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Report Details Growth In Ohio's Clean Energy Industry

Clean energy advocates have released a new reporton the growth of the industry and why it's important to strengthen standards and investments in renewables. 

Mike Foley reports.

The Environment Ohio Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group reviewed statistics over the last decade related to solar and wind energy capacity, energy efficiency, electric vehicle sales, and battery storage. According to the report, America currently produces nearly six times the amount of renewable electricity from the sun and wind as it did in 2008. And last spring for the first time ever, wind and solar comprised10 percent of America’s electricity. The state of Ohio went from producing 1 Gigawatt hour of solar energy in 2008 to 260 Gigawatt hours now. Wind energy production increased from 15 Gigawatt hours to more than 1,500. The report also found that the average American today uses about 8 percent less energy compared with a decade ago. With nearly every segment of the clean energy market seeing rapid price declines and advances in technology making renewable energy more efficient, the groups are calling for community leaders and policymakers to set goals to meet all energy needs across all sectors with renewable energy by 2050. 

Mike Foley joined WCBE in February 2000, coming from WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. Foley has worked in various roles, from producing news and feature stories to engineering Live From Studio A sessions. A series of music features Foley started in 2018 called Music Journeys has grown into a podcast and radio show. He also assists in developing other programs in WCBE's Podcast Experience. Foley hosts The Morning Mix, a weekday music show featuring emerging and established musicians, our Columbus-area and Ohio-based talent, and additional artists that inspire him.
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