The future of green jobs in Ohio

Sunday, December 16, 2018

We have looked at different job growth strategies in past blogs, from making policies that support small businesses to focusing on workforce development to shrink the skills gap. This week we explore another potential job growth strategy: Ohio’s role in the Green Economy, and particularly in the wind industry. As many states beginning to pursue a green jobs strategy, it becomes imperative for each to pursue an optimal strategy that is specifically tailored to their unique resources.

How does Ohio generate electricity?

In Ohio, electricity is mainly generated using coal, natural gas and nuclear power. (The exact breakdown  is 54 percent from coal, 32 percent from natural gas, 11 percent from Nuclear, and 3 percent from various renewables). However, when investigating these trends over time, one can see a small shift starting to occur. From 2010 to 2015, coal generation in Ohio declined at an average rate of 9.5 percent per year, while oil & gas, solar, and wind generation grew at rates of 28 percent, 34 percent, and 149 percent per year, respectively.

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