On Wednesday, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) says 20 veterans from across Ohio met with state lawmakers to educate them about the benefits of Ohio's renewable energy standards. According to the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC), local utilities are currently required to have 12.5% of their electricity generated by renewable energy resources by 2025.
Clean energy campaign Operation Free organized the advocacy event, and AWEA says many of the veterans are employed in the renewables industry.
"I'm proud that Ohio has shown leadership in this area through our renewable energy standards, which create clean, homegrown energy options – like wind and solar – that save Ohioans and our military on their utility bills, create thousands of jobs, and stabilize energy markets while ensuring reliable access for a more secure energy future," commented Zach Roberts, Air Force veteran and Operation Free's Ohio director.
AWEA notes that the event came after State Sen. Bill Seitz recently introduced S.B.58, legislation that would reduce Ohio's renewable energy standards if passed.