Ohio’s combination of environmental treasures, challenges and opportunities make the state a key part of ELPC’s advocacy to achieve environmental progress and economic development together. ELPC works in Ohio to:
- Advance wind energy, solar energy and energy efficiency — ELPC is working hard before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to ensure that people and consumers get the best possible energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, which some utilities oppose strongly. The potential for Ohio to transition from a coal-focused state to a clean energy powerhouse is substantial, as Ohio leads the Midwest in installed solar capacity and is home to almost 400 companies that provide parts and services to the solar industry.
- Advance high-speed rail — Ohio is part of the Midwest High-Speed Rail Network, and ELPC has worked hard with local advocates to advance the route connecting Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati.
- Protect special places like the Great Lakes — ELPC works to protect the Great Lakes from aging oil pipelines, toxic coal ash dumping, unnecessary runoff, and other sources of pollution. On Lake Erie in particular, we are engaging with local decisionmakers to address rampant algae growth resulting from excess nitrogen and phosphorus loading.
ELPC partners with the Ohio Environmental Council, Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club and other state and local groups to achieve progress.
- Clean Energy – In 2013, ELPC and allies achieved a strong settlement with Duke Energy to help Ohio consumers save money on their electricity bills. The savings came from a suite of energy efficiency and demand-response programs from Duke.
- Clean Air – In 2013, ELPC and allies won a landmark settlement with American Electric Power requiring AEP to stop burning coal by 2015 at three power plants in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
- Clean Transportation – The Columbus-Cleveland-Cincinnati passenger rail route is part of the proposed Midwest High-Speed Rail Network that ELPC has advanced for over a decade.
For more victories, visit our impacts page.
ELPC’s Ohio Office
21 W. Broad Street, 8th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Key program staff working in Ohio
ELPC’s multi-disciplinary staff, Board and Advisory Councils work throughout the Midwest to help solve environmental problems.