During the October Board meeting of The Friends of the Olentangy Watershed, the Board members discussed our support of the City of Columbus Community Choice Aggregation placed on the November ballot as Issue 1.
Aggregation initiatives like this have passed in more than 400 communities in Ohio, including Cleveland and Cincinnati. If this amendment passes, Columbus would become the largest city in the Midwest to group citizen buying power for local clean energy, reducing carbon emissions by an estimated 1.2 million metric tons , a 19 percent reduction for the city.
Issue 1 would allow city leaders to contract for competitively priced electricity for its residents. This electricity would be clean electricity and would be available to those who choose to opt in. Voting for Issue 1 does not require the city residents to use the clean electricity, but gives the option for the city to purchase clean electricity in large quantities for those who do choose to opt in to the program.
We feel voting for Issue 1 would provide an opportunity for the City of Columbus to continue to move forward in allowing its residence to choose to maintain and increase the environmental health of our community, ultimately supporting the environmental health of our watershed.
For more information, please call: 866-856-5654 or contact the City of Columbus directly at CleanEnergyCCA@columbus.gov.