Ohio GOP Unveils Proposal To Freeze Renewable Energy Benchmarks

Gongwer News Service: Ohio Senate Republicans last week introduced a plan to freeze Ohio’s green energy requirements at current levels to buy time for a study commission to determine whether further changes to the controversial law are warranted.

The proposal (SB 310) sponsored by Sen. Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) would limit the state’s energy efficiency requirements to a 4.2% reduction from when the 2008 law took place. The legislation also freezes the renewable requirement at the current 2.5% of the total amount of electricity sold by Ohio’s utilities.

Meanwhile, a 21-member study committee would review the law and recommend possible changes to the General Assembly by the end of 2015.

The bill comes after months of contentious hearings on Sen. Bill Seitz’s (R-Cincinnati) proposed overhaul of the law, which requires electric utilities to cut customer consumption 22% by 2025 and sell 12.5% of their power from renewable resources.

Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) said nearly two months ago that the chamber was revisiting FirstEnergy Corp.’s original proposal to freeze the green energy standards at current levels. (See Gongwer Ohio Report, February 3, 2014).

Details in Cincinnatti Enquirer.


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2 Responses to Ohio GOP Unveils Proposal To Freeze Renewable Energy Benchmarks

  1. Joe Utasi Reply

    April 3, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    We should be EXPANDING the Renewable Energy Portfolio for our state – and to take a leadership in reducing pollution, expanding solar related jobs, and making the environment cleaner for all our citizens.

  2. robt. selle Reply

    April 6, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Without the vision to understand that our finite resources of coal, natural gas and oil will eventually bottom out we will doom our nation to continuous military intimidation of those who still have these resources not to mention the apocalyptic contamination of our environment (Atomic Energy/Oil)…and unfortunately those who rake in vast profits from the utilization of these resources could care less…Its up to the Leadership of those we elect to lead with wisdom and unwavering strength in order to prevent this..unfortunately with the proliferation of porkbarrel politics and wisdom which proceeds in 4 to 8 year election cycles the only thing i foresee happening is the expansion of what has been in place since the 40,s……Antiquated technology…and Antiquated thinking….such a shame!!!!!!!!!!….It will be our childrens children who will be the ones asking….WHY!!!!!!!!!

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