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Renewables turmoil in Ohio signals opportunity for neighboring states

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The battle to control Ohio’s energy mix has been noisy and partisan since 2008, when the Legislature adopted an alternative energy standard.

More recently, Ohio has been rocked by a public corruption scandal that’s still unfolding (Energywire, July 23).

As the political dust settles, fallout from the passage and repeal of a series of divisive energy bills remains to be seen. At the heart of many of the policies are provisions that will shape the future of wind and solar energy development in the Buckeye State.

The turmoil in Ohio is happening against the backdrop of the growing urgency of President Biden to address climate change and shifting energy markets where the workhorses of the grid — coal and nuclear plants — are struggling to stay viable. But unlike some of its neighbors, which are opening their arms to renewable energy, Ohio’s GOP Legislature has hardly embraced the shift to cleaner energy.

Policy support for renewables has been eroding in Ohio for a decade — the most recent example being a project-siting bill signed by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine last month — and is raising doubts about the long-term future of the wind and solar industries there.

Renewable developers say the policies don’t bode well for Ohio in the long run. Among large energy consuming states, only California imports a larger share of its electricity. And that trend is poised to continue.

[Jeffrey Tomich]

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