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‘Giveaways’ fill final report on Ohio clean energy standards


COLUMBUS — “The committee’s final report, issued September 30, focuses on the costs of the policies while not mentioning the benefits. Gov. John Kasich has called the committee’s recommendation to indefinitely continue the freeze “unacceptable.”

However, the committee’s final report doesn’t stop there – it also calls for other changes to Ohio energy law.

‘There seem to be some strange giveaways to utilities and some of the large industrial user groups,’ said Trish Demeter of the Ohio Environmental Council.

Among other things, the report urges lawmakers to broaden the scope of what would count towards the standards’ targets and could even allow some double counting for combined heat and power.

…While individual energy efficiency programs can make good business sense, critics have problems with letting industrial and commercial customers opt out of paying for the statewide programs.”

— Kathiann M. Kowalski, Midwest Energy News

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