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Report: Keeping Green Energy Standards Freeze Will Hurt Ohio Businesses

Dec 1, 2016

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While state lawmakers continue to fight over whether to extend the 2014 freeze on Ohio's clean energy standards, a new report shows keeping them in place can position the state to be an industry leader.

The report by The Environmental Law and Policy Center shows Ohio has more than 300 solar and wind supply-chain businesses, meaning it's ready to become a major renewable-energy hub. Center spokesperson Robert Kelter says Ohio's manufacturing base and trained workforce are a main reason why.

The report also cites the state's central location and transportation system, as well as the large number of institutions that support renewable energy growth and development.