Ohio Lawmakers, at Behest of Utility Industry, Move to Eliminate Mandates for Energy Efficiency and Renewables

first_imgOhio Lawmakers, at Behest of Utility Industry, Move to Eliminate Mandates for Energy Efficiency and Renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享John Funk for the Cleveland Plain Dealer:The Ohio House of Representatives will consider eliminating Ohio’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards.Cincinnati Republican Sen. Bill Seitz said his objective is to eliminate all state mandates and let markets determine whether energy efficiency technologies are adopted here and whether more wind, solar and hydro projects are built.Opponents say ending state mandates will cripple further development of wind and solar, and hamper the adoption of more efficient technologies in manufacturing.Seitz said the point of quick passage is to make certain the suspension of renewable and efficiency standards is in place before the end of the year. Otherwise, the state’s current renewable energy requirements, temporarily suspended by the legislature a year ago, will automatically kick back in.Among the energy mandates that have been suspended is a requirement that power companies annually increase the share of power generated by renewable energy technologies, until renewables account for 12.5 percent of the power sold.Gov. John Kasich has repeatedly vowed that he would veto any legislation that permanently suspends the renewable mandates. He made that promise in response to questions from voters during his presidential campaign.Ohio lawmakers approved the standards in 2008. They required power companies to supply an annually increasing percentage of electricity generated by wind, solar and other renewable technologies, and to help customers annually reduce electricity consumption by adopting energy efficient technologies. Only one lawmaker opposed the legislation.Prompted by the state’s utilities, lawmakers tried to permanently suspend the efficiency and renewable standards in late 2014 and again in 2015. Finally, after Kasich said he would veto any permanent suspension, lawmakers in June 2015 suspended the mandates for two years while they studied the issue. That deadline falls on Jan. 1, 2017, unless lawmakers take action before that date.Full article: Ohio renewable energy and efficiency standards could be frozen indefinitelylast_img