Kasich promises to uphold renewable energy and efficiency standards, then torpedoes them

COLUMBUS – In a press briefing on his forthcoming energy bill yesterday, Ohio Gov. Kasich reassured Ohioans that he supports the State’s current renewable energy and electric efficiency standards. Within a few minutes, however, he announced steps that would torpedo them.

Cogeneration, also known as combined heat and power, captures heat lost during the production of electricity and converts it into useful thermal energy, usually in the form of steam or hot water.  As described in handouts distributed at Kasich’s briefing, he intends to propose the following changes –

  • Allow cogeneration to qualify as a renewable energy source in Ohio.
  • Allow all Ohio electric utilities to use cogeneration to meet alternative efficiency standards.

If these changes are adopted, Ohio’s renewable energy and efficiency standards would be effectively lowered by the amount of the newly-eligible cogeneration applied to meeting the standard.  Ohio’s standards, adopted in 2008, are already pathetic compared with those of many other states. Kasich’s proposal would make it worse.

— Paul Ryder, Assistant Director, Ohio Citizen Action

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