Ohio's Alternative Energy Initiatives
A new report released by The Pew Charitable Trusts ranked Ohio number one in the Midwest and among the top five states in 2007 with the most jobs in clean energy, energy efficiency, and environmentally friendly production. The Ohio Energy Office and The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority are working together with other state agencies, as well as industrial innovators, to propose alternative ways of generating energy that are safer, cleaner, healthier, and more cost effective than current practices. Generating energy through means such as solar, wind, biomass, fuel cells, and clean coal technology are all currently being discussed by Ohio's legislature as well as some novel approaches that are being suggested by energy experts.
How will these technologies create new jobs and industries here in Ohio and where would a person be trained for such jobs? Experts speculate that these industries could include photovoltaic panel manufacturing, wind turbine component manufacturing, fuel cell manufacturing, photovoltaic, solar thermal, geothermal and wind turbine installation and service, energy efficiency companies/consultants and more.