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Ohio Utility Bailouts

Duke Energy, AEP, and FirstEnergy teamed up to file proposals with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) in 2013 and 2014 to get permission to raise consumer rates and use the profits to cover the costs of seven coal plants and one nuclear plant. These energy companies want to shift […]

Ohio House committee OK’s first-in-nation renewable energy freeze
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Ohio House committee OK’s first-in-nation renewable energy freeze

Two Republicans break ranks and say more share their objections COLUMBUS — “The new bill would freeze Ohio’s efficiency and renewable standards for two years. Republican Reps. Mike Duffey of Worthington and Mark Romanchuk of Mansfield wanted to bring that down to a one-year freeze. Duffey says he doesn’t like […]

Ohio’s manufacturers on both sides of debate over energy efficiency and renewable energy
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Ohio’s manufacturers on both sides of debate over energy efficiency and renewable energy

  COLUMBUS — “When the bill arrives on his desk, the key question then, critics of the bill say: Will Kasich be willing to become the first governor — to agree with a national campaign by conservative groups  — and cripple both his state’s renewable energy and efficiency standards or […]

Ohio Senate votes to halt state energy efficiency rules, wind and solar development
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Ohio Senate votes to halt state energy efficiency rules, wind and solar development

COLUMBUS — “The GOP Senate majority feuded with Kasich behind closed doors for more than 18 hours Wednesday in a battle played out against a national and global debate about climate change. In a nearly solid party-line vote, the Senate approved legislation at 1:06 a.m Thursday that allowed a two-year […]

Republican Senate President Keith Faber, a backer of Senate Bill 310, said “the governor has made some suggestions of things he would liked to see changed in the bill."
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Kasich reportedly threatens to veto energy standards bill

COLUMBUS — “Gov. John Kasich is apparently opposed to a GOP-backed bill that would stop mandated annual increases in ‘green’ energy purchases by utilities and may have threatened a veto to Republican House and Senate leaders if the bill reaches him in its current form. Multiple sources told The Dispatch […]

OH energy efficiency standards: A matter of national security?
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OH energy efficiency standards: A matter of national security?

COLUMBUS — “Beyond concerns that Ohio Senate Bill 310 on energy standards would hurt economic growth and raise energy bills, those opposed to the measure say it’s also a matter of national security. The bill would freeze the state’s renewable-energy and energy-efficiency requirements to block further tightening of standards. In […]

Advocates of Ohio’s green-energy law tally savings
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Advocates of Ohio’s green-energy law tally savings

COLUMBUS — “Energy-efficiency programs that could be changed or eliminated as a result of a legislative proposal have led to consumer savings of $1 billion compared with costs of about $500 million, according to company reports and an analysis by ‘green’ energy advocates. Those figures cover the first four years […]

Who is trying to bring down Ohio’s Renewable Energy law?
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Who is trying to bring down Ohio’s Renewable Energy law?

CLEVELAND — “Ohio State University research shows that SB 221 lowered Ohio utility bills by 1.4 percent, created 3,200 jobs, and stimulated $160 million in economic activity that contributed to the state’s GDP. Commissioned by Advanced Energy Economy Ohio Institute (AEEO), the study deflates arguments from opponents of Ohio’s RPS […]

Ohio Senate Bill 310 would allow unchecked authority to the utilities: Jereme Kent
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Ohio Senate Bill 310 would allow unchecked authority to the utilities: Jereme Kent

COLUMBUS — “In 2013, [Senator Bill] Seitz introduced a similar bill, Senate Bill 58. That bill was the second-most-lobbied bill in the Senate last year. It was the subject of testimony over three months and ultimately was defeated. You could have been for or against S.B. 58, but you would […]

A misbegotten Senate energy bill that looks backward, not forward: editorial
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A misbegotten Senate energy bill that looks backward, not forward: editorial

CLEVELAND — “The proposed Senate freeze, Senate Bill 310, introduced by State Sen. Troy Balderson, a Zanesville Republican, wouldn’t just suspend the 2008 law, letting it kick in again, automatically, at some date ‘X.’ The freeze would also mean that Ohio would have to pass an entirely new law that […]