Clean energy is the best and most viable alternative to fossil fuels such as oil, coal, and natural gas. Clean energy is generated from emission-free sources that derive their power from naturally occurring resources such as the blowing wind, the shining sun, or the flow of water.
It can also be generated from sources that harness energy from waste products like waste heat, landfill gas, or yard and tree clippings.
Clean energy resources differ greatly from fossil fuels because they pollute much less than these finite sources. Air pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, mercury, methane, or particulate matter harm human health in serious ways.
Opting for clean energy resources reduces the amount of byproducts like ash, brine, and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) fluids that, if not disposed of properly, can damage land and pollute streams and rivers. Encouraging the development of more clean energy resources to light our businesses and fuel our automobiles will greatly reduce negative health impacts and greenhouse gas emissions.
The OEC’s clean energy programs focus on advancing energy efficiency policy and projects for Ohio’s energy consumers by keeping watch over the Ohio legislature, state agencies, and powerful interest lobbyists trying to influence the law.