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Ohio Senate proposes freezing renewable energy goals
Bill would freeze renewable and efficiency goals at 2014 levels, one-tenth of max. levels set in 2008 law

Andy Chow
Wind energy, like that generated by these turbines in Van Wert County, would lose incentives built into a 2008 law requiring increased use of renewable energy.
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There’s a new twist to one of the most controversial debates among lawmakers. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow takes a closer look at the latest attempt to change Ohio’s renewable energy standards.

CHOW: Renewable energy freeze

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The Senate Republicans released their new energy plan which calls for an all-out freeze on energy efficiency and renewable standards, instead of an earlier piece of legislation that would have made changes to existing policies. 

The new bill halts the benchmarks which were slated to exceed more than 20% by 2025, according to a law passed in 2008. 

Operation Free is a group of veterans and national security experts that advocate for clean energy policies. Zach Roberts, the group’s Ohio organizer, says this bill would weaken the state’s energy security continues a reliance on traditional fossil fuels. 

Roberts says, “We don’t really see this bill as a freeze -- we actually see this as a full repeal. The language that we’ve read really fails to show how the freeze is lifted and the path forward is paved.” 

The bill does create a commission that must study these standards, conduct a cost-benefit analysis, and recommend new, evidence-based benchmarks. 

John McClelland is the spokesperson for the Senate Republicans. He says it’s in the best interest of Ohio’s ratepayers to press pause on these standards.

McClelland says, “Consumers have spent more than a billion dollars on energy efficiency programs over the past five years -- we know it’s costing consumers money what we don’t know is whether there’s any real economic or environmental benefit so we need to find out what is based on science, fact -- not what is a political talking point or just somebody’s idea.” 

The bill does not specify a time for benchmarks to be reinstated, McClelland says that will be up to the Legislature. 

Listener Comments:

Excellent move.

Even Germany is retreating from its subsidized commitment to renewables like wind mills. Why? The cost is hampering Germany industry and breaking the back of many consumers.

Posted by: Peter (Ohio) on April 2, 2014 5:04AM
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