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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 Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers.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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Fight for Ohio’s State Forests – No Logging!

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Shawnee State Forest trail next to logging site. Which is the trail? Where are the logging roads? Why can’t we tell?

Ohio DNR wants to clear-cut and burn it’s way through Ohio’s natural forests. Take action

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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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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

Show Your Support for Renewables!

September 13th, 2011

This fall we may see several attempts to undermine the clean energy revolution which is starting in Ohio. We know that the Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee is planning hearings on SB 221, the 2008 law which established efficiency and renewable energy standards for Ohio. Only two pages of the 120 page law deal with issues environmentalists are directly concerned with. Read More

Duke Energy Rate Case Hearings

August 15th, 2011

Duke Energy is having a series of rate cases in Cincinnati and Middletown to discuss their energy provision plans for the next five years. They are shutting down their Beckjord coal plant, proposing to replace it with a natural gas plant, and negotiating the terms of their economic development fund for the New Richmond community. Please come to the hearings so you can have a say in where your money goes! Below are hearing dates/locations and talking points. Read More

 

We learned about the research partnership between the Great Lakes Science Center and the Lubrizol Corporation to test lubrication for wind turbine parts. We learned that the Great Lakes Science Center’s solar array produces approximately 100kWh electricity/day and uses it to partly power their exhibition lighting. We traveled to Great Lakes Brewing Company and saw their solar thermal technology and energy efficient boiler system, day-lighting process, and tasted sustainable beer! The highlight of the Cleveland Clean Energy Tour was climbing inside the Pearl Road Auto Parts wind turbine! Pearl Wind, LCC teamed up with Pearl Road Auto Parts to help them generate 147,767 kWh of clean, renewable energy (as of Friday, 8/5/2011). Thanks to participants and staff for making this a great day! Pictures