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Ohio bill would allow customers to opt out of utility renewable energy charges

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s debate over renewable energy standards is poised to heat up again. Rep. Bill Seitz, who heads the House Public Utilities Committee, said the bill from last year to make renewable energy standards voluntary for two years didn’t go far enough. H.B. 114, by contrast, would introduce a voluntary renewable […]

Round 2: House Republicans VS. Kasich in Green Energy Fight
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Round 2: House Republicans VS. Kasich in Green Energy Fight

COLUMBUS — “House Republicans are sending a message to Gov. John Kasich by moving a bill that would effectively kill green energy standards in Ohio. This is similar to a bill Kasich vetoed last year and  reports Kasich isn’t afraid to use that veto pen again. …Opponents of the standards […]

Levin Furniture in Avon has installed solar panels as part of its green initiatives, proving to some conservative Ohio lawmakers that solar will be built whether or not the state requires power companies to support it. (Plain Dealer file)
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Ohio energy bill hearings begin today, would end rules on efficiency and renewable energy

CLEVELAND — “Another battle over renewable energy begins today in the Ohio House of Representatives. Cincinnati Republican lawmaker William Seitz isn’t about to give up his campaign to get rid of the state’s rules requiring power companies to sell a percentage of power generated by wind and solar and to help […]

Bill to weaken clean energy standards progresses despite Kasich opposition
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Bill to weaken clean energy standards progresses despite Kasich opposition

COLUMBUS — “The latest proposal to weaken Ohio’s clean-energy standards is on a fast track, as a key lawmaker said today that he wants to see the measure pass on the House floor within a matter of weeks. But that doesn’t change the underlying reality that Gov. John Kasich opposes […]

The Timber Road II wind farm in Ohio (Credit: Keith Lott/USFWS, Creative Commons)
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‘Outlier’ study on Ohio renewable standards is flawed, say critics

COLUMBUS — “A study calling for repeal of Ohio’s enforceable renewable energy standards – released just days ahead of legislation to further weaken those laws – will almost certainly be cited as hearings begin on the bill this week. Clean energy advocates, however, say the report is flawed because it relies […]

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After December veto, proposal to change green energy requirements on utilities to goals is back

COLUMBUS — “When Gov. John Kasich vetoed another two year freeze on the state’s renewable energy benchmarks last year, his fellow Republicans in the legislature promised they’d be back with a total repeal of those benchmarks. And they appear to have taken the first step. Amid the Christmas rush in […]

A solar array at Sycamore Township Fire Department's facilities in Cincinnati. (Credit: Tom Knox)
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Ohio’s renewable energy mandates would become goals under latest Statehouse proposal

COLUMBUS — “Ohio Republicans have introduced a bill to gut the state’s renewable energy standards. The changes would strip the 2008 law that enacted the standards of much of its muscle. House Bill 114 follows through on a promise made last month by Rep. Bill Seitz to scrap the requirements […]

Ohio wind farm development has stalled with the two-year freeze on rules requiring power companies to provide more green power every year. Lawmakers have now decided to make the mandates voluntary for another two years. Gov. John Kasich has threatened to veto the bill. (Plain Dealer file photo)
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Ohio GOP lawmakers aim to kill wind, solar mandates, endorse competitive markets

CLEVELAND — “The Republican majority in the Ohio House is moving again to get rid of the state’s renewable energy rules. In a bill sponsored by a Cincinnati Republican and released late Tuesday, the House would make voluntary the mandates that now require power companies to generate or buy and […]

Advocates say industrial lobbyists play outsized role in blocking Ohio clean energy
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Advocates say industrial lobbyists play outsized role in blocking Ohio clean energy

COLUMBUS —”Ohio lawmakers may be relying upon an industrial energy lobbying group more than they should, a watchdog group suggests after reviewing emails between lobbyists and legislators. Industrial Energy Users-Ohio is an organization made up mostly of large manufacturers that has opposed expanding the state’s clean energy standards in recent […]

Ohio GOP targets clean energy standards, efficiency rules
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Ohio GOP targets clean energy standards, efficiency rules

COLUMBUS — “It’s been just six weeks since Gov. John Kasich vetoed a GOP bill that would have delayed for another two years mandates requiring power companies to sell an increasing percentage of renewable energy and help customers use less power. Rep. Louis Blessing, III, R-Cincinnati, began circulating a memo […]