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.
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.
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
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
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
July 12th, 2011
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
April 21st, 2011
A coalition of environmental-conservation groups today called on each of Ohio’s 132 state lawmakers to publicly declare which state parks, state nature preserves, and state scenic rivers in their local legislative district they would vote to keep closed from oil and gas drilling or would vote to “convert from natural parks to industrial parks” and open up to extraction. To read the full Press Release S.P.DrillingFINAL press Release Read More
March 8th, 2011
Today, the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) has approved a recommendation by the Ohio Board of Building Standards to update Ohio’s commercial codes. Included in the rule package were stronger energy efficiency requirements for commercial construction. Adoption of national model codes (2009 I-Codes) will save Ohio businesses money, help keep Ohio competitive with surrounding states, and provide Ohioans with up-to-date safety and energy efficient technologies. Read More