Two Ohio State researchers have released a new report that makes some contrarian suggestions about Ohio's place in the clean economy. In their report, "Making Green Jobs Work for Ohio," Mark Partridge, professor of rural-urban policy, and his research assistant Amanda Weinsten conclude that "while Ohio certainly has a place in the green economy, it is not in large solar or wind farms due to a marked lack in both of these renewable resources." The report instead suggests that "Ohio has a unique and strategic opportunity in the green economy if it utilizes its resources to meet the challenges and limitations of renewable energy." Specifically, the report says Ohio should pursue the following green economy sectors by continuing:

  • Conservation and pollution mitigation [initiatives], which likely [have] the greatest job producing capabilities through making the state an attractive place to live;
  • Research and development in alternative energy and energy efficiency supported mainly through Ohio Third Frontier funding. However, in these efforts, the funding should be directed by scientific considerations rather than other considerations;
  • Energy efficiency by encouraging consumers and firms to purchase energy efficient products and other energy efficiency measures;

And by increasing funding toward:

  • The transmission and storage of renewable energy through smart grid investments and advanced instrumentation as many agree this is the current limitation in renewable energy;
  • Other environmentally friendly production in niche cases when market fundamentals support it.

The full report is available here (pdf required).