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2015 Ohio Sierra Club Retreat

Mohican-winterWe 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.

Join us at Mohican State Park Lodge for the Annual Chapter Retreat on Jan 31st- Feb 1st!

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Stop Toxins from Algae in Drinking Water

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Click here to submit public comments to Ohio EPA by November 19.

1.) Insist algae toxin standards be created for Ohio drinking water supplies

2.) Request mandatory testing to occur at community water systems

 

 

Don’t Let Ohio Coal Get A Bailout

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Carbon pollution rolls from Sammis Coal-fired Power Plant. Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers. credit: Akron Beacon Journal

In June 2014, Governor Kasich signed into law a bill that guts Ohio’s clean energy and efficiency standards. Passing this new law was not enough for Ohio’s utilities, though. 

Now, Ohio’s largest electric utilities, AEP, Duke, and FirstEnergy are seeking to keep a number of Ohio’s oldest and dirtiest power plants open for years to come.

And they want you and me to pay for it.

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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!

 

Energy and Renewables - Latest News

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.

An energy efficient home is warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and saves you money all year long. What if we could power those efficient homes with clean, renewable energy? What if the buildings we occupy did not use so much energy in the first place? Buildings use forty percent of the energy we Americans use every day. Read More