Freeze on Clean Energy

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 […]

Despite solar job growth, company officials say Ohio policy prevented more
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Despite solar job growth, company officials say Ohio policy prevented more

WASHINGTON, DC — “Employment in Ohio’s solar industry grew 21 percent last year, with the addition of 1,020 jobs, according to the report. The state’s total of 5,831 jobs ranked Ohio’s solar industry employment 11th overall, but only 25th on a per capita basis. Company leaders say Ohio could have […]

Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina.
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Ohio Senate president wants an energy policy that can last a decade, giving businesses certainty

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s Senate leader wants to create energy policy that can last the next 10 years. Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, said at an energy forum hosted by Vorys Advisors that remaking Ohio’s energy market is one of the key issues for the legislature in the next two years, […]

2016 Year in Review
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2016 Year in Review

Coal and Energy Our efforts since the 2014 “freeze” on Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards ramped up this year in anticipation of December 31. If legislators failed to pass a reasonable alternative to the original standards, they were set to be reinstated at year’s end. Ohio Citizen Action […]

Governor Kasich restores clean energy standards in Ohio
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Governor Kasich restores clean energy standards in Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH — “It’s important for Ohio to take advantage of the 5 year extension of the federal production and investment tax credits (PTC and ITC) for wind and solar energy resources.  This provides a golden opportunity for Ohio to accelerate renewable energy and deployment even further. States and utilities […]

Crain’s editorial: Up to standard
Freeze on Clean Energy

Crain’s editorial: Up to standard

CLEVELAND — “If Ohio goes on to develop a vibrant clean-energy industry, Dec. 27, 2016, will go down as a landmark date. That was the day Gov. John Kasich vetoed House Bill 554, which would have weakened the state’s clean-energy standards. The bill had passed the Republican-controlled state House and […]

Consumer groups maintain rate increase cases and power purchase agreements filed by the utilities are muddying the waters of Ohio's energy market.
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FirstEnergy, American Electric Power to approach renewable energy differently

CLEVELAND — “Now that Ohio’s renewable energy standards have snapped back in place by virtue of Gov. John Kasich’s veto of Substitute House Bill 554, FirstEnergy Corp. of Akron will be required to boost the percentage of renewable energy it distributes to retail customers. A freeze of the mandates in […]

hio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, and Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina.
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Ohio General Assembly leaders expect renewable energy to be on the legislature’s agenda

COLUMBUS — “It appears pretty certain that renewable energy will be on the Ohio General Assembly’s plate this session, based on comments from new Senate President Larry Obhof, a Medina Republican, and re-elected House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, a Republican from Clarksville. The two men spoke to reporters Tuesday, the first […]