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‘Giveaway’ for utilities included in bill to make Ohio energy standards voluntary
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‘Giveaway’ for utilities included in bill to make Ohio energy standards voluntary

COLUMBUS — “The version of the bill that passed in the Ohio House yesterday includes additional language that would let utilities get so-called shared savings for decreases in energy usage in prior years. Basically, a utility could count lower energy usage from an earlier year towards a benchmark for compliance. […]

Governor John Kasich
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Are legislators calling Kasich’s bluff over renewable energy freeze?

COLUMBUS — “The vote Tuesday means the House doesn’t have the 60 votes needed to override a potential veto. Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Green Township), who sponsored the initial companion Senate Bill 320, and Rep. Ron Amstutz’s (R-Wooster), sponsor of the House Bill 554, said these alterations are a compromise with Kasich. […]

How did your Representative vote on HB 554?
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How did your Representative vote on HB 554?

House Bill 554 passed in the Ohio House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 56 to 41. The bill will delay the return of enforceable renewable energy efficiency and renewable energy provisions for three more years. Representative Party District # Vote Rep. Ron Amstutz R HD 1 Yes Rep.Niraj  […]

Follow the money behind attacks on clean energy in Ohio
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Follow the money behind attacks on clean energy in Ohio

COLUMBUS — “Fossil fuel and utility interests have used lobbyists and 2016 campaign contributions to influence state legislators in Ohio, and to drive renewed attacks on clean energy policies in the Buckeye State. Companion bills – HB 554 and SB 320 – in the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate would […]

The first vote today followed a 14-minute appeal Kasich made from the House dais at the start of the session. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, a Republican from Clarksville, said he invited the governor.
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Ohio House makes green-energy rules voluntary, despite John Kasich’s appeal

COLUMBUS — “Voting largely along party lines, the Ohio House of Representatives today approved a bill that would further delay green energy mandates by allowing power companies to decide whether they want to obey them for the next three years. …Gov. John Kasich has repeatedly said he would veto any […]

Ohio House OKs bill to weaken clean-energy standards
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Ohio House OKs bill to weaken clean-energy standards

COLUMBUS — “Renewable-energy requirements would become optional for the next three years under a bill passed Tuesday by the Ohio House. House Bill 554, which is opposed by renewable-energy companies and environmental advocates, now heads to the Senate, where leaders expect a debate and possible vote Thursday, which would be […]

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Four reasons 30% wind and solar is technically no big deal (Opinion)

Many regions are already operating power systems with more renewable energy than previously thought possible WASHINGTON, DC — “Lower costs, enhanced capabilities, and an abundance of resources have set the United States and much of the world on track to increase renewable energy deployment and decrease carbon emissions from the […]

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AEP Ohio rate plan excludes merchant generation

COLUMBUS — “AEP Ohio proposed a new retail rate plan that would more than triple residential customers’ fixed charges and shift more costs to customers that do not purchase their power through a competitive supplier. But the company’s request for a six-year extension of its ‘Electric Security Plan’ (ESP) lacks […]

Northern Ohio institutions become laboratories for future energy usage
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Northern Ohio institutions become laboratories for future energy usage

CLEVELAND — “Case Western Reserve University, NASA Glenn Research Center and the University of Toledo will serve as ‘living laboratories’ that demonstrate the value of integrating distributed energy sources with the assortment of devices, equipment and other power consumers within buildings and across the grid. The effort begins this month […]

Howard Petricoff
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PUCO’s Howard Petricoff steps down as commissioner

COLUMBUS — “PUCO commissioner Howard Petricoff, a lawyer who has practiced energy law for 40 years, resigned today rather than face an Ohio Senate rejection in the final weeks of the year. Gov. John Kasich appointed Petricoff, the commission’s only Democrat, to a five-year term on the commission in June. […]