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.

The Holden Arboretum

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
Government and Politics


Battle lines drawn in fight over Ohio energy bill
Utilities are pushing for reforms to Ohio's renewable and energy efficiency standards, environmentalists and consumer groups want to keep the current law in place
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


Reporter / Host
Jeff St. Clair
 
New wind and solar projects in Ohio could face a sunset if SB58 is passed in the Ohio legislature. It rolls back requirements for renewable energy produced in Ohio starting in 2019. The bill also makes it easier for utilities to meet energy efficiency benchmarks.
Courtesy of Samir Luther Flickr CC
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Battle lines are being drawn this week ahead of a vote on a bill that changes how utilities calculate mandatory energy reduction efforts.  The measure also rolls back renewable energy requirements in Ohio. WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports.

 

LISTEN: Debate over SB 58

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:20)


Senate Bill 58 faces a committee vote this week.  The Republican sponsored measure pits environmentalists and consumer advocates against Ohio’s major energy providers.  If passed, it will alter a set of standards in place since 2008 that require utilities to help customers reduce energy use.   Marty Berkowitz with the Ohio Consumers Council says the current ways of measuring improvements in energy efficiency should remain.

He says, “the energy proficiency provisions have been working.”

Berkowitz says the new law provides a windfall to utilities without increasing energy savings for consumers, and "all the profits from these programs would go to the utilites." 

FirstEnergy’s Doug Colafella puts it another way.  He calls it, "good common sense legislation.”

Colafella says the changes to how energy efficiency efforts are measured will lower costs and provide shared savings for utilities.

“And based on the number of kilowatt-hours we save, we share in that success with our customers -  we will share in some of the energy efficiency savings that result from these programs.”

The new energy bill also changes incentives for renewable energy production.  After five years, instead of half the clean energy coming  from inside Ohio, utilities can purchase it from far outside the region.  Critics say that change could cost thousands of jobs in Ohio’s wind and solar industries. 

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

Ohio to appeal ruling keeping Akron's red light cameras in place
I don't understand what all the fuss is about. If you don't like tickets drive the speed limit and stop at red lights. It's really all up to you.

Who's on public assistance in Ohio?
legalize marijuana get over it,,, its here its been the main drug test scare of a lifetime. u got people that get drunk every night and work u got peoples on ...

Letters from a lost friend: A Beachwood survivor's Holocaust remembrance
What a great story -- and how important it was for both Marlene and her mother to tell it! Thank you.

Ohio lawmaker calls for an East Cleveland bailout
Instead of blaming Kasich and the Republicans for all of East Cleveland's fiscal woes, take a look at the facts. Some political entities in Ohio are too small ...

Legalized marijuana is a boon for a Cleveland-area grow light maker
Shouldn't he be in jail for paraphernalia? He knows he is selling for marijuana production.

Akron city council to vote on resolution for hiring ex-offenders
Great as a taxpayer I paid for the police to catch them, the free lawyer, the jail to house them , the food their kids eat the medical for them and all its goin...

5 of 8 rule headed for a vote
this is just another way for kasich to pass the buck and claim that it gives the local districts control. Few schools have enough money because of his cuts. T...

A passionate debate about parole in Ohio
I was heartened to hear that the legislators will consider ANY legislation to break the chains the parole board has put on these old law offenders who have serv...

Bill would allow Ohio religious leaders to refuse to do gay marriages
This is just a lot of political posturing. The free exercise clause of the 1st Amendment already protects clergy from being forced by civil authorities to perfo...

Copyright © 2015 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