Coley's Bill To Clarify Renewable Energy Label Approved
Legislation Would Assist Ak Steel In Construction Of Cogeneration Facility In Butler County
Columbus - 
State Senator Bill Coley (R- Liberty Township) announced today that his legislation seeking to clarify the definition of "renewable energy resources" under Ohio's energy law has been approved by the Ohio Senate. "As technologies for the production of energy continue to advance, we must ensure that Ohio is able to capitalize on these developments in our efforts to become more energy efficient and energy independent," Coley said. "The technology described in Senate Bill 289 is already being put to use, and classifying it as renewable energy will encourage its adoption in my district and across Ohio." Lawmakers passed legislation in 2008 that created advanced and renewable energy standards for Ohio to encourage the development and usage of alternative energy technologies. Coley's bill would clarify the current definition of what constitutes a renewable energy resource to include energy that is produced by the capture of waste gas created during the steel manufacturing process. Currently, the vast majority of this gas is burned off and sent into the atmosphere; however, recent technological advancements now allow industrial facilities to capture 100 percent of the waste gas and turn it into fuel. Known as cogeneration, including this waste gas as a renewable energy source under Ohio's energy law will enable companies building cogeneration facilities in Ohio to help offset the extensive capital investment required and make the power produced eligible for renewable energy credits. One such facility - which could power up to 85,000 households when fully operational - is already under development by AK Steel in Senator Coley's district. "These cogeneration facilities have the potential to bring new jobs and development to our communities, make our state more energy efficient and provide a boost to Ohio's steel industry - but we must act quickly to make sure they locate here in Ohio instead of other states," Coley said. Senate Bill 289 now moves to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.
Senator Coley represents the 4th Ohio Senate District, which includes all of Butler County. For more information, please visit
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