Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio bill would allow customers to opt out of utility renewable energy charges

Ohio Statehouse (Wikimedia Commons)

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s debate over renewable energy standards is poised to heat up again.

Rep. Bill Seitz, who heads the House Public Utilities Committee, said the bill from last year to make renewable energy standards voluntary for two years didn’t go far enough.

H.B. 114, by contrast, would introduce a voluntary renewable energy standard of 12.5% in place until 2027. For energy efficiency, the bill would eliminate the standard by 2027 after a series of phase-downs.

H.B. 114 would also permit customers who shop on the retail market to ‘opt out of paying any rider, charge, or other cost recovery mechanism’ designed to pay for utility electricity from renewable resources, starting in January 2019.”

— Krysti Shallenberger, Utility Dive

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