Ohio has always been a key player in the energy sector nationwide. In the 19th and 20th centuries, coal mining dominated the energy industry, and today, Ohio coal still provides for over half of our electricity. In this day and age, where modern technological advancements seem to occur daily, other methods of producing energy have also seen success in Ohio, like natural gas, oil, nuclear, and even wind.

This past week, I traveled to our nation’s capital to serve as the co-chair of a policy academy on energy standards held by the Council of State Governments. Our main focus was on building relationships between regulators and legislators, both stakeholders in the industry. With the landscape of the energy sector changing and new challenges arising, it’s more important than ever for interested parties to communicate effectively in order to develop solutions.

The energy industry is one that requires a delicate balance—one between regulation and growth. Too many mandates threaten the success of energy companies and sustained lower prices, but regulations also help promote fairness. The conference made great strides toward improving this conversation, connecting all involved in the industry, state regulators and those who institute policies, state lawmakers.

The greatest thing I was able to bring back home with me after this meeting was the understanding that Ohio has a seat at the table, playing a role in the national discussion on energy policy. This is especially important for eastern Ohio, which produces the vast majority of energy to keep Ohio’s homes lit and businesses up and running.

Our state has the potential to be a leader in the energy industry, paving the way towards new technologies and innovative policies for other states. We’re able to contribute through participation in summits like the one I recently attended, and I’m proud to have represented Ohio and all we have to offer. 

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