Despite the availability of clean and sustainable energy sources like solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and biomass, many states depend on outdated and dirty energy sources. Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee are among the most in need of an energy portfolio diversification. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has identified solutions for these and other states.
According to data compiled by 24/7 Wall Street for all 50 states from 2009-2010, Ohio ranked fifth in the nation for energy used, with less than 1 percent coming from renewable resources. Most of the state’s energy is produced by burning coal, which creates pollution, including 267 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from fuel combustion.
The NRDC suggests that Ohio is ripe for implementation of wind, biomass, solar and biogas energy solutions. Wind energy production would be fruitful along the shores of Lake Erie and in the northwestern part of the state. Biomass from crop waste, yard waste, pallets and other wood materials is produced in large quantities in Ohio, but most of that ends up in landfills instead of providing a potential 14 million kilowatt hours every year… Read more