Target: Larry Obhof, President of the Senate, Ohio
Goal: Reject proposed bill aimed at making renewable energy targets optional instead of mandatory.
The Ohio Legislature is seeking to pass a measure that would make compliance with renewable energy standards voluntary instead of binding. Strongly backed by fossil fuel interests, the proposed law is an attempt to slow the rapid advancement of clean energy development in the state.
Renewable energy portfolio standards adopted in 2008 require at least 12.5 percent of energy sold by state utilities to come from renewable sources by 2027. However the state only received 2.5 percent of total energy output from renewable energy in 2014.
A previous rollback attempt by the Ohio state House did not gain decisive support and was vetoed by Governor John Kasich in December 2016. Several companies have pledged support for the renewable energy standards including Dow, Whirlpool and the National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association. Renewable energy development has been on the rise in Ohio with over 240 companies involved in the manufacture and installation of solar equipment. The industry currently employs over 5,000 people, a number that is likely to grow significantly in the near future as the price for solar infrastructure development continues to decline.
As the Trump Administration continues to strip away federal support for renewable energy, it is critical that states such as Ohio ensure the continued shift away from fossil fuels. Please sign the below petition calling on lawmakers to vote against the proposed legislation.
Dear Senator Obhof,
I am writing to urge that you vote against the bill that would make compliance with the renewable energy portfolio standards voluntary. As you are aware, renewable energy development has increased rapidly in recent years with 244 companies now employing over 5,000 people in the manufacture and installation of solar infrastructure alone.
You must recognize that the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy is an unavoidable reality. Please reject this bill for the future of Ohio workers who work in the renewable energy sector as well as for the benefit of our environment.
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