News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Meaden & Moore

Don Drumm Studios

Wayside Furniture


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Economy and Business


Utilities and environmentalists argue over a blank piece of paper in Columbus
A key Senate committee hears arguments for and against repealing energy efficiency standards, but who will write the bill?
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


Reporter / Host
Jeff St. Clair
 
Cincinnati Republican Bill Seitz heads the Senate Public Utilities Committee. He's introduced a placeholder bill that could roll-back energy efficiency goals in Ohio. Similar measures in other states are being written by the conservative policy group ALEC. Seitz is a recent member of that group's board.
Courtesy of Ohio Senate
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

An Ohio law that requires power companies to reduce the amount of electricity used over time is facing a determined challenge by a northeast Ohio utility.

WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports on FirstEnergy’s fight to repeal parts of the five-year-old energy efficiency mandate.

 

St.Clair - energy efficiency roll-back

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:14)


Power companies and environmentalists are fighting it out over energy policy this week in Columbus. There’s nothing unusual about that.

What IS strange is that both sides are arguing before the Senate Public Utilities Committee about a bill that has nothing written on it. In a rare move, committee chairman and Cincinnati Republican Bill Seitz introduced a placeholder bill - a blank piece of legislation that will ostensibly be written up after the debate.  Environmentalists want the Senate bill to STAY blank.  They say the current energy efficiency law has created thousands of clean-energy jobs, and millions in utility savings.

But FirstEnergy spokesman Doug Colafella says the state’s five-year-old efficiency standards are actually costing consumers, and didn’t anticipate cheap natural gas from fracking.

He says the customer costs of complying with the mandates, "will be a significant drain on the economy and inhibit the development of shale gas in Ohio."  Instead of saving energy, he says the mandate continues to, "artificially suppress electric demand in the state," and could impact our competitiveness.

Ohio is one of 14 states considering a roll back of energy savings bench-marks. The conservative American Legislative Exchange Council is helping to write many of those measures.  The blank placeholder bill now being debated in Ohio could also be penned by ALEC.  Chairman Bill Seitz is a recent member of that group’s board.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Bridgestone exec indictments are latest step in a billion-dollar price-fixing case
Why is O.P.E.C Not investigated and charges brought against it and it's member companies? It sounds exactly the same...

Ohio's new drilling rules rely on known earthquake faults
requiring drillers to place seismic monitors when they drill within 3 miles of known fault lines. This comment really upsets me!! What good does an instrument t...

Kasich's gubernatorial ad focuses on his blue-collar roots
John Kasich is the biggest con-man in America. He will say one thing and then do the opposite. He is terribly successful at fooling the public and he is worki...

Cab drivers who refuse to drive Gay Games taxis will be replaced
the irony is that most americans distrust or hate muslims much more than they hate gays!! silly ignorant bigots-GO HOME!!!

New transportation companies come to Cleveland
Ride-sharing companies are breaking laws and regulations every day. From regulatory fee evasion to use of smartphone while driving (and even two smartphones(!) ...

Cleveland anti-poverty agency executive resigns amid financial probe
That committee won't be too independent. He plans to stay on until after the new appointee is chosen.

How can you wipe a criminal record clean?
Great article! NO CLINIC in May 2014, however, because it's graduation month for students For the next dates of the FREE Legal Clinic to help with Expungment,...

Drilling remains suspended while ODNR investigates NE Ohio earthquakes
Flaring and lights, so has all been halted? Also, smell of HS2 and sounds of an auger/drilling/water rushing underground. So, has all been halted? In light of t...

Will the Ohio River carry fracking wastewater?
Texas $ vs. WV citizens . Who will our governor listen to?

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University