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Report Shows Growth In Ohio Clean Energy Jobs

Mar 24, 2016

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A new report shows growth in clean energy jobs in Ohio.

And advocates say the green energy industry can do more, with help from state lawmakers. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

The report says there are now more than 100,000 people working in the clean energy industry in Ohio.  
 
Ian Adams with Clean Energy Trust, one of the groups that put out the report, says many of these are manufacturing jobs supporting the use of renewable energy in other states.  
 
And Adams adds that there would be even more jobs if Ohio brought back its green energy standards that were frozen last year.
 
Adams: "Just because Ohio is good in manufacturing and is a significant player in economies around the country doesn't mean that Ohio shouldn't have a robust clean energy portfolio in its own state as well."
 
If lawmakers don't do anything else with the standards then the freeze ends at the end of this year and go back into place next year.