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Alternative energy businesses say Ohio's threatening jobs
Statehouse bill would freeze alternative energy standards
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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The freeze is emerging as a jobs and gubernatorial campaign issue for Ed FitzGerald.
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With the House moving closer to a vote on an energy standards freeze, opponents are mounting a big campaign to get their message out. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow has more.

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Opponents of a bill to freeze Ohio’s energy efficiency and renewable standards are making a major push this week - with a TV ad paid for by Advanced Energy Economy Ohio.

“Just as our comeback is gaining steam, our state is trying to pass a law that would shut down new energy job growth and send us back to the rust belt.”

Along with that commercial, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald held a teleconference to discuss his opposition to the bill. FitzGerald says a freeze to the standards would hurt job growth and send a negative message to the rest of the country.

“This is going to be seen as a turning point in whether or not this whole country is going to get its act together when it comes to energy policy. A lot of these energy policies were with the most progressive things happening at the state level and we were a great example of that.”

The bill, which already passed the Senate, is scheduled for a House committee vote on Wednesday and it could also reach the House floor for a vote on the same day.

 

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