Ohio is set to join the list of states requiring renewable sources as a significant percentage of its energy portfolio. Ohio Governor Ted Strickland's newly introduced Energy, Jobs and Progress plan will require at least 25% of the electricity within the state come from renewable and ‘advanced’ energy technologies. That figure must be met by 2025.
Within that 25% portfolio, at least half of the energy must come from renewable sources including solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower and biomass fuel. The plan defines ‘advanced’ energy as including nuclear energy, fuel cell and clean coal.
In announcing his plan, Strickland stated this initiative would ensure stability for the state's electric power supply and would also help attract new jobs to a nascent local renewable energy industry.