Renewable Energy

Candidates for Ohio regulatory board vary widely on clean energy issues

A committee narrowed down a field of candidates for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to four finalists

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio members meet in March 2018. Photo by PUCO.

COLUMBUS — “Sam Randazzo has spent more than 25 years as general counsel for Industrial Energy Users-Ohio, an organization that has lobbied to scale back or eliminate clean energy standards in the state.

The organization’s website has characterized the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards as a hidden energy mandate tax on electric bills. Randazzo provided input to the office of Ohio Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, for drafting a 2016 bill to push any additional enforceable requirements under the state’s clean energy standards out for another two or three years. IEU-Ohio has also provided legislative testimony aimed at supporting bills to restrict the state’s clean energy standards.

Randazzo has criticized wind and solar energy for ‘obvious reliability-related problems.’ They ‘don’t show up for work’ and ‘can’t be made to show up for work,’ he wrote in a 2018 IEU-Ohio report.

Outside his work for IEU-Ohio, Randazzo has represented opponents to wind farm turbines before the Ohio Power Siting Board. One case dealt with a specific wind farm. In another proceeding, he urged adoption of rule language that could have applied the state’s current strict setback requirements even more harshly.”

— Kathiann M Kowalski, Midwest Energy News

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