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Ohio lawmakers’ report ignores benefits of clean energy standards
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Ohio lawmakers’ report ignores benefits of clean energy standards

COLUMBUS — “On September 30, Ohio’s Energy Mandates Study Committee issued its final report, calling for an indefinite continuation of a current two-year freeze of any further requirements under the energy efficiency and renewable energy standards. That freeze came into effect after Ohio lawmakers passed Senate Bill 310 last year. […]

Kasich sees the light on renewable energy – sort of – during his presidential campaign
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Kasich sees the light on renewable energy – sort of – during his presidential campaign

TOLEDO — “…Kasich’s reversal on the general renewable energy mandates is seen by many as a huge step forward and a testament to the growing strength of that market, especially after major corporations such as Amazon put out signals it wasn’t eager to invest in Ohio if it continued to […]

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‘Foolishness’ or step in the right direction? Reactions to continuing Ohio’s renewable energy freeze

COLUMBUS — “Here are some reactions to the committee’s recommendation from interested parties I gathered via email and phone: Sterling Burnett, managing editor of Environment & Climate News and energy and environment research fellow at the conservative Heartland Institute: ‘We’re pleased that the freeze will continue, though we don’t think […]

If the Ohio General Assembly doesn’t lift the freeze on renewable energy benchmarks, then Gov. John Kasich should push for reinstating the benchmarks: editorial
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If the Ohio General Assembly doesn’t lift the freeze on renewable energy benchmarks, then Gov. John Kasich should push for reinstating the benchmarks: editorial

CLEVELAND — “The freeze bill created a 13-member Energy Mandates Study Committee, and required it to report by this Wednesday. The committee is co-chaired by State Rep. Kristina Roegner, of Hudson, and State Sen. Troy Balderson, of Zanesville, both Republicans. And among the panel’s members is State Sen. Sandra Williams, […]

Kasich says indefinite freeze of clean-energy standards is ‘unacceptable’
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Kasich says indefinite freeze of clean-energy standards is ‘unacceptable’

COLUMBUS — “Count Gov. John Kasich among the opponents of a legislative plan to be released today calling for an indefinite freeze in the state’s clean-energy standards. ‘A continued freeze of Ohio’s energy standards is unacceptable and we stand willing to work with the Ohio General Assembly to craft a […]

Ohio should modernize, not freeze, its electricity market: Dick Munson and Josh Knights (Opinion)
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Ohio should modernize, not freeze, its electricity market: Dick Munson and Josh Knights (Opinion)

CLEVELAND — “Across the country, America’s electricity landscape is changing dramatically, and other states are taking the clean energy lead away from Ohio. Texas, typically known for its oil and gas operations, now produces more wind power than most countries. New York is taking steps to overhaul its electricity markets […]

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In Ohio, business and clean air advocates spar over EPA ozone rule

COLUMBUS — “An upcoming Environmental Protection Agency ruling that would further reduce ground-level ozone levels has prompted a backlash from one of the nation’s largest business groups, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Clean air advocates, meanwhile, say the campaign is another example in a long history of industry groups […]

Study forecasts big health benefits from Ohio energy standards
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Study forecasts big health benefits from Ohio energy standards

COLUMBUS — “In 2017 alone, the resumption of enforceable targets under the state’s clean energy standards could save Ohioans from 2,230 asthma attacks, 230 heart attacks, and 140 premature deaths, she reported. Those data come from an analysis released last week by several environmental groups. Those groups include the Environmental […]

Andrew Thomas is Executive in Residence at the Energy Policy Center of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and also of counsel to the law firm Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis.
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It’s time for Ohio’s energy study mandates committee to set aside traditional politics

COLUMBUS — “Markets fail. And no markets fail like energy markets, with their long history of failing to account for environmental problems. There are many reasons for this, but the biggest reason is that environmental consequences are diffuse, making them difficult to account for. This has been the case for […]

Craig Butler
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Ohio EPA chief faults new U.S. air standards

WASHINGTON, DC — “New clean-air standards threaten the future of some coal-burning power plants and would undercut Ohio’s industrial comeback, the state’s top environmental regulator told a U.S. House committee in Washington on Friday. ‘We are marching down the road toward implementing a rule with far-reaching economic consequences without any […]