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Enviros Say Columbus' Green Energy Ballot Measure Represents Statewide Trend

Sep 30, 2020

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A coalition of environmental advocates are uniting to support an issue that will appear on the Columbus ballot in November. 

They say the clean energy initiative represents a larger trend across the state. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports. 

Issue One in Columbus would allow the city to aggregate electric services among ratepayers with the goal of investing in clean energy sources.

Heather Taylor-Miesle, with the Ohio Environmental Council’s Action Fund, joins more than a dozen other environmental groups supporting the measure.

 

She says, with state lawmakers rolling back support of clean energy standards, more cities are taking action.

 

Taylor-Miesle: “All of them have been really leading the way because they realize you know this is great for the environment, but this is also good economics.”

 

The state legislature passed HB6 last year, cutting renewable energy mandates and eliminating the efficiency standards. HB6 is now at the center of a federal bribery court case.