Ohio utilities see success in adding renewable electricity

Thursday, February 23, 2012 @ 09:02 AM
posted by rene5432

The latest report from advocacy group Environment Ohio suggests that the state has made substantial progress in promoting the development of renewable electricity, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

The group's Clean Energy Report Card attempts to track the performance of Ohio's four largest utility companies, as they steadily add green energy to keep up with the state's renewable portfolio standard. This law requires that utilities provide a certain proportion of their electricity from renewable sources, steadily increasing to 12.5 percent in 2025.

Two of the four utility companies, American Electric Power and Dayton Power & Light, were given an A grade, meeting all of the state's renewable electricity requirements while also dramatically reducing overall demand.

Duke Energy and First Energy performed worse, receiving a C- and a D-. Notably though, First Energy actually met the renewable electricity requirements whereas Duke Energy did not.

Duke told the Dispatch that it would have performed much better had Environment Ohio actually used current data, as the group used numbers from 2010. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that Ohio produced less than 1 percent of its electricity from renewable sources in 2010, seeing no change from a decade ago.

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