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Tell the Ohio Legislature: Don’t Raise My Bill for Dirty Energy!

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The Ohio legislature continues to aggressively move forward with legislation that will gut our clean energy and efficiency standards.  Now comes breaking news that they want YOU to pay for their plan to kill the future.
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Save Ohio’s Butterflies!

Flower and ButterflyDo you enjoy the summer butterflies? Well, as these pollinator populations dwindle, the OhioDepartment of Agriculture and Wayne National Forest are planning to spray a dangerous insecticide called BtK all over Ohio to decrease the Gypsy Moth, a non-native moth that impacts trees through eating of leaves. Unfortunately, BtK doesn’t just kill the Gypsy Moth – it could wipe out every type of butterfly or moth it touches.  Read More

Years of Living Dangerously

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Years of Living Dangerously

New Showtime documentary showing the human impacts of climate change. Learn more and what you can do as an individual to #actonclimate

See the first episode here

 

 

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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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Thanks to everyone who helped out with this clean energy victory in Cincinnati! We asked City Council to include clean, renewable energy in their Request for Proposals (RFP) and they delivered. City Manager Dohoney has chosen to award the city’s 2-year aggregation contract to FirstEnergy Solutions, who is offering 100% renewable energy for residential and small businesses sourced from Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and the Cincinnati Zoo’s solar array. Read More

Ever wonder what it really costs to keep the lights on? You know what your bill says, but what’s the actual price? A recent article in Mother Jones gives us the opportunity to find out. From mining impacts in Appalachia to children’s brain development, this calculator tells us the true cost of coal.

My electric bill is usually around $28/month, but the calculator revealed the actual cost of my electricity is $199/month. Please contact Natalie Fox with questions or for more information.

Last week, many components of Governor Kasich’s Energy Plan were introduced in Senate Bill 315, which is currently being debated in the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for news and analysis, and information on how YOU can make YOUR voice heard on this important piece of legislation.

Energy efficiency has been saving Ohio customers over $56M on their utility bills since the passage of SB221 in 2008. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio regulates the requirements of this law and we need the PUCO Commissioners to hold our utilities accountable.

Please ask the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to ensure that all utilities are pursuing all cost-effective energy efficiency as a way to curb pollution and create economic growth.

On Saturday, December 10th, 2011 we hosted a Holiday Home Energy Audit in Columbus’ historic German Village. We learned how to save money and energy while increasing home comfort and stimulating the local economy. All participants received free energy efficiency items and tips to conserve energy. Check out pictures on our Facebook page.

Contact Natalie Fox at natalie.fox@sierraclub.org or (614) 461-0734 x 301 for more information or to discuss setting up a home energy audit in your area.