This is the second article in a series exploring the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan and its impact nationwide and at state levels.
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
DHI Media Staff Writer
The majority of Ohio’s electricity is generated using nonrenewable resources of coal, natural gas, nuclear and petroleum which are found naturally in the earth and produce large amounts of electricity. Each of these resources take a long time to form and there is a limited supply available for people to use for power generation.
According to the US Energy Information Administration’s statistics, coal fueled 69 percent of Ohio’s net electricity generation in 2013, which is much higher than the 42 percent of electricity generated by coal nationally.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) reports Ohio cut its net generation of electricity from coal by close to 10 percent from 2010 to 2011.
Public Affairs Department Representative Matt Schilling said the decrease is due to environmental factors as well as an increase in the use of natural gas.