Operation Free

Renewables and Energy Efficiency in Ohio
The Issue

Ohio has a rich history of innovation and manufacturing – a history that is interwoven with traditional resources like coal and natural gas. Though these sources of energy have helped to build a strong economy in Ohio in the past, too much of today’s economy – and military operations – depend on a single-source commodity: oil.

To protect our economic and national security, America must diversify and look to clean, homegrown alternatives like wind and solar.

The Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and the Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) create an opportunity for the Buckeye state to again lead the nation – this time on clean energy. Through these policies, passed with bipartisan support in 2009, Ohio is working to provide the military and consumers with more secure energy options, and saving millions through energy efficiency. At the same time, the RPS and EERS have created more than 25,000 good Ohio jobs – many for veterans.

Our Mission

Although renewable energy sources reduce our dependence on oil and give our military and Ohio consumers more reliable energy choices, these policies are under attack. In the Ohio State House, anti-clean energy interests are trying to scale back the progress that has been made.

Operation Free is working to protect the RPS and EERS, to further the growth of renewables like solar and wind in Ohio, and to help secure America with clean energy. Veterans who work in the clean energy economy are essential to this fight.

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Zach Roberts, Ohio Director

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One word--"Solyndra"

This is all pointless. The wind map of Ohio, which shows the optimal zones for exploiting the steadiest or strongest winds in the state, shows that offshore Lake Erie is by far the best region for that. But that puts turbines in view of the shore, and shore properties are uniformly owned by rich people. And they throw a shit-fit over anything that "spoils the view".

That's the wind issue.

The solar issue is about as bad. Ohio isn't a good state for insolation (amount of sunlight it receives). Check out this site; Ohio gets about 4 to 5 kWh per square meter per day (using "flat plate tilted south per latitude" model, which is the practical installation):


That's just not good enough, since solar installations in the SW of the US are the only ones which hope to be economically viable. The main problem is the cost of the installation. Costs are artificially high since there's no real industry that's tooled up to provide for these power plants. Costs are additionally perverted by the involvement of government mandates and subsidies.

Ohioans will have to turn to solar and wind energy sourcing eventually, since there's not an infinite amount of petroleum in the world, and in fact there's a highly limited supply of petroleum. Natural gas is also limited but is the next best candidate to supply energy for our form of civilization. Coal is a poor replacement for petroleum but we'll have to make use of it anyway, due to desperation. By then, solar and wind sourcing will start to look beneficial, except for the little problem of it being far too late for them to do much good. Once we lose our petroleum-fueled industrial monster economy, doing anything after that will only be harder to achieve. We should have made the investment in solar and wind exploitation decades ago, to prepare for this era.


WHO agency: Air pollution causes cancer
The International Agency for Research on Cancer declared on Thursday that air pollution is a carcinogen, alongside known dangers such as asbestos, tobacco and ultraviolet radiation. The decision came after a consultation by an expert panel organized by IARC, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, which is based in Lyon, France.

The risk to the individual is low, but Straif said the main sources of pollution are widespread, including transportation, power plants, and industrial and agricultural emissions.

Germany sets new solar power record, institute says
"This shows Germany is capable of meeting a large share of its electricity needs with solar power," Allnoch said. "It also shows Germany can do with fewer coal-burning power plants, gas-burning plants and nuclear plants."

Cloudy Germany unlikely hotspot for solar power
(Reuters) - It rains year round in Germany. Clouds cover the skies for about two-thirds of all daylight hours. Yet the country has managed to become the world's leading solar power generator.

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I've come to the conclusion that life, causes cancer.
One thing about life....nobody gets out alive.

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