Clean energy is on the ballot in Ohio! This November, voters in Columbus will decide on Issue 1, while voters in Grove City will decide on Issue 10. Both initiatives would enact Community Choice Aggregation for 100 percent renewable energy. Campaigns in both cities are in full swing, and need your help with lit drops, phone banking, and text banking. We got city councils to put these initiatives on the ballot. Now we have to get them passed!
If approved, Issue 1 and Issue 10 would allow each city to obtain bulk purchase rates for electricity for all eligible residents and businesses, without raising taxes or electric bills. By pooling together their electricity demand, Columbus and Grove City could get a better product for the same or lower price.
But there's more. Through Community Choice Aggregation, these cities could work with a utility that’s ready to build out a local supply of renewable energy – new solar and wind projects that would create good-paying jobs in manufacturing, construction, and maintenance here in Ohio.
Moving each city’s electricity to 100% renewable energy will significantly lower carbon pollution in Central Ohio. If voters in Columbus approve Issue 1, the city’s emissions will be reduced by 1.2 million megatons annually, or 19 percent. It’s equivalent to taking 260,000 cars off the road. Passing Issue 10 in Grove City would be like taking almost 16,000 cars off the road.
Issue 1 in Columbus and Issue 10 in Grove City give voters the choice to save money, create jobs, lower pollution, improve our health, and invest in our own community -- all in one program. Anyone who doesn't want to participate can opt out at any time with no penalties or fees. The choice is always ours.
Clean energy. Economic development. Our choice. If you would like to volunteer for either campaign, please sign up here.Photo: Superheroes visit a clean energy for Columbus booth at Grove City EcoFest.