Ohio has more than 1,100 business involved in the so called “Green Movement”. A new report by Environment Ohio shows the number of companies involved in the energy efficiency industry is growing rapidly.
The report identifies business through out the state that are already contributing to Ohio’s clean energy future, everything from home energy raters, to green architects, to retailers of energy efficient products.
Speaking during a green business forum in Columbus, Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy tied American prosperity with our ability to become a “global leader in the development production and use of clean and renewable energy.” Kilroy went to say “We spend billions of dollars a day on foreign oil and efforts like these will help cut that figure, creating thousands of new jobs and securing clean energy sources made right here in America.”
National security and jobs were consistently cited by experts on the panel as the best reasons to improve efficiency. Eric Zimmer, CEO of Columbus, Ohio based Tipping Point Renewable Energy said his company is focused on creating “good jobs in our local communities by deploying clean energy technologies.”
Zimmer pointed out policies on both state and federal levels that can reduce dependence on foreign oil and create jobs. Tipping Point has a current initiative to help veterans returning from war to launch a new career path in clean energy.
The new report from Environment Ohio, “Ohio’s Green Energy Economy: the Energy Efficiency Industry.” found at least 52 businesses in Ohio performing energy audits, finding places were energy can be saved in buildings.
78 Ohio businesses and community organizations weatherize buildings cutting heating bills by 32%. Another 109 businesses manufacture energy efficient products, 215 design and construct energy Energy Star-certified homes and 680 stores sell energy efficient products and appliances.
Ohio still has work to do according to Jeff McCourt, energy advocate for Environment Ohio. “First and foremost we need federal energy and climate legislation.”
One the state level McCourt supports legislation that would allow homeowners and businesses to amortize their clean energy investments over a 20 year period through their property taxes. He also believes the state needs to update aging building codes.
Environment Ohio is a state based, citizen funded environmental organization working for a cleaner, greener healthier future.
The report can be found at Environment Ohio’s website at http://environmentohio.org