Ohioans Support the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative by Wide Margin

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According to a new poll, Ohioans overwhelmingly support the Ohio Jobs Initiative, the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative, by a margin of 35%. Of those polled, 64% are likely to vote for the Initiative versus 29% unlikely, with 7% unsure. The poll also discovered that 55% of respondents had known about the Jobs Initiative.

According to a new poll, Ohioans overwhelmingly support the Ohio Jobs Initiative, the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative, by a margin of 35%. Public Policy Polling (PPP) conducted the poll this month for Yes for Ohio’s Energy Future. They found that 64% of Ohioans are likely to vote for the Initiative versus 29% unlikely, with 7% unsure. The poll also discovered that 71% of respondents are likely to support legislation that allows the state of Ohio to financially invest in clean energy technologies, and that 55% of respondents had known about the initiative.

The Jobs Initiative enacts a constitutional amendment that would provide for $1.3 billion a year for 10 years from state general obligation bond funding in a comprehensive array of areas, including clean energy industries and energy-related public infrastructure projects in solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass, smart grid, and other technologies. Funding includes research and development, academic and educational development, and vocational training support. Qualified categories of applicants include individuals, companies, nonprofits, municipalities, and state agencies.

Project proposals for funding will be reviewed by the independent reviewers at the Ohio Energy Initiative Commission (OEIC), who will evaluate the technical, economic, financial, and environmental merits of each proposal. 

Starting this month, the OEIC will begin accepting a limited number of early project proposals as part of the Fast Start Program, which is limited to one quarter of the annual budget. Early project proposals may be placed on a prioritized list for funding, which is contingent on passage of the initiative.

According to Yes for Ohio’s Energy Future, the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative mirrors the enormously successful bi-partisan jobs initiative the Ohio Third Frontier, which began in 2002 under Republican Governor Bob Taft and continued under Democratic Governor Ted Strickland. That initiative is credited with producing 55,000 jobs at an average salary of $65,000 per year and with an overall return on investment of 9:1.

The Ohio Clean Energy Initiative needs 385,247 signatures by July 4, 2014 to get on the November 2014 ballot.