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The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus (Credit: Ohio Department of Development).
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Ohio slashes standards protecting renewable energy, worrying some experts

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio House of Representatives voted last month to slash standards protecting renewable energy, spurring concern from local climate change experts. In order to pass House Bill 114, the Ohio House of Representatives asserted renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, no longer needed the assistance of […]

Is your legislator a Clean Energy Voter?
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Is your legislator a Clean Energy Voter?

How did your legislator vote on HB 554 and HB 114? If you’re not sure who your legislator is, click here to find out. HB 554: Freezes clean energy standards. Legislation Text  House and Senate voted 12/08/2016. It was vetoed by Governor John Kasich on 12/27/2016. HB 114: Clean-energy standards […]

Reject green-energy rollback
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Reject green-energy rollback

TOLEDO — “The original 2008 mandates were reasonable standards with a real chance to move Ohio forward, both in terms of creating a healthier environment and by building a solid foundation for green-energy industry in the state. When he vetoed the rollback measure last year, the governor said the bill […]

Ohio House vote to kill renewable-energy standards reveals lawmakers looking backwards to the horse-and-buggy era instead of positioning Ohio for the future, Thomas Suddes writes. (Credit: Plain Dealer historical photograph collection/Cleveland Press photo 1986)
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Ohio House vote to kill renewable-energy standards a return to horse-and-buggy mindset: Thomas Suddes (Opinion)

CLEVELAND — “If Henry Ford had started tinkering with cars in, say, a backyard shed in Ohio rather than one in Detroit, Ohio’s House of Representatives probably would have passed a bill loudly proclaiming that Ohio was and always would be a pro-horse state. That’s how it seems, given Thursday’s […]

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Ohio House debates renewable energy and misinformation abounds

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio House of Representatives just debated and passed another bill to rollback the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard. Proponents of the bill – HB 114 – engaged in misleading attacks on the booming renewable energy industry. What follows are a few examples of the misleading claims and […]

The number of wind farms in Ohio, stagnant since lawmakers increased property setback requirements in 2014, could be further stymied by the passage Thursday of another bill in the Ohio House aimed at making the state's green energy mandates voluntary goals. The bill now goes to the Senate, where there is no companion legislation. Between 2008 and 2014, power companies in Ohio had to provide an increasing percentage of green energy in the power they sold. Lawmakers froze that percentage in 2014 for two years in 2014. In December 2016, the Republican-dominated House and Senate voted to make the standards voluntary for another two years -- only to see Gov. John Kasich veto the legislation. (Plain Dealer file)
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Ohio House kills state renewable energy standards

COLUMBUS — “Declaring that wind and solar power no longer need the assistance of a state law forcing power companies to support and sell green energy, the Ohio House of Representatives today voted to end the state’s green mandates created nine years ago. The vote was 65 to 29, with […]

Ohio lawmakers are today trying do away with state mandates requiring power companies to buy and sell solar power, or buy "solar credits" associated with solar power. The change would eliminate revenues solar developers rely on to fund projects, such as this very large solar array built by Bold Alternatives, a local Cleveland company, in 2012 atop a canopy in the parking lot of First Unitarian Church of Cleveland in Shaker Heights. (Credit:Thomas Ondrey, The Plain Dealer)
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Ohio’s renewable energy rules on the chopping block, again

COLUMBUS — “Ohio lawmaker William Seitz of Cincinnati has been trying for at least the past four years to modify or eliminate state rules requiring power companies to offer ‘green’ electricity. His latest effort, House Bill 114, is scheduled for a vote today. …Opponents, including scores of businesses, as well […]

News that solar jobs are up in Ohio comes as bill weakening clean energy progresses
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News that solar jobs are up in Ohio comes as bill weakening clean energy progresses

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio House Public Utilities Committee is considering House Bill 114, which would turn requirements for renewable energy into optional goals. This would be a change to a 2008 law that say electricity utilities must make annual investments in clean-energy programs and technologies. The committee is scheduled for […]

Don’t let knuckle-draggers on Ohio’s energy future win, leaving the people with zero: editorial
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Don’t let knuckle-draggers on Ohio’s energy future win, leaving the people with zero: editorial

CLEVELAND — “Five strikes and you’re more than out, you’re living in denial. And that’s where backers of House Bill 114 now reside — in denial of the jobs, investment, growth and future economic stability that come from a broad energy portfolio in Ohio. HB 114 not only would gut a bipartisan and virtually […]

Ohio Citizen Action joins opposition to HB 114
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Ohio Citizen Action joins opposition to HB 114

COLUMBUS — The House is likely to pass a bill weakening Ohio’s clean-energy standards next week, but opponents are lining up for a battle in the Senate. Here is a partial list of those who testified both for and against the bill: You can read all of the individual testimony […]