A new poll shows the proposed Ohio Clean Energy Initiative, which would provide $13 billion over 10 years for cleantech projects, enjoys strong support from the state's residents. According to the group Yes for Ohio's Energy Future, the ballot initiative needs 385,247 signatures by July 4 to go before voters in November.
The poll of 884 Ohio voters conducted by Public Policy Polling shows 64% of respondents were likely to vote for the initiative versus 29% who were unlikely, with 7% saying they were unsure. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4%.
If passed, the initiative would create a constitutional amendment to allocate funds from state general obligation bonds for energy-related public infrastructure projects using wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, biomass, smart grid and other technologies.
Project proposals for funding will be reviewed by the independent reviewers at the Ohio Energy Initiative Commission, which is accepting a limited number of early project proposals under a fast start program.