Just because gas prices have dropped doesn’t mean Ohio should build more highways. Recently, 700 Sierra Club members commented on the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) 2014 Statewide Transit Needs Study. Now we have the opportunity to weigh in on the specific projects that ODOT will fund in 2015-2018.
We hope you can join the Sierra Club for our annual Chapter Retreat. As one of the largest and most influential environmental organizations in the state, this is the time each year where we celebrate our victories, renew our spirits, and make our plans the year ahead. All are welcome, and meals will be provided for members who register.
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.
Check out our resources page to get more information on what you can do to help!
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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)
May 28th, 2013
Renewable Energy in Ohio: Going Viral?
This map may be a surprise to you. That’s because the renewable energy industry has come quietly to a rooftop or farmland near you, silently revolutionizing our struggle for energy independence and climate solutions.
View Ohio Clean Energy Map in a full screen map
From today’s press release:
MORGANTOWN, WV – Sierra Club volunteers gathered at the entrance of this year’s FirstEnergy shareholder’s meeting, waving signs and singing songs as exec
utives and key investors passed by hundreds of colorful yard signs that had been set up along the roadway by volunteers traveling from as far as Ohio and Pennsylvania. The signs, charcoal grey with bright red text, listed the different ways FirstEnergy is failing its customers in the different states: “FirstEnergy Failing on Energy Efficiency,” “FirstEnergy Failing on Coal Ash,” “FirstEnergy Failing Working Families,” and “FirstEnergy Failing on Service.” Read More
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May 10, 2013
Sierra Club Statement on Cancellation of Eastlake Natural Gas Project
COLUMBUS – Today Jed Thorp of the Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club released the following statement after FirstEnergy and American Municipal Power scrapped plans for a natural gas project in Eastlake:
“This is yet another sign to Ohioans that there are better alternatives to fossil fuels. A 21st century energy economy means looking at ways to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and lower energy prices, rather than forcing customers to become reliant on new forms of dangerous extraction, like fracking for natural gas. We strongly encourage utilities to instead meet demand with increased energy efficiency, which is cheaper for customers and better for the environment than natural gas.”
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio recently ruled that FirstEnergy must bid their energy efficiency programs into this year’s electricity auction. Bidding for energy efficiency alongside other forms of energy is expected to lower prices. In their ongoing efforts to repeal Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency benchmarks, FirstEnergy has used the potential for shale gas development in Ohio as an excuse to abandon the standards, but today’s announcement contributes to a growing body of evidence showing that energy efficiency continues to be the less expensive option.