Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

Representing the 9th District of Ohio


Dependence on importing foreign oil cost America over $321 billion last year. Petroleum and energy alone added $140 billion to our trade deficit. That lost income translates into thousands of lost jobs. By developing domestic energy sources rather than defending exploitation and extraction abroad, we could create jobs at home instead of sending our dollars overseas. During this Congress, Congresswoman Kaptur introduced the Rural Energy Investment Act of 2013. This bill would invest in renewable energy programs with proven track records, such as biofuels, creating thousands of jobs that cannot be outsourced.

With Secretary Vilsack at the Red Lion biorefinery.

In Avon Lake in June 2013, Congresswoman Kaptur joined Mayor Greg Zilka and NRG Energy East Regional President Lee Davis to announce that the Lake Road power plant would not close but would in fact stay open and begin a three-year project to add gas-firing capability.

The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) recently received a $4 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy and is now developing the first freshwater offshore wind project in the nation, seven miles northwest of Browns Stadium.

From offshore wind power to fuel-efficient vehicles to sensor technology to solar research and development, Northern Ohio is emerging as a hotbed for energy innovation.

Solar Array at Toledo Zoo Brings Innovative Renewable Energy to Region

As we strive for greater energy security, we must embrace all our options—especially the innovative renewable energy sources that will power our future, and the Toledo Zoo has led the way in this regard by completing their 2.1 megawatt solar array.  The project will supply 30 percent of the zoo’s electricity needs and it will serve as a wonderful educational tool for the zoo’s more than 800 thousand visitors.  To learn more about this project, please follow the link to the story in the Toledo Blade:



H.R. 2290. The Rural Energy Investment Act of 2013. This bill would enhance domestic renewable energy production, making investments in key technologies and providing federal support for bio-based energy sources. The bill was endorsed by the Agriculture Energy Coalition, Biotechnology Industry Organization, and the National Farmers Union.

More on Energy

May 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee, today issued the following statement:

“Though imperfect, this compromise funding bill to fund the remainder of this fiscal year comes at a welcome time. Congress can now send a signal of stability and security to the American people. With this agreement, we will finally and fully fund federal agencies for the remainder of the year and avert another manufactured funding crisis. 

March 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump issued a series of sweeping executive orders that rollback critical rules and protections on the environment.

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March 16, 2017 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) issued the following statement about President Donald Trump’s draft budget proposal.

March 8, 2017 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Ranking Member on the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, welcomed a broad cross-section of members of Congress from across the country to testify before the subcommittee at a Members’ Day hearing On Wednesday, March 8, 2017.  Representatives testified before the Subcommittee to highlight critical energy efficiency and infrastructure programs and speak out against any harmful cuts to the Department of Energy (DOE), the Army Corps of Engineers, and other programs. 

November 17, 2016 Press Release

November 17, 2016                                                                           

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Kaptur Slams Republican Leaders in Congress for Failing to Pass Critical 2017 Budget and Department Funding Bills