honda, the American manufacturing sector will see more ways it can incorporate renewable power into its facilities.”
ConEdison Solutions, one of America’s largest energy services companies, will own and operate the two turbines, through its subsidiary, RP Wind, LLC. The company is working in collaboration with Juhl Energy of Pipestone, MN, a leading provider of clean energy solutions, which served as the primary developer of the project. Through agreements with Honda Transmission, ConEdison Solutions will generate electricity for the plant, and be responsible for an interconnect agreement with the Logan County Electric Cooperative and an additional agreement with Buckeye Power, Inc., an Ohio electric cooperative.
“We are honored to work with Honda and ConEdison Solutions to provide wind energy at the Russells Point facility,” said Corey Juhl, Vice President of project development for Juhl Energy. “By assisting in the installation of these two wind turbines next to their manufacturing facility, Honda is making tangible and immediate progress towards reducing CO2 emissions.”
Globally, Honda has established voluntary goals to reduce the environmental impact of its products and manufacturing operations by 2020. This includes a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions from Honda products, and significant CO2 reductions from the company’s plants and other operations, compared with year 2000 levels.
To achieve these new environmental targets, Honda is accelerating its efforts to advance the environmental performance of its products, and its operations throughout North America. The wind turbine project is among a number of other initiatives at Honda plants to reduce energy use and waste from manufacturing operations.
December 17th, 2013
The Sierra Club Ohio Chapter is excited to announce the launch a partnership with Dovetail Solar and Wind for our Solar Homes program!
The Solar Homes Program is a national initiative by the Sierra Club to help accelerate the transition of our nation from dirty fossil fuels by streamlining the installation of clean energy solar systems on members’ homes.
July 16th, 2013
July 4th, 2013
Energy Efficiency is the best path to energy independence, creates jobs for Americans, saves you $3 for every $1 invested, increases the comfort of your home, and gives us all cleaner air! Be an Energy Patriot – ask your energy provider about what energy efficiency incentives and rebate programs they offer so you give back to your country this Independence Day.
You can search a database of energy efficiency incentives in Ohio here. (external site)