Since 2007, Ohio has seen over a 19,000% increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and an 8,510% increase in wind-power production, according to a new report released by Environment Ohio Research & Policy Center.
The report also highlights advances in the use of energy storage and electric vehicles that will help catalyze the clean energy revolution in Ohio. At the same time, Ohio ranked sixth for increases in the percentage of energy savings compared to electricity sales.
“Every day, we see more evidence that an economy powered by renewable energy is within our reach,” said Zachary Fields from Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center. “The progress we’ve made in the last decade on renewable energy and technologies like battery storage and electric cars should give Ohioans the confidence that we can take clean energy to the next level.”
The report, Renewables on the Rise: A Decade of Progress Toward a Clean Energy Future, provides a state-by-state assessment of the growth of key technologies needed to power the nation with clean, renewable energy, including wind, solar, energy efficiency, energy storage, and electric vehicles. Ohio ranked 25th for wind and 21st for solar and is one of the top states for increase in energy storage capacity since 2007.
“In order to ensure a healthy future for all, we must continue to lead by transitioning Ohio quickly to a future powered by renewable energy,” said Doug Hammerle, Director of Energy Systems at Miami University. “Miami University is changing how we approach heating and cooling buildings and geothermal is at the forefront of this change here. Significant sustainability goals are achieved with regards to environmental and economic benefits when implemented on a college campus like this…