Post Tagged with: "Energy Efficiency"

Ohio Gov. John Kasich talks about his $55.5 billion, two-year state operating budget proposal that he introduced on Tuesday to a group at the Fairhill Center for Aging in Cleveland on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.  (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
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Ohio advocates hope Kasich follows through on promise to veto clean energy freeze

COLUMBUS — “Ohio lawmakers have passed a bill to weaken the state’s clean energy standards and make compliance with their requirements voluntary until 2019. After House concurrence this morning on Senate amendments made Thursday night, which reduce the voluntary time period from three years to two, that leaves the fate of Ohio’s renewable […]

How did your legislator vote on HB 554?
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How did your legislator vote on HB 554?

Clean-energy standards would become optional for the next two years under HB 554 that passed the Ohio Senate late December 8 and then passed the House early December 9. Kasich has 10 working days to use his veto pen before the legislation automatically becomes law. Please call his office (614)466-3555 […]

Crews work on a solar farm near Minster, Ohio.  Photo: American Renewable Energy and Power
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Critics: Jobs will be in jeopardy if Ohio energy bill becomes law

COLUMBUS — “On the same day that a new study reported that more than 300 companies in Ohio are part of the supply chains for the wind and solar industries, lawmakers voted a bill out of committee that would make compliance with the state’s clean energy standards voluntary until 2020. […]

The Ohio Environmental Council's Action Fund took aim this week at State Rep. Kristina Roegner, a Republican from Hudson, and vice-chair of the House Public Utilities Committee, for her position on pending legislation that would resurrect state rules requiring power companies to provide an increasing percentages of renewable power through 2027 but make compliance for the next three years voluntary. The Action Fund projected this digital billboard on a bank building located on Capitol Square. (Brian Kaiser)
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Ohio lawmakers to make green energy mandates voluntary until 2020

COLUMBUS — “Ohio Republican lawmakers inched closer to a standoff with Gov. John Kasich Wednesday when the House Public Utilities Committee approved a bill that would, in effect, continue the two-year freeze on rules requiring power companies to provide green energy and energy efficiency programs. The committee, chaired by Rep. […]

The Department of Energy last month embraced a change in how it calculates the value of renewable energy, such as wind power, on the electric grid. Photo by OLC Fiber, courtesy of Flickr.
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Renewables: How a data tweak could rock tomorrow’s grid

WASHINGTON, DC — “In October, the Department of Energy made a little change to how it values renewable energy on the electric grid. It immediately resolved a tussle between the electric grid and the natural gas grid over efficiency standards, with the electric utilities scoring a strategic win. But that’s […]

Renewable energy companies joined environmental groups and trade associations this week to oppose legislation drawn up by Ohio's GOP lawmakers to further delay standards requiring power companies to provide green energy and energy efficiency programs for their customers. The bill could be approved as early as next week.
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Green energy advocates warn Ohio lawmakers that renewable freeze will kill business

COLUMBUS — “For the second day in a row, businesses, trade groups and environmentalists lined up outside State House committee hearing rooms to testify against a proposal to make Ohio’s green energy mandates voluntary for the next three years. The mandates requiring power companies to provide an annually increasing percentage […]

Another Ohio renewable-energy freeze possible before Christmas, return to full-utility regulation delayed
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Another Ohio renewable-energy freeze possible before Christmas, return to full-utility regulation delayed

COLUMBUS — “Ohio lawmakers are continuing their race to a showdown with Gov. John Kasich over renewable energy. He wants it. They want to delay state rules requiring it until he after he leaves office. …Both Senate and House committees are planning to hear testimony this week for and against […]

Blue Creek wind farm turbine in Van Wert County Photo credit:
Iberdrola Renewables
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Senate, House vary on plans to change green energy policies

COLUMBUS — “The state’s top leaders are squaring off on a bill to change Ohio’s green energy policies, and the clock is ticking – a two year freeze on the state’s renewable energy standards for electric utilities expires in a few weeks. Ohio’s green energy standards spell out how much […]

Ohio lawmakers try again weaken efficiency, renewable energy rules but risk Governor John Kasich’s veto
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Ohio lawmakers try again weaken efficiency, renewable energy rules but risk Governor John Kasich’s veto

COLUMBUS — “A showdown appears to be developing between Gov. John Kasich and GOP legislative leaders over rules requiring Ohio’s power companies to sell more power generated by renewables such as wind and solar and to help customers use less electricity by converting to more efficient lighting, appliances and equipment. […]

Ohio Statehouse
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Hearings resume today on bill to further weaken Ohio clean energy standards

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio legislature resumes hearings today and tomorrow on a bill to further weaken and delay any further enforceable obligations under the state’s clean energy standards. This morning state Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) circulated Substitute Senate Bill 320, which he plans to introduce at the Senate public utilities […]