According to the World Economic Forum, solar and wind are now the same price or cheaper than fossil fuels. Elon Musk just released a line of solar shingles that he claims are less expensive and last longer than traditional asphalt shingles.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are now more jobs in renewable energy than there are in coal and natural gas. The free market is watching and setting the tone. Renewable energy is not just the future, it is now.
Ohio gets an embarrassingly low 2 percent of its energy from renewables, with a modest goal of 12.5 percent by 2027. Michigan is already there at 10 percent. Pennsylvania is more aggressive at 18 percent by 2021. New York is shooting for an impressive 40 percent by 2030.
Cities like Burlington, VT, Aspen, CO, Ithaca, NY and Las Vegas now get most if not all their energy from renewables. It can be done! Not only that, it can be done with great benefit to the economy.
I want to commend the City of Hudson for adopting the EcoSmart Choice renewable energy program, and for Assistant City Manager Frank Comeriato's comment that Hudson is looking for ways to increase its use of renewables (I suggest turning the YDC land into a solar array.).
I also want to commend Gov. Kasich for going against his party and vetoing the renewable energy freeze. All these actions will certainly help Ohio compete, but, it is only the tip of the melting iceberg. We can do more. We must do more.
I sincerely hope the city of Hudson keeps its promise to increase renewables. I challenge our city government to make it easy for us as citizens to get access to clean energy. Let's make Hudson a model for renewable energy.
Eric Hancsak, Hudson