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Environment Ohio, a citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, recently released a study titled "Ohio's Wind Energy Future," which describes Ohio's wind energy options and the benefits wind resources will bring to the state.

The study calls for Ohio leaders to consider a renewable energy standard, provide tax incentives for wind developers and Ohio businesses that manufacture renewable technologies, and continue to invest in programs like the Energy Loan Fund.

"Ohio's technological know-how, existing manufacturing base and wind energy potential are a recipe for Ohio to control its energy future, yet Ohio lags behind many surrounding states like Pennsylvania and West Virginia," says Amy Gomberg, environmental advocate for Environment Ohio and author of the report. "Ohio's leaders know that Ohioans want energy independence. Today, we're urging them to heed that call and invest in Ohio's wind energy future."

"Ohio's Wind Energy Future" documents how an investment in wind energy would reduce the state's dependence on out-of-state fossil fuels and improve Ohio's economy.

"Not only are we blessed with wind resources that eventually could supply a meaningful portion of our local power requirements, our region's industrial strengths clearly suggest that northeast Ohio is well-positioned to become a high-employment manufacturing center supplying turbines and other components to the burgeoning North American wind market," says Richard Stuebi, BP Fellow for Energy and Environmental Advancement at The Cleveland Foundation.

The report is available for download at www.environmentohio.org

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