Study: Ohio's Renewable Energy Freeze Slows Wind and Solar

  • A demonstration wind turbine in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Photo: Julie Grant

January 23, 2015
By Karen Kasler

A new law freezing Ohio’s green energy standards has led to significant declines in the state's wind and solar industry, research finds. But that research finding is getting blowback from a key backer of that law.

Last June, Ohio became the first state to roll back the standards it had set for electric utilities to get their power from renewable or alternative energy sources such as wind and solar. Lawmakers instead voted for a two year freeze on those standards while they study their effect on utilities and ratepayers.

But a new report says that freeze has cost the green energy industry in Ohio dearly. Lynn Abramson is with the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Initiative. Abramson says in 2012, Ohio was a leader in both wind and solar installations.

“We saw that slip dramatically, and we’re seeing right now that over 2015 and 2016 there’s going to be either bottoming out for at least a stall on the clean energy investment here in Ohio as a result of the freeze,” says Abramson.

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