Increased interest in the Ohio Development Services Agency's (DSA) Qualified Energy Project Tax Credit Exemption resulted in an extension of the program in the recently passed biennial budget, according to the Gongwer Ohio Report. Solar and wind energy industries "had argued that Ohio's tax rate was too high compared to neighboring states and would stymie renewable energy development," so the program enables alternative energy developers to "pay a fixed payment per megawatt of electricity with the revenue flowing to local governments." Passed in 2010, the program received two applications in 2010 and 2011, nine applications in 2012 and 10 so far this year. For more information, visit this DSA webpage.