Ohio's Clean Energy Future / Renewable Energy

War over Ohio clean energy standards heats up — again

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) vetoed legislation last year to halt the state’s renewable portfolio standard. State lawmakers are trying to stop it again (Credit: Marc Nozell/Flickr).

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio General Assembly is tussling yet again over the Buckeye State’s clean energy standards.

Industrial groups, fossil fuel interests and conservative groups are leading a push for the Legislature to relax Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards. They maintain the current requirements are costly, market-distorting mandates. But renewable companies, environmentalists and a collection of big-name corporations — including Whirlpool Corp. and Dow Chemical Co. — are defending the standards as cost-cutting, pollution-slashing, job-creating incentives.

A Senate committee heard testimony yesterday on a bill that would make Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency requirements optional. The proposal passed the House by a 65-31 margin in March.

…If the debate sounds familiar, that’s because it is. H.B. 114, as the measure is known, is an extension of the bitter fight that divided Ohio Republicans last year, when Gov. John Kasich (R) vetoed an Assembly plan to neuter the standards (Greenwire, Dec. 27, 2016).”

— Benjamin Storrow, E&E News

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