Beyond Coal Ohio

Coal is an outdated, backward, and dirty 19th-century technology.

Not only is coal burning responsible for one third of US carbon emissions—the main contributor to climate disruption—but it is also making us sick, leading to as many as 13,000 premature deaths every year and more than $100 billion in annual health costs. The Beyond Coal Campaign’s main objective is to replace dirty coal with renewable energy by mobilizing grassroots activists in local communities to advocate for the retirement of old and outdated coal plants and to prevent new coal plants from being built.


  1. We want to close all US coal plants. We’re more than halfway there!

  2. We want to stop all new gas infrastructure. That means no more dangerous pipelines or carbon-polluting plants.

  3. We want to replace dirty coal and fracked gas with clean solutions that restore frontline communities.

Learn more about the National Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign here!

Coal Plants in Ohio

Moving Ohio Beyond Coal

Coal has a long history in Ohio. For years, Ohio’s heavy reliance on coal has led our state to have some of the dirtiest air in the country, significant amounts of coal ash waste around the areas of plants, and an immense amount of land impacted or destroyed by coal mining. Our campaign seeks to move Ohio Beyond Coal through strong investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency and to support the communities on the front lines of this transition.

Current Campaign Work, Take Action Here!

Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) - While the nuclear bailout provision of HB6 was repealed in 2021, much of the original legislation still remains, including of course the extended, expanded, and fundamentally altered bailout of the OVEC coal plants.
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) - There are two separate proceedings taking place at the PUCO right now focused on audits of the OVEC bailout. Please contact the PUCO and tell them to protect customers from continued overcharges from the OVEC coal bailout.
Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) - Approves large-scale energy projects. Weigh in on the OPSB Rules Review.


Learn more about how Ohio is moving Beyond Coal

Let us know how you would like to engage with Ohio Beyond Coal

Want to learn more or interested in a presentation? Contact our Ohio Beyond Coal Team!

Becca Pollard: Organizing Representative,

Molly Nichols: Organizing Representative,

Chad Stephens: OH Conservation Program Coordinator,