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Ohio Could "Cash In" On National Renewable Energy Standard

July 24, 2007

A renewable energy bill is gathering support in the U.S. House, and a new report says Ohio will "cash in" if it passes. The law would require 20 percent of the nation's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2020. Report co-author Jeff Deyette with the Union of Concerned Scientists says Ohio would get the third biggest economic boost nationwide with a growth in new manufacturing jobs, making equipment for wind, solar, and geothermal power.

"In order to reach a 20 percent by 2020 national requirement, more than 7,000 jobs would be created in Ohio alone by the year 2020."

According to the study, the law would also save money for consumers and small businesses by creating more alternatives to expensive natural gas. The bill currently has over 150 co-sponsors in the U.S. House.

Teresa McHugh with the Sierra Club in Ohio says the state's historical focus on manufacturing means Ohio is poised to be a big winner if the federal energy standard is passed.

"New renewable energy technologies can be a huge shot in the arm for a state like Ohio because of our existing infrastructure and the educated workforce that we have."

The report is at www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/clean_energy_policies/cashing-in.html.

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OH