There have been numerous news stories about clean energy, and whether stronger standards will create opportunities or kill jobs. We asked small business owners-Ohio's primary job creators-what they think, and if you know anything about entrepreneurs their answers aren't surprising. The majority believes strong clean energy standards not only spur innovation and create market opportunities, but also save money by cutting down on energy costs.
Unfortunately, electricity provider FirstEnergy Solutions hasn't gotten the memo. FirstEnergy has been soliciting new customers across the state while working to repeal Ohio's energy efficiency laws, which would hike small business owners' rates, drain their coffers and put the kibosh on job creation in the Buckeye State.
A coalition to stop FirstEnergy has already gotten more than 50,000 signatures from Ohioans pledging not to switch to FirstEnergy until it supports cleaner energy sources. While clean energy standards will continue to incite debate, there's no ignoring the fact that Ohio small business owners support stronger energy efficiency standards. As the economic force that makes up the backbone of our state, everyone, including FirstEnergy, should not only listen to what small business owners have to say, but act on it.
Mary Huttlinger, Ohio Outreach manager
Small Business Majority