Critics: Jobs will be in jeopardy if Ohio energy bill becomes law Crews work on a solar farm near Minster, Ohio.  Photo: American Renewable Energy and Power
Gov. Kasich must step in to stop ideologically driven anti-jobs energy bill: editorial Gov. Kasich must step in to stop ideologically driven anti-jobs energy bill: editorial
Green energy advocates warn Ohio lawmakers that renewable freeze will kill business Renewable energy companies joined environmental groups and trade associations this week to oppose legislation drawn up by Ohio's GOP lawmakers to further delay standards requiring power companies to provide green energy and energy efficiency programs for their customers. The bill could be approved as early as next week.
Ohio's Clean Energy Future Ohio’s energy future: What’s the problem?

Ohio’s energy future: What’s the problem?

  Ohio stands at a crossroads about its energy future. As ratepayers and citizens, we need to speak out now.  In 2014, our state legislature passed a law putting a two-year freeze on our clean energy standards. We need to get Ohio back on track to an efficient and clean […]

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  You’ll find it at Ohio Citizen Action. This is the chance to roll up your sleeves and make a difference. You’ll get to know the environmental issues and the people they affect in our area. Here, you can really put your values into action by earning a living and […]

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Take Action by December 7

In 2014, Ohio lawmakers froze renewable energy and energy efficiency standards that over their five-year implementation had: prevented pollution, by mandating utilities invest in renewable energy projects and efficiency created green energy jobs by signaling to the market that Ohio was committing to efficiency and renewables and saved customers more […]

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Crews work on a solar farm near Minster, Ohio.  Photo: American Renewable Energy and Power
Freeze on Clean Energy

Critics: Jobs will be in jeopardy if Ohio energy bill becomes law

COLUMBUS — “On the same day that a new study reported that more than 300 companies in Ohio are part of the supply chains for the wind and solar industries, lawmakers voted a bill out of committee that would make compliance with the state’s clean energy standards voluntary until 2020. […]

Gov. Kasich must step in to stop ideologically driven anti-jobs energy bill: editorial
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Gov. Kasich must step in to stop ideologically driven anti-jobs energy bill: editorial

CLEVELAND — “On Wednesday, Ohio GOP lawmakers shamefully turned their backs on the plain fact that alternative energy investments equal jobs. A House committee led by a lame-duck legislator from the Cleveland area rejected the testimony of numerous witnesses and advanced — on a mostly party-line vote — a bill that would […]

The Ohio Environmental Council's Action Fund took aim this week at State Rep. Kristina Roegner, a Republican from Hudson, and vice-chair of the House Public Utilities Committee, for her position on pending legislation that would resurrect state rules requiring power companies to provide an increasing percentages of renewable power through 2027 but make compliance for the next three years voluntary. The Action Fund projected this digital billboard on a bank building located on Capitol Square. (Brian Kaiser)
Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio lawmakers to make green energy mandates voluntary until 2020

COLUMBUS — “Ohio Republican lawmakers inched closer to a standoff with Gov. John Kasich Wednesday when the House Public Utilities Committee approved a bill that would, in effect, continue the two-year freeze on rules requiring power companies to provide green energy and energy efficiency programs. The committee, chaired by Rep. […]

The Department of Energy last month embraced a change in how it calculates the value of renewable energy, such as wind power, on the electric grid. Photo by OLC Fiber, courtesy of Flickr.
Renewable Energy

Renewables: How a data tweak could rock tomorrow’s grid

WASHINGTON, DC — “In October, the Department of Energy made a little change to how it values renewable energy on the electric grid. It immediately resolved a tussle between the electric grid and the natural gas grid over efficiency standards, with the electric utilities scoring a strategic win. But that’s […]

Kasich no fan of proposal weakening clean-energy standards
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Kasich no fan of proposal weakening clean-energy standards

COLUMBUS — “A proposal that critics say would weaken the clean-energy standards has won approval from an Ohio House panel, but Gov. John Kasich said the measure may send the wrong message about the state. However, he stopped short of saying whether he would veto the bill. House Bill 554 […]

A Sierra Club billboard posted ouside the State House in Columbus on Tuesday, November 29th in Columbus.
Freeze on Clean Energy

PRESS RELEASE: Groups respond to House Public Utilities Committee passage of a clean energy freeze extension

COLUMBUS, November 30, 2016 This afternoon, the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee passed Am. Sub. House Bill 554, legislation that replaces the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards with unenforceable, voluntary goals, essentially extending the freeze on clean energy standards for an additional three years. Also, it appears the […]

Renewable energy companies joined environmental groups and trade associations this week to oppose legislation drawn up by Ohio's GOP lawmakers to further delay standards requiring power companies to provide green energy and energy efficiency programs for their customers. The bill could be approved as early as next week.
Freeze on Clean Energy

Green energy advocates warn Ohio lawmakers that renewable freeze will kill business

COLUMBUS — “For the second day in a row, businesses, trade groups and environmentalists lined up outside State House committee hearing rooms to testify against a proposal to make Ohio’s green energy mandates voluntary for the next three years. The mandates requiring power companies to provide an annually increasing percentage […]

Ohio Citizen Action member Evan Vogelberg gave great testimony today on HB 554.
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Vote expected soon to weaken Ohio clean-energy standards

COLUMBUS — “An Ohio House panel plans to vote today on a proposal to weaken the state’s clean-energy standards, but first the committee is listening to dozens of witnesses who oppose the measure. ‘I don’t want to have to move to China to be on the forefront of (the clean-energy) […]

Rachael Belz (right) presents The Howard M Metzenbaum award to Marilyn Wall.
Ohio Citizen Action

2016 Howard M. Metzenbaum Award winners

CINCINNATI — Congratulations to Marilyn Wall and the Miami Group of the Sierra Club, 2016 winners of the Howard M. Metzenbaum award, given this year for their diligent and successful work on the combined sewer overflow issue and watch-dogging the Metropolitan Sewer District. They received their award November 19 at […]

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Supporters tout Ohio clean-energy standards before legislators

COLUMBUS — “Republican state lawmakers say they are determined to pass new limits on Ohio’s clean-energy standards, despite the approaching end of the legislative session and a possibility of a veto by the governor. Opponents of the limits responded with a show of force on Tuesday, with officials from more […]