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Advocates of Ohio’s green-energy law tally savings


COLUMBUS — “Energy-efficiency programs that could be changed or eliminated as a result of a legislative proposal have led to consumer savings of $1 billion compared with costs of about $500 million, according to company reports and an analysis by ‘green’ energy advocates.

Those figures cover the first four years — 2009 to 2012 — of programs that, under current state law, were expected to grow each year until 2025.

However, Senate Bill 310 would stop the annual increases in the law’s requirements, which cover energy efficiency and also renewable energy. Senate Republican leaders say the bill is an attempt to rein in a law that imposes costs on all utility customers while benefiting only a few of those customers. They hope to pass the measure in the next month or so.

In response, green-energy advocates say the public record shows that energy-efficiency programs have created savings that far exceed the costs.”

— Dan Gearino, Columbus Dispatch

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