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.

Knight Foundation

Metro RTA

Hennes Paynter Communications


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


Ohio Gov. Kasich is expected to sign a bill freezing Ohio's energy standards
Statehouse Republicans say the standards could cost consumers, Statehouse Democrats say the freeze is bad for business and future generations
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


Reporter
Andy Chow
 
The bill freezes standards for Ohio to get 25 percent of its energy from renewable resources such as solar.
Courtesy of File photo
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

It’s now up to Gov. John Kasich to decide the future of Ohio’s renewable energy standards. That’s because the Republican-dominated House and Senate have agreed to freeze the benchmarks. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the issue continues to stir strong debate on both sides of the aisle.

LISTEN: Next step for the energy freeze

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:38)


The bill’s journey to the governor’s desk has been a year and a half in the making. Legislators have held hours and hours of hearings about Ohio’s energy standards since the beginning of 2013. the end result is a bill that freezes the benchmarks for utilities, which were supposed to get 25 percent of their energy from alternative sources by 2025. This bill stops the standards for two years as a commission performs a cost-benefit analysis. 

No more low-hanging fruit
Republican Rep. Peter Stautberg of Cincinnati says the General Assembly had to make some type of change to the current standards which have, among other things, encouraged people to buy energy efficient appliances. 

“The low-hanging fruit is disappearing. Consumers can only consume so many light bulbs. And only so many refrigerators can be hauled away and only so many letters can adjust and modify consumer behavior.” 

Stautberg says consumers are taking on too much of the burden to pay for these standards. 

“At the end of the day, we don’t think it’s good policy to require all electric ratepayers to pay into the pot to then benefit a few. We think that the free market works — efficiency makes sense — and we can all make that decision for ourselves.” 

Turning our backs
But House Democrats warned that the bill could pose long-term consequences on the environment and job creation. Democratic Rep. Mike Foley of Cleveland says turning away from standards means furthering the impact of climate change. 

“The Ohio House is about to turn its back on future generations, who will live with the fact that when Ohio had the chance to diversify its energy sources and fight for a cleaner planet, it faltered and left behind a less clean and more inhospitable planet.” 

Meanwhile, Rep. Dan Ramos, a Democrat from Lorain, claimed this bill will drive companies out of the state. 

It tells the free market — it tells business — Ohio’s not for you if you want to create jobs in the alternative energy sector.” 

Republican Rep. Kristina Roegner of Hudson emphasized the fact that the bill is only a freeze that’s lifted in two years if the General Assembly takes no further action. 

Kasich is expected to sign off
The House passed the measure but not completely along party lines. Several Republicans voted against the bill, including Rep. Mike Duffey of Worthington. Duffey says the legislation didn’t do enough to benefit consumers. Two Democrats voted in favor of the freeze. 

The Senate concurred on the House’s version of the bill which means it now heads to Gov. John Kasich. A spokesperson for Kasich said the governor plans to sign the bill. 



Related Links & Resources
From the Plain Dealer: Freezing Ohio's renewable energy standards: How they voted

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

Cuyahoga Valley National Park OK's sharpshooters to thin deer herds
In this article you mention that the Mule Deer Foundation is a "hunting group" in reality the Mule Deer Foundation is a conservation group that is over 25 years...

In the driver's seat of history
I believe he was a teacher of mine as James Ford Rhodes. My favorite teacher of all time! Loved learning this part of his amazing history.

Cleveland RTA is moving Public Square bus stops beginning this week
I am very confused. Why are you taking one or more of the park and ride 246 out of service in the morning. I looking over the new schedule I see that there ar...

Canton school board will vote Wednesday on its high school merger
Great to see that THE REPOSITORY is advising a 'no' vote for now! Another point, besides all the Very accurate points already made against this move is the fac...

Some parents opting their students out of Common Core test
I am an 8th grader at a school in Allen County. I have just recently taken the ELA performance based assessment and found it extremely difficult. It asked me a ...

Fallout from the Ohio Supreme Court Munroe Falls ruling
The comment by Nathan Johnson from OEC is confusing. Instead of cities being 'emboldened' to craft zoning laws that were just stricken down by this ruling, comm...

Stopping sediment dumping in Lake Erie
Ah, yes, the Army Coro of Engineers, the geniuses that designed the levee system in New Orleans that has made the flooding worse due to no sediment reaching the...

Ohio charter school critic says reform bills are a good step
The cold truth is that these charter schools are offering services beyond the what the state tests can guage. Parents and students have a choice and they are ch...

State law trumps restrictions on oil and gas drilling in Munroe Falls
Justice O'Neill's quote brings up a point I wish WKSU would address: since, unlike for Federal judges, our judges here in Ohio are elected, and therefore respo...

Ohio Supreme Court invalidates local fracking bans
If Ohio has their way, Fracking Wells will be planted in the courtyard of every town. That is if the State of Ohio can profit by it...for more on how the court ...

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