In Dayton and Cincy, businesses voice support for stronger clean energy policies

By Gail Parson

Every day business leaders throughout Ohio are speaking up for strong energy policy that creates economic growth — and this week you can see it all in action.

On Wednesday, March 18, E2 hosts a business roundtable at Cincinnati’s MadTree Brewery that will illustrate how clean energy is good business. We will be joined by national, state and local leaders who will be discussing how strong environmental policy — from PACE financing to green building design to state renewable standards to the federal Clean Power Plan — are good for the economy.

Starting earlier this year, hundreds of Ohioans have made their voices heard through the Ohio Energy Future Tour. They want state lawmakers to develop, and in the case of Ohio, reinstate policy that helps grow the economy and protect the environment. Ohio lawmakers took the state backwards last year by freezing successful energy standards.

On Monday, Dayton marked the third stop on the Ohio Energy Future Tour where E2 member Greg Smith discussed the business he founded, Energy Optimizers. You can watch Greg tell his compelling story here:

Greg is growing his business by helping people save money on their energy bills. If you ever doubted the desire of Ohio energy consumers to become more energy efficient, just take a look at Inc. Magazine. In 2014, the magazine recognized Greg’s business as one of the top 500 fastest-growing companies in the country.

Environmental policy does not have to be at the expense of the economy, and that message is resonating. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley welcomed the forum held at University of Dayton by stressing that “conversations like these are key for us to have the right policies in place.”

Businesses know strong energy efficiency and renewable energy policy will help boost Ohio’s economy. They are seeing the benefits of these policies every day. School districts are able to spend more money toward improving young people’s education after learning how to become more energy efficient. And businesses that help deliver this product are growing. Just look at Greg Smith’s Energy Optimizers in Tipp City.

Gail Parson is E2’s Midwest States Advocate.