Sherrod has led the fight for our nation’s energy policy to focus on decreasing our dependence on foreign oil and creating manufacturing jobs in Ohio. Sherrod has long recognized that a smart energy policy is also smart jobs policy and that Ohio is leading the nation. According to a report released by the Council of State Governments, Ohio led the country in the number of clean energy jobs created by the Recovery Act during the first reporting period.
Sherrod is a leading voice in Congress for policies help manufacturers retool and expand their operations into clean energy production. He has consistently fought for tax credits to help Ohio’s manufacturers, which have created hundreds of jobs in Ohio, more than almost any other state.
Sherrod also introduced legislation that would create a revolving loan fund to help auto suppliers and other small and mid-sized manufacturers improve their long-term competitiveness and retool for the clean energy economy. This legislation, known as the IMPACT Act, has been endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers as well as thousands of small and medium businesses who recognize the opportunities of a clean energy economy. An estimated 52,000 jobs could be created in Ohio under Brown’s bill.
To promote wind energy, Sherrod introduced The Program for Offshore Wind Energy Research and Development (POWERED) Act of 2010 to encourage the development of the offshore wind energy sector. This legislation would spur research on potential offshore wind projects, expand incentives for offshore wind development, and require the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a comprehensive roadmap for the deployment of offshore wind.
With Michigan’s Senators, Sherrod is working to create a solar power manufacturing initiative–a not-for-profit research consortium anchored by the University of Toledo and Dow Corning in Midland, Michigan. This research consortium, including several clean energy companies in both Ohio and Michigan, will house state-of-the-art equipment, laboratories, and manufacturing-scale capabilities. This public-private partnership will tap into existing R&D resources and accelerate product development to local industry growth in solar energy thereby accelerating the deployment of solar technology and creating new jobs in the region.
Brown is now working closely with wind experts, developers, and universities in northern Ohio to help coordinate offshore wind research and development as well as to help implement efforts to build the first freshwater wind farm in Lake Erie. Brown is working closely with Ohio’s burgeoning offshore wind industry to ensure it has the full support of the U.S. Department of Energy.